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13:33 17th January 2017
By  Chris Gadsby

Newport County v Barnet MATCH PREVIEW

Looking at the home side
Barnet have had a successful campaign so far and they find themselves a single point outside the League 2 playoff places going into this fixture. Their danger man needs no introduction. With 18 goals in the league already this season, John Akinde has started every single league game and he has three braces to his name as well. He will provide a stern test to County’s back line and it will be difficult to keep him from getting several shots away. Newport may also come up against former player David Tutonda, who came on as a substitute for Barnet in their 3-1 defeat to Doncaster last weekend, he made 12 appearances for the Exiles in the 14/15 season, scoring two goals.

League Form
Newport County – W L L L L L L L L D   4 points
Barnet – D W W W L W L W W L     19 points

Getting There
By car: From the M40 continue on to Western Avenue / A40. At the Hanger Lane roundabout take the 2nd exit on to A406 and then take the 1st exit left at Staples Corner roundabout onto the A5 / Edgware Road. Follow the A5 straight for 3 miles and then turn left onto Camrose Avenue. Continue straight along Camrose Avenue and The Hive will be on your right just after the width restriction. There is a 500-space car park at the stadium which costs £5 and is run on a first come first served basis. 

By train: Canons Park is the nearest tube station to The Hive and is on the Jubilee Line. Take a train from Newport to Paddington and then take the tube to Baker Street where it is necessary to change onto the Jubilee Line and head North to Canons Park. Trains leave Newport at twenty to each hour and arrive in Paddington two hours and five minutes later. For the return journey trains leave Paddington at 23 minutes to and arrive back in Newport just under two hours later.

Upcoming Milestones
Joe Day – 5 appearances for 175 career appearances
Darren Jones – 1 appearance for 475 career appearances
Joss Labadie – 4 appearances for 250 career appearances
Lenell John-Lewis – 1 goal for 50 career goals
Ben Tozer – 3 appearances for 275 career appearances
Marlon Jackson – 2 appearances for 150 career appearances
Paul Bignot – 1 appearance for 175 career appearances
Scot Bennett – 5 goals for 25 career goals
Abdoulaye Meite – 1 appearance for 200 career appearances

Barnet’s record against County
Played 4 Won 2 Drawn 1 Lost 1 Goals For 7 Goals Against 3

Tuesday 25th October 2016: Newport County 2 – 2 Barnet (Tozer 33’, Rigg 89’(p))

Tuesday 8th March 2016: Newport County 0 – 3 Barnet

Saturday 26th December 2015: Barnet 2 – 0 Newport County

Saturday 5th December 2015: Barnet 0 – 1 Newport County (Boden 59’)

Last Meeting
The original meeting between these two sides was abandoned at half time due to a waterlogged pitch and the re-arranged fixture saw County take the lead in the first half thanks to Ben Tozer, only for a John Akinde double late on in the second half to make it appear as though the visitors would take all three points. Newport though kept fighting and were to be rewarded for their efforts a minute from time when they were awarded a penalty, which Sean Rigg tucked away to ensure a 2-2 draw. 

Last Time Out
Newport ended a run of eight straight defeats when they held Colchester United to a 1-1 draw. County had gone in front thanks to a right footed effort from Josh Sheehan from the corner of the penalty area snuck past everybody and dribbled into the bottom corner. The lead lasted all of twelve minutes when the visitors were awarded a penalty after Darren Jones committed a foul in the box, and Chris Porter made no mistake from twelve yards to level the game. 

The Man in Charge
Darren England is the man in charge for this fixture with his assistants Daniel Cook and Nicholas Cooper, the fourth official is Aji Ajibola. England has been in charge of three Newport games in his four seasons on the list. The first came last season when County beat York 1-0 in January thanks to an early Aaron Collins goal just eight minutes in, before a defeat to Cambridge United in April. Earlier this season he was at Rodney Parade again for County’s superb 2-0 victory over Carlisle United.  Throughout his career he has taken charge of 80 games handing out 237 yellow cards at an average of just under three per game, he has also dismissed players on 14 occasions. 

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