Ebou Adams team Forest Green Rovers will host Carlisle united this afternoon in the FA CUP tie at the New Lawn Stadium.
Forest have won just one of their previous last meetings with Carlisle united. (D2L2) with each of these meetings coming in league 2.
Forest Green and Carlisle have already met in league 2 this season in a goalless draw at Brunton Park that saw James Morton sent off for rovers
forest are yet to reach FA CUP third round as a league side, last doing so in the 2009/10 campaign Carlisle have lost just two of their last 9 away FA CUP games ( W5 D2) though these have come in their last 4 on the road.
“For us, it’s the next game. We’re looking forward to it, it’s the FA Cup, everybody loves the FA Cup and we want to get into the next round,” said head coach Mark Cooper.
“There’s the new manager effect, Chris (Beech) has got the opportunity to manage at Carlisle and with that a freshness and players ready to impress and we have to guard against that.
“I’m not sure how beneficial it is for my staff and analysts to worry too much about Carlisle’s last games, because it will be totally different. We are going to concentrate on us and it is a free hit for Chris, away from home.”
“It’s a great way for me to start at this club. It’s a place I’ve never been to so I’m looking forward to seeing it for the first time,” said new head coach Chris Beech.
“It’s a place I’ve missed out on with them being a little bit lower, but obviously they’re in the ascendancy now.
“The pitch will be brilliant, the opponents will be brilliant, so we’ll have to be extra brilliant to make sure we beat them. I know Coops, he’s a good lad, he’s been manager a long time, I have a lot of respect for Mark Cooper.
“Obviously we’d all enjoy a cup run. I want to go on one and I’m sure the Carlisle supporters and players do. But I’m sure everyone attached to Forest Green also wants that. That’s why we have to make sure we’re ready to fight and battle and play our game.”
With the passing of match-week 19, Carl Winchester, Joseph Mills, Ebou Adams and Dom Bernard have all been given reprieves, after they all picked up four yellow cards before the extension of the number needed before getting a single-match ban, which has now been extended to 10 games by match-week 32, with a two-match ban as the punishment for exceeding that.
Mark Cooper has reported no new injuries after Tuesday, and is expected to name the same squad as the one that faced the Railwaymen.
Jack Bridge, stomach upset, and Elias Sorensen, migraine, are both back available for Chris Beech this weekend after returning to training this week.
About: Carlisle United
It was a successful season for United in 2018/19, as they finished just a little short of the top seven. Having started the campaign well, Carlisle lay the foundation for their real push in the middle of the season, and a run of eight wins from nine in League Two, which saw them close in on the division’s heavy hitters.
However, a sticky final few months of the campaign saw them slip to a position they couldn’t quite recover from, despite important wins against promoted Lincoln City and Bury late on.
Ready to kick-on from their late push last time out, Carlisle would have had high hopes going into the 2019/20 season. However, a slow start to the season, and no back-to back wins thus far, has seen the divisions most northerly side struggling at the south-end of the table.
A win on opening day proved to be their only one in the first five, before one draw and five losses in October – and a tough start to November – saw the club part ways with manager Steven Pressley after 10 months in charge.
Carlisle-born Gavin Skelton stepped up from his role of assistant manager to lead the side on an interim basis, but he too has struggled to get the Cumbrians into gear.
Former Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech was appointed to the role of head coach on Tuesday, with tomorrow being his first game in charge and he will be hoping to get off to the perfect start.
Key Player: Harry McKirdy
Carrying on from his form from earlier in the season, midfielder Harry McKirdy has been the standout man, finding the back of the net on seven occasions and claiming the assist on a further five.
The former Aton Villa attacking midfielder spent the second half of last season at Newport County before signing a one-year deal with Carlisle, two goals and an assist coming in the last round of the FA Cup against Dulwich Hamlet.
Last time they met:
Forest Green Rovers took a point on the long trip back home from Carlisle United after seeing out the final 20 minutes with 10 men.
After a positive second half, James Morton picked up a second yellow card on the 70 minute mark after a sliding challenge in the middle of the park.
Despite the man advantage late on, the hosts were unable to get the vital goal to take the win and Mark Cooper’s side made the long trip home on the Tuesday night with a point to their name.
This will be the eighth meeting between the two clubs, with Carlisle edging the stats, having won three to FGR’s two wins and two draws.
Carlisle United have never lost an away game against Forest Green, securing a 3-0 win and and 1-0 win in their first two visits to Nailsworth.
Curtesy of www.fgr.co.uk