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Opposition Guide: Newport County

30 December 2021

We take a closer look at our New Year’s Day opponents Newport County in our Opposition Guide.

FULL NAME: NEWPORT COUNTY AFC

NICKNAMES: THE EXILES, THE COUNTY

FOUNDED: 1912, REFORMED: 1989

STADIUM: RODNEY PARADE (7850)

LAST SEASON: 5th (LEAGUE TWO)

CURRENT POSITION: 6th

 

MANAGER: JAMES ROWBERRY

James Rowberry replaced Michael Flynn as Newport’s manager in October 2021.

The 36-year-old has guided Newport into the play-off places and has made a positive impact since his appointment.

He acquired his UEFA Pro License when he was 29, becoming one of the youngest people to gain the qualification.

His coaching career also started at Newport where he worked as a youth coach. He moved to Cardiff City in 2013 to work in their academy.

He was promoted to the first team when Russell Slade was appointed as manager in 2014 and went on to work under Paul Trollope and Neil Warnock.

 

THE CAPTAIN – MATTHEW DOLAN

Matthew Dolan was given the captain’s armband at the start of the season.

The midfielder was Newport’s player of the season last season. He scored seven goals last term, including a wonder strike in the play-off semi-final against Forest Green Rovers.

The 28-year-old has become a vital cog in the Newport midfield.

He’s played 190 times since joining Newport in 2017 and has played in two League Two play-off finals in 2019 and 2021.

 

TOP SCORER – DOM TELFORD

It’s fair to say Dom Telford is having the season of his life at Rodney Parade.

He has scored 15 goals in just 17 appearances for Newport in all competitions so far this season and is League Two’s current leading goal scorer.

He scored three in his first seven appearances before he really found his form in October and has failed to score in just two of his last 10 outings.

The 25-year-old has previously represented Plymouth Argyle, Bury, Bristol Rovers, Stoke City and Blackpool.

 

BETWEEN THE STICKS – JOE DAY

Joe Day returned to Newport for a second spell in the summer.

The experienced shot stopper played 243 times for the Exiles between 2014 and 2019.

He played a key role in the ‘great escape’ in 2014 and their run to the play-off final in 2019.

Day left Rodney Parade to join Championship club Cardiff City. He made just two appearances for the Bluebirds and had spells on loan at AFC Wimbledon and Bristol Rovers.

The 31-year-old has played 15 times so far this season.

 

FORM GUIDE

LAST SIX: LWWDDL

A four-match unbeaten run came to an end in Newport’s last outing on Saturday 18th December as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Rochdale.

After a slow start to the league campaign that saw them lose four of their opening nine matches, they have since lost just two of their league 13 League Two outings.

Their recent away form seems to have been their Achilles heel. They have won just one of their last six games on the road in all competitions.

In the league, they have won four, drew four and lost four away from home.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Saddlers and Newport have met 67 in total.

Newport have a slight edge with 27 wins compared to 23 for the Saddlers.

The Exiles are six unbeaten against Walsall with three wins and three draws. This run came after a five-match winning run in the 1980s for the Saddlers.

 

LAST TIME WE MET

The last meeting between the two clubs came in September.

Newport opened the scoring after just nine minutes through Mickey Demetriou.

Tyrese Shade equalised with a brilliant strike on the stroke of half time.

The game looked to be heading for a draw before James Clarke headed the winner after 87 minutes.

Watch that game: 

 


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