3 games to go ... one point adrift ... The Great Escape is still on.
Looking at the visitors
After a thrashing on Easter Monday, Newport now face another tough test against an Accrington Stanley side who haven’t lost a game since the 11th February. Stanley are one of six teams who are within two points of the final playoff spot with just three games to go and will want to continue their unbeaten run to try and secure one of those spots come the 6th of May. Billy Kee is Accrington’s top scorer with 13 to his name so far this season with Shay McCartan just behind him on 10.
Newport County – LW WLDLW W WL 16 points
Accrington Stanley – W WDWDW W WDW 24 points
Jazzi Barnum-Bobb – 2 appearances for 50 career appearances
David Pipe – 2 appearances for 475 career appearances
Accrington’s record against County
Played 7 Won 1 Drawn 3 Lost 3 Goals For 8 Goals Against 15
Saturday 29th October 2016: Accrington Stanley 1 – 3 Newport County (Healey 47’, Barnum-Bobb 62’, Sheehan 90+4’)
Monday 28th March 2016: Newport County 0 – 2 Accrington Stanley
Saturday 14th November 2015: Accrington Stanley 2 – 2 Newport County (Klukowski 54’, Boden 66’)
Friday 27th March 2015: Accrington Stanley 0 – 2 Newport County (O.G, Jeffers 90’)
Saturday 25th October 2014: Newport County 1 – 1 Accrington Stanley (Pigott 72’)
Saturday 11th January 2014: Accrington Stanley 3 – 3 Newport County (Willmott 11’, Burge 71’, Minshull 90’)
Saturday 3rd August 2013: Newport County 4 – 1 Accrington Stanley (Worley 24’, Zebroski 43’, 66’, Jolley 55’)
Newport travelled to Accrington and put on a superb performance to beat Stanley and end October on a high note. Rhys Healey and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb had put the Exiles two goals up before the home side pulled one back, only for Josh Sheehan to confirm the victory for the men in Amber in the fourth minute of added time.
Last Time Out
Newport were thrashed by six goals to one as Plymouth Argyle celebrated their promotion to League 1 but with Hartlepool losing on Easter Monday as well, the gap remains just a single point with three games to go and everything is still to play for.
The Man in Charge
Mark Heywood is in charge for this fixture with his assistants Christopher Kidd and Craig Taylor, the fourth official is John Law. This will be the third Newport game that Heywood has taken charge of this season after being in the middle for the defeat away at Cambridge where he sent off Mitchell Rose and the defeat away to Blackpool. Last year, he took charge of two matches, the 1-1 draw away at Exeter and the 0-0 draw with Yeovil in November. Two years ago, he sent off now manager Mike Flynn on the stroke of half time on the final day of the season when the Exiles lost to Oxford United and in the 2013/14 season he followed County on the road twice when they lost to Northampton and Kidderminster in the FA Cup. In his career he has taken charge of 169 games and handed out 586 yellow cards at an average of 3.47 per game, he has also sent off players on 30 occasions.
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