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19:44 10th January 2017
By  Chris Gadsby

Newport County v Colchester United MATCH PREVIEW

Looking at the visitors
Colchester will be very happy with their performance so far this season as they currently find themselves in the playoff places and have won seven out of their last eight games. Saturday saw them put in a superb performance against automatic promotion hopefuls Carlisle United, which they won by four goals to one. Newport have got to be very wary of Kurtis Guthrie, who scored a hat trick at the weekend and has nine to his name in the league, whilst Chris Porter has eight. 

League Form
Newport County – W W L L L L L L L L    6 points
Colchester United – L L W W D W W W W W     22 points

Upcoming Milestones
Darren Jones – 2 appearances for 475 career appearances
Joss Labadie – 4 appearances for 250 career appearances
Lenell John-Lewis – 1 goal for 50 career goals
Marlon Jackson – 2 appearances for 150 career appearances
Paul Bignot – 1 appearance for 175 career appearances
Scot Bennett – 5 goals for 25 career goals
Josh Sheehan – 1 appearance for 50 career appearances
Abdoulaye Meite – 1 appearance for 200 career appearances
Colchester’s record against County
Played 1 Won 0 Drawn 1 Lost 0 Goals For 0 Goals Against 0
Saturday 8th October 2016: Colchester United 0 – 0 Newport County

Last Meeting
The two sides played out a 0-0 draw in Colchester at the beginning of October, it was County’s third game in a row without scoring a goal and after claiming only their eighth point out of a possible 36, they already occupied the bottom spot in the league table.

Last Time Out
A trip to Stevenage ended in a long drive home for County and their fans after a 3-1 defeat. It was a hat trick for Matt Godden that secured the three points for the home side and despite a goal from Dan Butler for County, it was too close to the end of the game to overturn the deficit. Newport remain five points from safety in the league but they do still have the game in hand over Morecambe which will significantly help matters.   

The Man in Charge
Michael Salisbury is the man in charge for this fixture with his assistants Matt Eva and Michael D’aguilar, the fourth official is Savvas Yianni. This is Salisbury’s second season on the list after taking charge of National League games last year and he has taken charge of two Newport games before, the victory over Leyton Orient in August and the defeat at home to Plymouth in October. In his career he has taken charge of 39 games handing out 89 yellow cards at an average of 2.2 per game, and he has also sent players off on 10 occasions. 
Around the league (all times 3pm unless stated)
Barnet v Doncaster Rovers
Cambridge United v Blackpool
Carlisle United v Morecambe
Cheltenham Town v Accrington Stanley
Crawley Town v Hartlepool United
Crewe Alexandra v Luton Town 
Grimsby Town v Exeter City
Notts County v Mansfield Town (1pm)
Plymouth Argyle v Stevenage
Portsmouth v Leyton Orient 
Wycombe Wanderers v Yeovil Town