The Silkmen make the long journey to South Wales this evening as we prepare to take on Newport County in the latest ‘Unsponsored Derby’.
The Exiles have more fixtures remaining than any other side in the league after a series of postponements and rearranged fixtures; meaning their 11th place in the league standings is somewhat misleading when judging their performance this campaign.
Last Time Out
Our last meeting came at the Moss Rose back in September, where an Emmanuel Osadebe goal was enough to claim a point after Padraig Amond’s first minute opener.
There has been little to separate the sides in recent meetings, and no recent encounter sums this up better than our last visit to Rodney Parade back in October 2018.
Fiacre Kelleher and David Fitzpatrick scored early on before Newport drew level with goals midway through either half. Fitzpatrick scored again with less than ten minutes remaining and looked to have sealed the points for the Silkmen, but a Jamille Matt strike deep into stoppage time broke Macc hearts and the game finished 3-3.
A 2-1 defeat away at Leyton Orient ended County’s three match winning run, which included comfortable victories against high-flying Swindon Town and Sky Bet League One outfit MK Dons.
This run followed a tough spell of form for the Exiles, with a draw at home to Stevenage followed by defeat at Morecambe as the Exiles dropped off the pace in the race for the playoffs.
With a backlog of fixtures still to play and the club still in the Leasing.com Trophy, manager Michael Flynn may well look to rotate his side this evening.
Ones to Watch
Padraig Amond has been the chief attacking threat for The Exiles this campaign, with his 11 goals setting an average scoring rate of a goal less than every 200 minutes in all competitions this season.
Jamille Matt, who netted the late winner during our last visit to Rodney Parade, is another player the Silkmen defence will be watching out for; with the Jamaican born attacker behind Amond on six goals this season.
View from The Dugouts
Opposition manager Michael Flynn has something of a selection dilemma on his hands ahead of the game after County’s defeat at Leyton Orient raised a number of fitness concerns.
“We’ll have to have a look at who’s fit and available and we’ll go from there,” he said.
“I thought Leyton Orient were better than us, and then we shot ourselves in the foot in the last 10 minutes.”
Meanwhile, Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say ahead of the game as we look to build on Saturday’s victory over Forest Green Rovers.
“When we lost to Colchester we were not getting carried away and we were very positive when we came in and we had lost the game 2-1.
“It is one game less for someone else to catch us, but you have to remain balanced and focussed.
“We will be ready to go on Tuesday.”
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For more on our opponents this evening, read our handy away day guide; or why not take a trip down memory lane and read about players who have represented both clubs?