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🧐 The Opposition: Newport County

We take an in-depth look at the Exiles ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Michael Flynn’s men

1 February 2019

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Newport County manager Michael Flynn

Grimsby Town look to make it two Sky Bet League Two wins on the bounce for the first time in 2019 as they welcome Newport County to Blundell Park on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s side fought hard with 10 men to earn their first three points of the year last time out as they beat MK Dons 1-0 at home, thanks to Wes Thomas’ first-half strike.

And the Mariners will be hoping to produce a similar performance this weekend to pick up their first win over Newport County since 2016.

But the 13th-placed Exiles, who have won just one of their last eight league games, will be hoping to return to winning ways at Blundell Park this weekend – ahead of their Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay with Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Last five league results

Grimsby Town: L, L, L, L, W

Newport County: D, L, L, W, D

One to watch: Padraig Amond

The ex-Town striker is the Exiles’ top goalscorer so far this season with 17 goals in all competitions, including 11 in the league.

The 30-year-old is without a goal in his previous three appearances, but scored eight in 10 games prior to that.

Amond has scored 31 goals in 98 appearances in all competitions for the Exiles, following his move from Hartlepool United in 2017.

Amond, who bagged 35 goals for the Mariners as Paul Hurst’s side gained promotion back to the EFL in 2015-16, has scored three goals in five games against Town since leaving Blundell Park almost three years ago.

Last starting XI

Flynn went with his preferred 3-5-2 formation as the Exiles drew 0-0 at home to Port Vale on Tuesday, with Nick Townsend in goal and a back three of Mickey Demetriou, Regan Poole, and Scot Bennett.

Robbie Willmott, Tyreeq Bakinson, Mark O’Brien, Joss Labadie, and Dan Butler made up the midfield five, with ex-Town strikers Padraig Amond and Jamille Matt up front.

Last time out: Newport County 1-0 Grimsby Town

Town fell to Matthew Dolan’s first-half free-kick when the two sides met earlier this season, with the Exiles winning 1-0 at Rodney Parade.

And Town striker Wes Thomas was controversially sent off during just his third appearance for the Mariners.

Early bird tickets are still available for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Newport County at Blundell Park.

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