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Forest Green pre-match: ‘It’s a big game’ – McGeouch on Rovers’ trip to Accrington

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Forest Green midfielder Dylan McGeouch has acknowledged the significance of today’s trip to Accrington Stanley in the club’s effort to avoid relegation this season.

Rovers are eight points from safety with 12 games remaining, whereas their opponents, fellow strugglers in 21st place, could jump out of the relegation zone with a win at the weekend.

McGeouch said: “It’s a big game, I won’t downplay it. We know the importance but it’s about keeping calm and sticking to the game plan.”

“We want to win games. In the last four or five weeks there’s been a few games where we feel we should have walked away with the three points and hopefully we can turn those positive performances in to a win and give ourselves a chance (of survival).”

The Nailsworth side are without a win since manager Duncan Ferguson joined the club in January despite largely improved performances and they’ll travel to Lancashire heartened by their comeback to draw against Lincoln City last week.

“We can take a lot of positives the way we finished the game (against Lincoln). We’ve conceded early on in a few and hopefully we can nullify that, we regrouped and changed a few things at half-time and in the second half, with the chances we had, we probably should have won,” said McGeouch.

“Hopefully we can turn that 45 minutes in to 90 minutes and take the three points because we need them,” he added.

Having celebrated his 30th birthday at the beginning of 2023, Scottish-born McGeouch is the oldest member of the Rovers squad, assuming immediate responsibility when he joined the club in November.

“The team’s getting younger and younger, I’ve got a little bit of experience and hopefully I can pass it on to the younger boys. We’re all in this together,” McGeouch said.

The club suffered in his absence when they were brushed aside at Ipswich Town but came from a goal down after he returned to action in the second half against Lincoln City.

“I just missed out (against Ipswich) but I’ve had a full week’s training so I’m feeling good and ready to go.”

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