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Skipper's knee to be assessed ahead of Iron's trip to Rovers
Braintree Town will head to Forest Green Rovers tonight looking to extend one of the Blue Square Bet Premier’s best away records, but they know it won’t be easy against a side looking for revenge.
The Iron beat Rovers 3-1 at the Amlin Stadium before Christmas, but despite that important victory against a side pushing for promotion, Braintree have been a stronger side on the road this year.
No-one else outside the top five in the division has a better away record and boss Alan Devonshire will be looking to build on his team’s six wins so far as they hope to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-0 home loss against Hereford United.
Devonshire said: “We are defensively sound and better than we were last year away from home.
“There's no rocket science about it and I know we gave away two sloppy goals on Saturday at home, but it’s something we have tried to cut out this year.
“It’s a concern that we haven’t been able to do it so much at home.
“The space isn’t there and people are showing us a lot of respect because of our home record last year.
“But we have to find a way around it.
“We have created chances and I’d be worried if we hadn’t done that.
“While we’re creating, then I’m quite happy with that.
“We know it will be tough at Forest Green and I’m sure they’ll be at us big time after we beat them at our place.
“We’ll monitor the fitness levels after Saturday’s game, but I made a few changes late on with this game in mind to make sure the boys didn’t pull something or anything like that.”
Kenny Davis was one Braintree player substituted late on due to a knee problem and Devonshire said he may be a doubt tonight, but the Iron skipper said he was hopeful that he would be fit for the trip to Forest Green.
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