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Preview: Forest Green Rovers (A)

16 April 2021

United continue their tough run of fixtures with another long distance away trip, this time to face Forest Green Rovers on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off).

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17 April 2021

Neil Cox takes his side to the innocent New Lawn looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat in midweek away at Morecambe, although the Iron have kept three clean sheets in their last five games.

The side have lost back-to-back away league games for the first time since January and will be looking to ensure it's not three in a row for the first time since October.

A win could take United up two places from 19th to 17th in League Two.

TEAM NEWS...

Devarn Green returned to the squad in midweek and came on as a substitute as he recovered from a thigh problem from a week prior at Carlisle.

Also returning to the squad to be a used substitute was defender Harrison McGahey who overcame his thigh problem to make his first appearance since early March (away at Salford), and Cox said in his pre-match interview that McGahey could be due a return to the starting line-up.

Ryan Loft misses out again with a groin problem, goalkeeper Mark Howard remains out for three-to-four weeks with a thigh injury, while Manny Onariase has missed the last three games with a hamstring problem. Right-back Jordan Clarke continues to be a doubt after reporting a swollen ankle following the defeat at Carlisle seven days ago.

Left-back Junior Brown is out for a total of five-to-six weeks with a hamstring injury that forced him off against Bradford City and attacker Jordan Hallam is out with the hamstring problem which he suffered against Oldham Athletic in March, while Olufela Olomola's season looks to be over after he suffered a medial ligament injury.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) is set to miss the rest of the season, while midfielder George Hornshaw and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey are both expected to be out for the remainder of the campaign too following ankle surgery.

THE OPPOSITION...

Forest Green begin life without Mark Cooper who the side parted company with on Sunday following their 2-1 defeat at Walsall.

Under-18s Manager Jimmy Ball has been named as interim Head Coach of the first-team until the end of the season.

Including that defeat against the Saddlers, it was their fourth defeat on the bounce with just one win to their name in their last eight games. It ended a five-year association with the club for Cooper, who managed the side for a total of 255 games.

Summer signing Jamille Matt is the side's top goalscorer with 17 goals to his name in his debut season at the club. Coming from Newport, the striker was one of their most high-profile summer arrivals, also adding five assists to his tally. Aaron Collins is next on the list with eight goals and seven assists.

Udoka Godwin-Malife has played their most minutes in the league so far this season, clocking up a total of 3,442 with Matt second having played 2,965. Ebou Adams is statistically their worst-disciplined player with six yellow cards and two reds to his name this season.

PAST MEETINGS…

We have met on just four previous occasions, with the Green Army winning for the first time in the reverse fixture back in October, despite Aaron Jarvis breaking the deadlock for the Iron.

Scunthorpe won 2-0 at the New Lawn last season, with Alex Gilliead and Abo Eisa scoring after Jake Eastwood's penalty save from Matt Stevens.

Prior to that, the two teams had only met once, with United running out 2-0 winners in the FA Cup first round in November 2004. Gary McSheffrey scored two goals as the Iron negotiated through a tricky tie at the then non-league outfit.

SEASON - DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2020-21 - Sat Oct 10 LG 2 Iron 1-4 Forest Green Rovers Jarvis
2019-20 - Sat Feb 22 LG 2 Iron 1-0 Forest Green Rovers McAtee
2019-20 - Sat Dec 7 LG 2 Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Iron Gilliead, Eisa
2014-15 - Sun Nov 9 FAC R1 Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Iron McSheffrey (2)
  SCUNTHORPE WINS DRAWS FOREST GREEN WINS
CUP 1 0 0
LEAGUE 2 0 1
TOTAL 3 0 1

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO

Friday
Crawley Town v Cheltenham Town (6.30pm)

Saturday
Carlisle United v Port Vale (12.30pm)
Exeter City v Southend United (12.30pm)
Grimsby Town v Bolton Wanderers (12.30pm)
Harrogate Town v Bradford City (12.30pm)
Leyton Orient v Barrow (12.30pm)
Morecambe v Oldham Athletic (12.30pm)
Newport County v Cambridge United (12.30pm)
Stevenage v Mansfield Town (12.30pm)
Tranmere Rovers v Salford City (12.30pm)
Colchester United v Walsall (5.30pm)


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