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Forest Green v Crewe: Rovers are on the right track


It’s back to League Two action for Forest Green on Saturday, with the side taking on Crewe Alexandra at The New Lawn looking to make it four games unbeaten.

Rovers are coming into this one off the back of two victories to kick off September, last weekend’s 1-0 win at Sutton was followed up with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at home to League One Shrewsbury in the EFL Trophy.

Head coach David Horseman made eight changes between the two games but the rotated side continued to improve with goals from Dylan Kadji, Tyrese Omotoye and Matty Stevens, as well as a penalty save late on from reserve keeper Jamie Searle.

With so many impressive performances in the last couple of weeks, Horseman has a genuine selection headache on his hands for Saturday’s game.

The first six weeks of the season have given the head coach chance to get minutes in the legs of the available first team members, but the match against Crewe will represent a strong indication of Horseman’s favoured XI.

“There were a couple of people that really stood up the other night I thought, take the Newport game out I think in general we have played okay,” Horseman told the club website.

“What was really nice was Matty Stevens bending one in, Tyrese (Omotoye) scoring another goal, I think what the lads have got is really good spirit, but they all want to play, we can give them a plan and they have to produce and they have done in the last couple of games so long may that continue and give us the selection headache.”

Matty Taylor and Troy Deeney got the nod in attack at Sutton but Stevens and Omotoye both netted on Tuesday, taking their season tally to three and two, respectively.

“The quality and strength in the squad is unbelievable. Everybody is fighting for places,” defender Jamie Robson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

Jordan Moore-Taylor is still unavailable but is expected back in full training next week, as is Marcel Lavinier with Sean Robertson back from suspension for next week’s game against Doncaster.

Saturday’s visitors have nine points from their first six games, losing just once on the way to two wins and three draws that leave them in 11th place.

“The Railwaymen” were beaten by Port Vale in the week but won their last league game against MK Dons, coming from behind and scoring three second half goals.

Summer signings Shilow Tracey, from Cambridge, and Joe White, on loan from Newcastle, were instrumental in the fightback after coming off the bench.

Forest Green can leapfrog Crewe in the table with victory, but the away side will be hoping to jump up into the playoff places and could end the day as high as 2nd.

The Gym Bar and Carol Embrey Suite will be open until 7pm tomorrow as the club will be showing England’s match against Ukraine from 5pm.

The Tour of Britain is passing through Gloucestershire on Saturday and the Nailsworth club have asked fans to allow extra time to get to The New Lawn.

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