Forest Green Rovers: Oshodi's rallying call
DEFENDER Eddie Oshodi has a bold message for anyone surprised to see Forest Green sitting third in the Blue Square Bet Premier – believe the hype.
Rovers host promoted Hyde tomorrow (3pm), aiming to build on an impressive unbeaten start that has seen them bag 11 points from five matches.
Oshodi is currently captaining the side in the absence of the injured Jared Hodgkiss, and his outstanding form has been rewarded this week with a call-up to the England C squad.
Team-mates Jamie Turley and Kieron Forbes will also represent their country against Belgium next month, a surefire sign that the New Lawn revolution is gathering pace.
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And Oshodi is convinced more giant strides are about to be taken towards a genuine promotion challenge.
He said: "Believe the hype, the train is definitely rolling at Forest Green and we will go places.
"We're a young team but we've also got the likes of Chris Todd, Jared Hodgkiss, Jamie Collins and Sam Russell with lots of experience.
"We are a good side. I'm not being big headed or arrogant, I just enjoy playing for this team and I'm enjoying the captaincy massively."
Rovers managed back-to-back wins over the Bank Holiday weekend, the latest coming at Kidderminster Harriers despite the dismissal of Omar Koroma in the 34th minute.
Oshodi shared manager Dave Hockaday's pride in the performance with ten men, and felt the 1-0 victory was fully justified.
"It was unfortunate Omar got sent off – I thought it was a bit harsh and so did the gaffer," he said.
"He didn't raise his hands towards the ball, so it was accidental, but even with ten men we were brave enough to get on the ball and slick it around.
"A lot of credit has to go to Kieron Forbes, James Rowe and Jamie Collins in midfield for getting the ball moving, and with the blistering pace we've got up front we always felt we could win the game.
"James Norwood and Matty Taylor worked their hearts out and I was so proud of the shift they put in."
Now Oshodi is hoping for more vocal backing from Forest Green fans, 192 of whom contributed to a memorable day at rainy Aggborough.
He added: "It would be great to see more people watching our home games and getting a buzz going.
"I can't credit the fans enough for singing in the rain (at Kidderminster). It really helped us and it would be nice to have that sort of atmosphere at the New Lawn."
Koroma must serve a one-match ban tomorrow following Monday's red card, while defensive trio Hodgkiss, Paul Green and Chris Stokes remain on the treatment table.
But last season's top scorer Yan Klukowski is back in training after a groin problem and could return to the squad.