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Michael Jolley highlights ex-Town strikers Padraig Amond and Jamille Matt as threats ahead of the Mariners' Sky Bet League Two clash with Michael Flynn

23 August 2018

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Michael Jolley has identified ex-Grimsby Town strikers Padraig Amond and Jamille Matt as Newport County danger threats.

Amond scored 30 goals in 40 National League appearances as Town secured promotion back to the EFL in 2015-16, and picked up the Player of the Year award, before moving to Hartlepool United.

Matt scored four goals in 34 Sky Bet League Two appearances for the Mariners on loan from Blackpool last season, including the famous 93rd-minute winner against Notts County to secure Town’s EFL status for another campaign last term.

And Jolley says both centre-forwards will be hoping to score against Town in this Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash at Rodney Parade (3pm).

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “They are both very good players. We can’t forget the job that Jamille did for us last season because he scored the goal that kept us up.

“So we wouldn’t be standing here in the Football League if it wasn’t for Jamille, so we’ll always remember that.

“And Padraig did extremely well for Grimsby Town before that when they were in the National League so they’ll obviously want to score against us.

“But there’s going to be the whole Newport team wanting to score against us so we’re going to have to be on our mettle and defend well, and see how well we can do.”

And Jolley said the Exiles – who have won both of their home league games so far this season – will present another tough challenge for the Mariners.

He said: “They’re a really good team. They play on the front foot at home – I’ve seen their home games against Notts County and Crewe, and they were very strong in both of those games.

“It’s another really tough game for us. I think Newport have started the season well.

“Michael Flynn has done an excellent job there because he took over the team when they were in deep relegation trouble.

“They had a real solid season last year, and they’ve started this season really strongly so it’s a difficult place to go – everyone finds it difficult going there.

“So we’re under no illusions it’s going to be a really, really difficult match for us.”

And Jolley hopes his side can be more clinical in the final third ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Exiles.

He said: “It’s about taking those chances when they come along, so that’s what we’ve got to try and do better with.

“Also, when we’re having spells when we’re on top in games we’ve got to really capitalise and push home the advantage during those spells.

“But these are things that don’t happen overnight – they’ll come in due course. But the positive for me is that three of the four league games we’ve done really well in terms of our performance level.

“The positive is that we’re creating chances – if we weren’t, we’d be more concerned.”

Reece Hall-Johnson is still injured for this weekend, while Andrew Fox may feature if he successfully comes through training.

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