ANTHONY Forde has no complaints about the prospect of playing twice in the space of 48 hours.

The 27-year-old is in contention to start tonight’s Papa John’s Trophy semi-final against Tranmere Rovers at right back, with Sam Long not expected to return from injury until next week.

Forde entered the fray after his teammate was forced off with a hamstring problem at Bristol Rovers last Tuesday and kept his place for Sunday’s visit of Wigan Athletic.

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The Irishman has not started two games in the space of seven days since the first week of November and is relishing the opportunity.

He said: “It’s been a while, but I’ve been ready to play.

“There’s no better feeling than starting and then hopefully getting a run of games.

“Getting wins always makes it better.

“I feel comfortable at right back.

“It’s different, but I’ve got a good relationship playing alongside Elliott (Moore).”

Forde claimed the assist for Brandon Barker’s late strike in the 2-0 win at Rovers, before helping United come from behind to beat Wigan 2-1.

The former Wolves trainee accepts the U’s were not at their best in either game, but believes there were still positives to take.

“Even when we’re not playing great we’re still getting results and that’s a good sign,” he said.

“It feels like whenever we go onto the pitch we’re going to win, which is a great feeling to have.

“When you’re not getting results, you go onto the pitch thinking luck isn’t with you.

“We’ve had luck that we didn’t have at the start of the season.”