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Newport (A)

February 20th 2021
Noah Dougherty

Mark Cooper’s men make the comparably short trip to South Wales tomorrow, to face Michael Flynn’s Newport County.

With last night’s fixture between Newport Gwent Dragons and Leinster in the rugby Pro14 league taking place on the Rodney Parade pitch, the League Two clash was moved to a 1pm kick off on Sunday.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the game:

What we said:


“With the pitch the way it is, Newport have said that they have to have a different way of playing for the rest of the season,” explained Mark Cooper.

We need spells where we control the game.

“I think they’ll probably prefer playing away from home, but knowing them, they won’t make too many excuses.

“It’ll be about on the day and getting on with it.”

What they said:


"A win would be huge," said Newport boss Michael Flynn.

"There are a lot of things that have gone wrong and we’re not in a good run of form. We should’ve won the last two, but we didn’t - that’s where we are at the moment. 

"We want to go on a run and win some football matches, but there are only a few teams who are winning more than two in a row."

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Team news:

Dan Sweeney is unavailable for this one after picking up an injury in Tuesday night’s dramatic win over Oldham Athletic, but Rovers are otherwise without injury or illness concerns.

Key Player: Josh Sheehan


Midfielder Josh Sheehan, known for his driving runs through midfield and eye for goal, has been a Newport mainstay for several seasons.

The 25-year-old has over 150 appearances for the Exiles, chalking up fourteen goals, including two so far this campaign.

His impressive form earned him a first Wales call-up at the end of last year, coming on for the second half in a friendly against the USA.

Last time we met:

Jamille Matt's second half equaliser for Forest Green denied former side and League Two leaders Newport County at The innocent New Lawn in December.

Tristan Abrahams gave County the lead from the penalty spot in first half stoppage time after Joss Labadie was fouled.

But Matt, released by County in the summer, slotted home from close range following Matty Stevens' cross in the second half.


Rovers have picked up four wins in all competitions in this fixture, Newport holding a narrow lead with five.

While seven of the 16 meetings between these sides have ended in a draw, there has yet to be a season where neither has won a game against the other, the Exiles winning the only clash in the curtailed 2019/20 campaign.

If recent history is to repeat itself, this one could be a cracker. Forest Green have scored 12 goals in their last three visits to Rodney Parade, witnessing a hattrick on two of those trips.

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Full commentary of Saturday’s match will also be available on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on 1413AM.

Stay up to date also on Twitter and Instagram by following @FGRFC_Official, which will have all of the team news before kick-off and updates throughout the game.

There will also be key updates and team news on Facebook. Round-up the clash by checking out the club website where there will be a full report looking back on the encounter.

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