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HEAD TO HEAD: FOREST GREEN ROVERS

4 April 2019

Ahead of Saturday's visit of Forest Green Rovers to The People's Pension Stadium, we take a look at our head to head record with Mark Cooper's side.

Crawley have a reasonably good record against Saturday's opponents, winning seven and drawing four of the previous 16 meetings in non-league and, since last season, in the Football League where we have met three times since Rovers’ promotion at the end of the 2016-17 season.

In our last match against the men in green, Forest Green ran out 1-0 winners in September in what was Gabriele Cioffi’s first away match in charge of Crawley Town. Reuben Reid scored the only goal of the game in a match which also saw Joe McNerney sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card. 

Last season, Forest Green won 2-0 at the New Lawn when Christian Doidge and Reuben Reid secured the win inside the opening half an hour to halt our post-Christmas surge up the table. Thomas Verheydt (pictured) scored the Reds goal in a 1-1 draw in the return fixture at the Broadfield Stadium, equalising after Doidge’s opener.

We had some tasty fixtures with FGR in our non-league days. In August 2010, just three weeks into our title-winning season, Matt Tubbs scored the winning penalty in a 1-0 win at the Broadfield. However, that wasn’t the whole story as the second half saw a whopping four red cards – two for each side – in a 14minute spell of madness before Tubbs struck.

The first came for Rovers’ Sean Bartlett for a second booking, then Kyle McFadzean suffered the same fate seven minutes later. Two minutes after that, goalkeeper Michel Kuipers was dismissed following an incident in the penalty area. Nick Jordan saved the subsequent spot-kick and, from the re-start, George Caines saw red for a last man challenge in the area and Tubbs struck the winner.

In the corresponding fixture in Gloucestershire three days into the New Year, Matt Tubbs bagged a brace alongside Craig McAllister’s opener as Reds recorded a 3-0 win on the march to the Conference title on a snowy afternoon at the New Lawn.

 


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