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Though winning automatic promotion to League One is Forest Green’s primary target this season, following defeat in the playoffs last season, the upwardly mobile Gloucestershire club are also seeking to make a name for themselves in the cups.
The side managed by Rob Edwards fell to a shock FA Cup loss on Sunday, though, away to St Albans City. Despite taking the lead through a Mathew Stevens strike in the 18th minute, they were ultimately beaten 3-2 at Clarence Park; slumping out in the competition’s first round.
Rovers have fared little better in the EFL Trophy to date, as both of their games in this competition so far have been decided by means of a penalty shootout: they were edged out by Northampton in the first and then beat Brighton Under-21s 5-3 on spot-kicks last month.
Top of the table after 15 matches in the EFL’s fourth tier, Forest Green will not want to squander hard-earned momentum with back-to-back losses in the space of a few days. They face a long round trip to Hartlepool next weekend, though, so Edwards may also have at least half an eye on that league fixture when selecting the team to meet an in-form opposition side.
Unbeaten in eight matches ahead of Tuesday’s game, Walsall will be looking to extend that fine run and continue manager Matt Taylor‘s rebuild at Bescot Stadium by completing Group L with a perfect record of three wins from three.
After struggling for consistent form through the opening weeks of the current campaign, the Saddlers have now started to find their feet in League One, having gone through October without tasting defeat. That leaves them 14th in the table, still some 11 points adrift of the pace set by Forest Green.
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They started this month with an FA Cup victory over underdogs King’s Lynn Town on Saturday afternoon – Brendan Kiernan‘s 15th-minute winner proved enough to earn the win – and Walsall’s pursuit of a place in the third round for just the second time in six seasons therefore goes on.
Having avoided a banana skin in the nation’s oldest cup competition, they now switch their attentions to the much-maligned EFL Trophy, where progress is already assured.
For that reason, several players could be rested by former Bolton defender Taylor, who will be planning ahead for Harrogate’s forthcoming visit to the West Midlands when Walsall return to league action next weekend.