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Match Preview: Newport County (A)

20 November 2017

EFL Sky Bet League Two - Rodney Parade - Tuesday 21st November 2017 – KO 7:45pm

Team News:

Jamal Campbell-Ryce is fit enough to feature after playing against Port Vale at the weekend.

Curtis Weston remains on the sidelines but is the closest to returning from injury.

Richard Brindley (foot), Elliott Johnson (knee) and Dave Tarpey (knee) are all out with ongoing injuries.

Last Time We Met:

The last time the two sides met was in January 2017, resulting in a 0-0 draw at The Hive London.

The last time we travelled to Rodney Parade was for a rearranged fixture in October 2016, drawing 2-2.

Newport took the lead after half an hour, Ben Tozer putting the home side ahead.

John Akinde scored a quickfire brace in the second half to give Barnet the lead with five minutes to play.

However, when Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro gave away a penalty with a minute left, Sean Rigg converted from the spot to give both sides a point.

Manager:

Michael Flynn was appointed as Caretaker Manager in March 2017 before being given the role on a full-time basis in May 2017.

Flynn has a long connection to the Exiles having come through the Youth Team ranks before breaking into the 1st team as a teenager in 1999. 

After just one season at the club, Flynn moved to Barry Town FC (a professional Welsh League Team at a time when County were in the Southern League Premier Division) to further his career but never forgot his roots. 

After an excellent playing career which included Wigan Athletic, Gillingham, and Blackpool, Flynn returned to County in 2012 and was part of the promotion winning team that put Newport County AFC back in the Football League.

Over the years, Flynn has had many roles at the club including Director of the Academy, First Team Coach, Football and Business Development Director, and is now at the helm of the club.

Dangerman:

Frank Nouble has man his name as a bit of a journeyman so far in his career. Only 26 years old, the striker has already played for over 12 different clubs in his career, but now finds himself in Wales with Newport County.

Joining from Southend United in July 2017, Nouble has already made over 20 appearances for the Exiles across all competitions, scoring seven goals and chipping in with four assists.

He’s already equalled his highest ever league tally with six and will certainly be pushing on to break this record. With 39 goals across nearly 250 games in his career, despite his age, he’s a very experienced striker, able to provide strength to any side he’s in.

Connections:

Jamie Stephens joined Barnet from Newport County in the summer of 2015 after two years at Rodney Parade. He made just 13 appearances across all competitions in his time with the Exiles. Since joining Barnet, he’s played nearly 50 games for the Bees, cementing himself as the number one keeper at the club.

David Tutonda joined Newport County on loan from Cardiff City in February 2015 until the end of the season. He made 12 appearances during his time with the Exiles, scoring two goals and picking up one assist. He joined Barnet from Cardiff in January 2017.

Last Time Out:

Newport County were denied all three points thanks to a late equaliser by Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

Joe Day made plenty of fine saves to deny Stanley before Frank Nouble put the away side ahead just after the break.

However, in the 88th minute, Mallik Wilks managed to get the equaliser to earn Accrington a point that kept them in the playoff places. Newport stayed ninth after the draw.

Ticket info:

Supporters can find out more about tickets details here.

Keep up with the game:

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You can also get live match updates on Twitter throughout the afternoon. We are also on Facebook and will go behind the scenes on our Instagram.


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