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PREVIEW: Forest Green Rovers

20 April 2018

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The Spireites will be heading on their travels once again tomorrow, for their penultimate away game of the season at Forest Green Rovers, 3pm. Here’s our big match preview……….


Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online. Supporters are also advised that there’ll be no tickets available at The New Lawn on the day of the game.

Team News

The hosts will have a fully fit squad to choose from for tomorrow's game.

Jack Lester meanwhile, will be hoping to include Ian Evatt in his matchday squad, after the central defender missed Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Exeter City. Though Lester believes that the match may come too soon for him.

The Spireites boss has no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to Gloucestershire.

The opposition

The Manager - Mark Cooper

During his playing days, Cooper made appearances for 17 different clubs but he was probably best known for his two spells at Exeter City, where he made well over 100 appearances in midfield.

The 49-year-old is also becoming a well-travelled manager too, with Forest Green the eighth club he has taken charge of since 2004.

He was appointed manager in 2016 just days before Rovers' National League play-off final but took on just an advisory role for the 3-1 defeat to Grimsby.

However, 12 months later it was Cooper who was celebrating at Wembley after beating Tranmere Rovers 3-1 to secure Forest Green's place in League Two for the first time in the club's history.

One to watch - Christian Doidge

The Welsh forward has been extremely prolific since joining from Dagenham & Redbridge in 2016, hitting 48 goals in just 88 appearances - 21 of those have come this season.

Doidge failed to make the breakthrough in the youth setups at Southampton and Bristol Rovers, with some concerns over his height.

But after catching the eye in the lower leagues of Welsh football and working his way up to the professional game, the 25-year-old is now one of the most clinical forwards around.

Head to head

Tomorrow’s clash will be the first time that we will have visited the New Lawn.

With the first-ever meeting between the two sides came earlier this season when two goals from Jak McCourt and another from Kristian Dennis were enough for a 3-2 win at the Proact.

Forest Green – 0

Draws - 0

Chesterfield - 1 (win)

Click on the link below to see the goals from that night in November.

From the dugout

Lester knows that only a win will do, in order to boost the Spireites' hopes of survival, though he's confident his team can produce the goods against Cooper's men.

He said:  “There’s pressure on us to perform, but you’ve just got to make sure that your processes are right and that you’re doing the right things and concentrate on having a good game, and I think we’ll do that tomorrow.

“They’re a good side, but they’ve been on a difficult run.

“They’ve got some good players, and there are areas where they can hurt you, but there are areas where we can hurt them."

Can't get to Gloucestershire? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game. 

Across match day we'll have:

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow.

- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page.

- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds.

- Stats and reaction across the weekend on the official site.

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