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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
14:43 24th June 2016
By  Andy Phillips

Newport Preview

Town return to Blundell Park on Tuesday night (7:45pm) when they host Newport County in League Two action.

The Mariners will be looking to build on their good run of form as of late, with Saturday's victory at Mansfield meaning that Paul Hurst's side have now lost only one of their last five league games.

The solitary defeat came last time Town were at home when they lost against Crewe Alexandra, so they will be looking to banish memories of that and start to build some form at home after some very encouraging results away from the Park over the last couple of weeks.

They face a Newport side that are struggling so far this season, so Town will go into the game as favourites, but they will know now to take any team for granted in a league that has already shown that any team can beat anyone.

TEAM NEWS

Town will be without Josh Gowling after he suffered a back injury at at the weekend, which should mean that Danny Collins will continue to partner Shaun Pearson at the back after a very strong performance from the centre back pairing at the weekend. Other than that, there is a fully fit squad to choose from, although Sean McAllister and Rhys Browne are likely to make their comebacks from injury in a reserve game against Mansfield Town on Wednesday.

Newport have a couple of injury issues to contend with ahead of their trip to Blundell Park, with midfielder Joss Labadie set to miss out and striker Jon Parking also struggling with a foot problem. Defender Darren Jones looks set to return from injury, whilst  right-back Jamie Turley will be hoping to shake off a knock in time for the game. Former Town striker Lenell John-Lewis will be out for the forseeable future after suffering a serious  knee injury in pre-season, and we him all the best with his recovery.

OPPOSITION

It has been a difficult start to the season for Newport, and boss Warren Feeney had admitted himself that he feels under pressure after a run of only 1 win in his last 21 games as manager.

The club's only victory so far was a 1-0 success at Leyton Orient in August, and they will be desperate to get another result on the board after losing 2-1 at home to bottom placed Cambridge at the weekend - a loss that draw them drop into the relegation zone themselves.

Former Northern Ireland international striker Feeney took charge at the Welsh side in January after John Sheridan left the club, and managed to keep the club in League Two with a 22nd place finish despite a poor end to the season.

This is now Newport's fourth season at League Two after being promoted from the National League in 2013, beating Town in a two legged play-off semi-final on the way to beating Welsh rivals Wrexham at Wembley, and the club will be hoping that they can continue to establish themselves in the EFL with a positive season despite some early setbacks.
Feeney recruited a number of players from non-league in the summer, most notably big striker Jon Parkin, as well as former Town player Paul Bignot and defender Dan Butler, and Feeney will be hoping that they can step up when it matters this campaign. 

PRE-MATCH

Paul Hurst: ''It's Warren Feeney's team now and there are no easy games,jus because you look at the league and realistically, we're still very early days anyway. It was great to get the win on Saturday to bounce back but now, in front of our fans, we want to send them happy now. We've gotta force the tempo and see if we can capitalise on a good result at the weekend.''

Watch Paul Hurst's full pre-match press conference below.