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4 August 2022

"We want to be aggressive and positive from the first whistle"

Kieran McKenna says that Town will be coming up against a Forest Green Rovers side who play an attractive brand of football this weekend.

The Green, who achieved promotion from League Two as champions last season, won their opening game of the campaign last Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Bristol Rovers.

Town, meanwhile, started with a 1-1 draw at home to Bolton and will be heading to Gloucestershire looking for a first win of the season.

“Forest Green have done fantastically as a football club over the last few years," the Blues manager told iFollow Ipswich.

"That's in terms of the way they’ve built the infrastructure but also as a team on the pitch.

“They have a very ingrained style of football. They haven’t actually changed too much from last year. They have a really attractive style of play. They play through the pitch and they score goals. 

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“They’ve lost a few key players and the manager but they’ve kept that continuity. They’ve also recruited well in the summer."

Regan Hendry's 89th minute strike secured all three points for Ian Burchnall's side last weekend, and Kieran believes Saturday's opposition were good value for all three points.

“I think they deserved the victory against Bristol Rovers last week in the balance of play," he added.

"They scored good goals and showed that they are a positive and brave team. I don’t think they’ll be looking to take a backwards step in their style of play on Saturday.

“Beyond all that, it’s about us; our performance and our mentality going into the game. 

"Hopefully, it’s a game where the ball is in play a lot of the time and there is plenty of action. We want an entertaining one for our travelling fans, but ultimately it's the three points that matters.

"We want to be aggressive and positive from the first whistle."

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