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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
14:43 24th June 2016
By  Andy Phillips

Newport Preview

Town head to Newport County on Tuesday night (7:45pm) as they look to bounce back after the weekend.


Following Saturday's 5-0 humbling at Crewe Alexandra, Marcus Bignot's side will be looking to respond and will be pleased that they have a chance to do that as quickly as they do when they head to Rodney Parade.


Despite being the bottom side, Newport have improved in form lately and have a notoriously tricky pitch, so the Mariners are sure to have a fight on their hands if they are to come away with all three points against Graham Westley's side.


TEAM NEWS


The Mariners have no fresh injuries after Saturday, but both James Berrett and Dominic Vose are both still out. Town boss Marcus Bignot has said that changes will be made ahead of the game, although that was always going to be the case with there being three games within a week.


Newport are waiting on the fitness of midfielder Sean Rigg ahead of the game, and he will be touch and go all the way until the kick-off, whilst captain Scot Bennett is likely to be missing. The Exiles will also be without long-term absentee and former Town striker Lenell John-Lewis, who is out for the majority of the season. However, boss Marcus Bignot could come up against another former Town man in his brother Paul Bignot if the defender is selected in the matchday squad.


FORM GUIDE


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OPPOSITION


Newport head into the game rock bottom of League Two but have given themselves a chance of survival with some battling performances in recent weeks.


The Exiles go into the fixture unbeaten in five games, and picked up a morale boosting point against top of the table Doncaster Rovers at the weekend, with Rovers boss Darren Ferguson mentioning how difficult a test it was for his side following the match.


Graham Westley took charge in October following the sacking of Warren Feeney, and the former Stevenage boss has taken no time at all to put his stamp on the side.


Westley, who led Stevenage to two promotions but has had difficult spells at the likes of Preston North End and Peterborough United in between then, is looking to rebuild his career at Rodney Parade, and made no less than 13 signings in the January transfer window.

 

The club lost top scorer Rhys Healey in the January transfer window after he returned to parent club Cardiff City, but in Ryan Bird, they have a striker that could potentially overtake him if he can get back to the form that saw him earn a big money move to Portsmouth a few years back and also help Cambridge United to promotion from the National League during his time there.


PRE-MATCH


Marcus Bignot: ''Don't read into the league table, they'll be fighting for their livelihoods so you can imagine what we were like in that season we got relegated and so we've gotta stand up to that and we've got to be better than it, but when you've goot people fighting for their livelihoods, it can be difficult but we're hurting as well and we've got something to fight for as well so it should be a good fight.''


Graham Westley: ''I think anybody watching Newport County will start to have a little bit of belief. Anybody supporting Newport County will go away thinking that the players are now earning their money. They’re working for a living. We’re not going to be easy meat anymore – no one is thinking ‘Newport? That’s three points’ and people were thinking that. The players are resilient, organised, hard working, determined and they’re putting a bit of pride back into the shirt.”


Watch Marcus Bignot's full pre-match press conference below.



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