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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Forest Green Rovers

28 September 2018

Macclesfield Town will be looking to get their season back on track, as Forest Green Rovers visit the Moss Rose on this afternoon.

After last week’s 2-1 defeat away to Morecambe and the midweek Carabao Cup exit to West Ham, Mark Yates’ side will be desperate to make amends by securing their first league win of the campaign.

The visitors meanwhile are one of only two teams in the Football League who remain unbeaten, although Rovers have drawn six of their opening nine league games which sees them lie in ninth place.

But their start to the season marks a positive change in fortunes for Mark Cooper’s side, who were languishing at the bottom end of the table for the majority of last season.

 

Team News

The Silkmen have no fresh injury concerns of this important fixture, with the long-term absentees in the shape of Jordan Ponticelli, Ryan Lloyd and Elliot Durrell all still ruled out for the foreseeable future.

Callum Evans is also set to miss out, after being stretchered off at Morecambe last week.

Mark Cooper was pleased to announce that he has a fully fit squad at his disposal ahead of Saturday’s clash.

 

Last Time Out - Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Macclesfield

Rewind back to November last year and a first-half strike from Christian Doidge was enough to send Forest Green through to the Second Round of the FA Cup.

With John Askey’s side in the heat of a promotion battle and Rovers struggling in League Two, only six places seperated the two sides prior to the fixture in the football pyramid.

But it was the League Two side who were victorious when Doidge popped up in the 42nd minute to bundle home a Scott Laird cross.

The Silkmen had chances to force a replay or even secure victory - but superb goalkeeping from the Chelsea loanee Brad Collins denied Danny Whitehead from close range after some excellent work from Tyrone Marsh.

After the First Round cup exit, Macclesfield subsequently went on an 11-game unbeaten run in the league, a major factor in our successful National League Championship quest.

 

One to Watch - Reece Brown

The former Birmingham City academy product arrived at The New Lawn in the summer of 2017 and is enjoying the most successful stage of his career to date.

Praised by former managers Lee Clark and Gary Rowett for his technical ability, concerns had been raised over Brown’s physicality and his attitude - aspects that had significantly stalled his promising career.

The midfielder had attracted the interest of Premier League sides West Ham United and Bournemouth and the 22-year-old also caught the attention of Manchester City.

Playing in a number ten role last season, Brown was a highlight in Forest Green’s campaign as the Dudley-born youngster chalked up his first full season.

Mark Cooper has now deployed the talented midfielder in a deeper role alongside Carl Winchester and Lloyd James, which has enabled Brown to dictate games and start attacks.

 


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