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Opposition View: Newport County (A)

28 January 2020

The Silkmen make the 165-mile journey to South Wales this evening, as we take on 11th-placed Newport County in Sky Bet League Two.

Mark Kennedy’s side will be full of confidence as they venture to Rodney Parade, fresh off the back of a fantastic 2-1 win against play-off chasing Forest Green Rovers.

Newport County started 2020 with a packed fixture list, starting with a 1-1 draw against fellow promotion-chasers Cheltenham Town. The Exiles followed this up with consecutive cup matches - a three-nil defeat away at Millwall in the FA Cup, and a three-nil victory against MK Dons at Rodney Parade in the EFL Trophy.

Mike Flynn’s side saw their first league victory since mid-October with a 2-1 win away at Scunthorpe United. They followed up this result with a surprise two nil victory against league leaders, Swindon Town.

Newport have struggled with consistency since their impressive seventh-place finish last season.

They succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient last weekend.

Manager Comments:

Mike Flynn spoke on the club’s website about their performance against Leyton Orient, and looking ahead to their clash with the Silkmen.

He said: “The players knew what to expect, we highlighted everything, and we just weren’t at it in the first half.

“I thought Leyton Orient were better than us, that was mostly the first half, and then we shot ourselves in the foot in the last 10 minutes.”

Looking ahead to tonight’s match, he said: “We’ll have to have a look at who’s fit and available and we’ll go from there.”

Injuries and Suspensions:

Joss Labadie and Ryan Inniss pulled out in the warm-up last weekend so are a potential doubt for the game.

Mark O’Brien is also a doubt after finishing the match early against Leyton Orient due to injury.

Corey O’Keeffe is not available for Macc due to suspension.

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