FGR happy with underdog tag

Forest Green Rovers midfielder Alex Lawless is happy to go into tomorrow s FA Trophy quarter final against Stevenage Boro as underdogs. Rovers have been at their best in cup competitions this season, most notably going down to a thrilling 4-3 defeat to D

Forest Green Rovers midfielder Alex Lawless is happy to go into tomorrow's FA Trophy quarter final against Stevenage Boro as underdogs.

Rovers have been at their best in cup competitions this season, most notably going down to a thrilling 4-3 defeat to Derby County in the FA Cup third round, and Lawless hopes they can spring a surprise against a Boro side unbeaten in their last 14 games.

"It is the first time we have played someone in our league, so this is the hardest one but I think from previous seasons the underdog tag has helped us so it's not a bad thing at all," he told The Gloucestershire Gazette.

"Too many things throughout the season have affected our league form, and in terms of the FA Cup there's a lot of motivation when you're playing against the likes of Derby. We were the underdogs which worked in our favour."

Lawless is only too aware he is only three matches away from a showpiece occasion at Wembley in May and he admitted the pain would almost be too much to bear if FGR were to go out at this stage.

"It's a massive ambition for me - I haven't got anywhere near Wembley before," he said.

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"Every time we've played in the Trophy we talk about being a couple of games away from Wembley. It would be such a shame to let it go now so everyone is up for it.

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