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Match Preview: Newport County vs Port Vale

29 January 2019

Port Vale face Newport County away from home on Tuesday evening as they look to make it back-to-back wins on the road, and you can find all of the important information ahead of the game below...

Fixture: Newport County vs Port Vale

Competition: Sky Bet League Two

Date: Tuesday 29th January 2019

Kick-Off: 7:45pm

Venue: Rodney Parade

Referee: Neil Hair

 

Port Vale

Form: DDLLDWLWLL

League Position: 19th

Top Scorer: Tom Pope (11 goals)

The Valiants will be determined to bounce back from Saturday's home defeat against Carlisle United when they travel to Wales on Tuesday, but they will take positives from the performance versus the Cumbrians. Connor Simpson's late strike broke the resolve of 10-man Vale, and it proved to be a frustrating afternoon.

Ricky Miller will be unavailable for Tuesday's clash with Newport after he was shown a straight red card for a late challenge during that loss, so he will now begin serving a three-game suspension. Tom Pope also remains sidelined through injury, and that could pave the way for Mark Harris to start against his former club.

Another man who could feature is Danny Elliott, and the young forward looked lively off the bench last time out. Neil Aspin has a fully fit squad to choose from other than those absentees, and he will be hoping his side can continue their impressive away form.

 

Newport County

Form: LWLLDLWLWD

League Position: 14th

Top Scorer: Padraig Amond (16 goals)

Michael Flynn's Exiles will be coming into this fixture in high spirits after they forced Championship side Middlesbrough to an Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay on Saturday. Matt Dolan's injury-time strike against his former club was enough to earn a deserved draw at the Riverside Stadium.

Newport currently lie 14th in the Sky Bet League Two table and they will be eager to put a run together in order to bridge the gap between them and the play-offs. They beat Exeter City 1-0 at home in their last league fixture, and they have only bean beaten twice at Rodney Parade this season.

The home side will be without Fraser Franks who has an injury in his ankle ligaments, but the full extent of his problem is yet to be discovered. Andrew Crofts didn't travel to Middlesbrough due to a hamstring strain so he could be doubtful, whilst Joe Day's wife is due to give birth, making his availability unknown.

 

One to watch: Matt Dolan

Having risen through the youth ranks at Middlesbrough, Dolan was handed a four-year professional contract with 'Boro' in 2010, but he failed to make an appearance for his boyhood club. He did enjoy loan spells at Yeovil Town, Hartlepool United and Bradford City whilst at the Riverside Stadium, however.

After impressing during his time at Bradford, he made the move to Valley Parade permanent in May 2014. He went on to make 13 appearances for the Bantams and another loan move to Hartlepool followed before he re-joined Yeovil in 2015.

He spent two years with the Glovers and he was an ever-present for them, but he made the switch to Newport County in the summer of 2017 and he has been a key player since. The 25-year-old midfielder has made 22 appearances so far this season, scoring three goals, but he will be looking to have an impact against Vale.

Talk

Scott Brown: “You want the next game to be coming around as quickly as possible. We owe the fans because they travel home and away, but we know our home form is something we need to turn around.

“We can only concentrate on Tuesday at the moment before we think about Saturday.”

Michael Flynn: "It's a tough schedule coming up, but it's something we're looking forward to. First up is Port Vale on Tuesday, and I've told the players that they're going to have to do their celebrating of the Middlesbrough result in the summer because we have games Saturday-Tuesday for the next six weeks."

Coverage

iFollow The Vale will be providing full 90 minute commentary from the match, whilst 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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