Forest Green boss Ian Burchnall reckons a trip to Wanderers might be just what his side needs as they aim to end their poor run of form.

Last season’s League Two winners are without a win in their last seven games in all competitions and currently sit bottom of the table – four points from safety at this stage.

But Burchnall says they perform better when there is less expectation to get a result and hopes they can make life difficult for Ian Evatt’s men.

“It’s a tough game but I think it will serve us well to go away to a better team to be honest,” he told the club’s YouTube channel.

“The expectation is slightly lower. The players put their shoulders down, they play a little bit better.

“Each time we play at home, I haven’t enjoyed the way we have gone out and been a little bit anxious. Even when we have gone ahead, we have looked a little bit reserved.”

Burchnall’s side enter the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat against MK Dons despite Myles Peart-Harris’ first half strike.

The result saw the Dons move out of the drop zone, with Mo Eisa scoring either side of half time at the New Lawn.

The manager added: “It was a poor game from both teams, it wasn't a good spectacle. The pitch didn't help, it was dry and bobbly so passing the ball wasn't easy.

“It felt like a difficult game to watch but it’s two teams fighting at the bottom. When a game goes like that, we’ve got to be better to win first balls, second balls, out-run the opponents and I don’t think we did that. I feel like we stepped off it.

“It's another game what we went ahead in when we had good control, but just before half-time we dropped too deep, went onto the back foot and we looked anxious. And it cost us.”

Wanderers suffered a 1-0 defeat when the sides met earlier in the season, with Connor Wickham getting the decisive goal that day.

Amadou Bakayoko could come up against his former club after completing a move to Forest Green earlier in the window.