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PREVIEW: Newport County

9 November 2017

All of the important information you need ahead of Friday night’s trip to Newport County...

Fixture: Newport County vs Port Vale

Competition: Sky Bet League Two

Venue: Rodney Parade

Date: Friday 10th November

Kick-Off: 7:45pm

 

Preview

With back-to-back victories against Oxford United and Crewe Alexandra in the Emirates FA Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy respectively, Vale return to Sky Bet League Two action on Friday in high spirits.

Despite falling to a defeat to Swindon Town in their last league outing, Neil Aspin’s men have been in impressive form and they will see this fixture as another opportunity to continue that.

 

Opposition 

Newport got off to a flying start in the fourth tier this season and they sat top of the division for a number of weeks, but a run of three games without victory has seen them slip down the table.

Now lying in 8th position, just two points outside the play-offs, Michael Flynn’s men will be determined to turn their fortunes around on home soil.

Their last league triumph came in the form of a 4-0 away win over Forest Green Rovers on the 14th of October.

 

Talk

Neil Aspin: “They’re all tough games and we know that if we drop below standards then we won’t pick up points.

“We are capable and the players who were rested on Tuesday have got to make sure they’re nice and fresh for Friday.

“Newport have had some good results lately and we know it will be a tough game.”

 Michael Flynn: “I am expecting a tough game.

“Their results have picked up, the new manager has come in and they have been playing to their strengths.

“Every game is a difficult game and if you don’t prepare for that then you might as well pack up because you’ll get surprised or you’ll get brought back down to earth if you’re not concentrating.”

 

Team News

Vale’s latest recruit, Chris Regis, could make his league debut on Friday night following an impressive first outing in which he scored the opening goal in the victory over Crewe.

An influential player that Aspin won’t have at his disposal is Ben Whitfield, the midfielder continues to recover from an ankle injury. Joe Davis and Tyrone Barnett also remain out.

The game will also come too soon for Rob Lainton as he nears fitness, and long-term absentee Kjell Knops is still yet to feature this season.

Newport have been hit by a sickness bug during the week and Ben Tozer could be a doubt through illness, but it’s unknown if any other players have been affected as strongly.

Calaum Jahraido (hamstring) and Joss Labadie (calf) are also ruled out, but Mark O’Brien could feature despite suffering from a foot injury.

Another player who won’t be able to feature is Paul Hayes as he is ineligible until January.

 

Coverage

Follow The Vale will be providing full 90 minute commentary from the match, while the Port Vale Twitter and Facebook feeds will be providing live updates for the entirety.

There will also be build-up to the game with the official Snapchat and Instagram accounts: officialpvfc.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, iFollow and social media.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Newport County 1-1 Port Vale

10 November 2017

Anton Forrester scored his second goal in as many games as Vale stretched their unbeaten run to three in all competitions on Friday night, earning a point away to a strong Newport County team.

It was an evenly contested opening ten minutes as both sides attempted to work the ball into dangerous positions, but the defences came out on top to deny any clear goal scoring opportunities. Dan Butler did deliver a cross from the left for the hosts in the 9th minute but it was just beyond David Pipe’s reach at the far post.

Frank Nouble then carried the ball into the Vale box with 17 minutes played, only to see his low strike blocked by Tom Anderson. A brief scramble then arose, and the Exiles almost profited on a loose ball, but Matty Dolan’s attempt struck teammate Shawn McCousky who was in an offside position.

The home side almost got in behind the Vale back-line with half an hour on the clock, but Anderson was on hand to put in a vital interception to steal the ball from McCoulsky.

Four minutes later, the Valiants created their first opening as Tom Pope saw an initial shot blocked, Danny Pugh then firing the rebound just over the bar from 20 yards.

With 38 minutes played Newport went inches away from opening the scoring as McCoulsky caused problems again, diverting a corner towards the near post. Tyler Denton then came to Vale’s rescue to clear the effort off the line and keep the scores level at the break.

Following the restart, it was the Valiants who saw more of the ball, but County took the lead through Dolan on 54 minutes. Robbie Willmott found space in a central area before slipping a pass through to the midfielder and he planted a powerful finish into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

Neil Aspin’s men looked to respond after conceding and Marcus Harness headed an effort the wrong side of the post with 61 minutes played. Up the other end just two minutes later, Ben Tozer tried his luck from range, but his optimistic volley sailed high and wide of Ryan Boot’s goal.

As Vale pressed for an equaliser, Cristian Montano got on the end of a Harness delivery in the 74th minute and his first touch of the game was heading towards goal, only to be blocked by the outstretched leg of a defender.

That missed opportunity was soon forgotten, however, as Anton Forrester levelled proceedings with ten minutes to play. The striker came on as a second-half substitute and he marked his appearance by carrying the ball into the area before flashing a finish beyond Joe Day and into the bottom corner.

 

Team Line-Ups

Newport County: Day, White, O’Brien ©, Demetriou, Pipe, Butler, Willmott, Tozer, Dolan, Nouble, McCoulsky (Amond 79).

Unused Substitutes: Bittner, Reynolds, Jackson, Bennett, Owen-Evans, Rigg.

Port Vale: Boot, Gunning, Smith, Anderson, Gibbons, Kay, Pugh © (Montano 73), Denton (Forrester 45), Worrall (Regis 73), Harness, Pope.

Unused Substitutes: Hornby, Yates, Tonge, Turner.

 

Attendance: 2,876 (271 Vale supporters)

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