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PREVIEW | Newport County AFC vs Southampton

24 August 2021

Newport County AFC make their long-awaited home return this week, with Premier League Southampton the side to welcome the Amber Army back to Rodney Parade on Wednesday.

The Exiles have enjoyed a positive start to the season after four tough away games, while the Saints picked up their first point of the new campaign against Manchester United on Sunday.

THE OPPOSITION - SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton have become an established Premier League team in recent seasons, with this now being their ninth consecutive season in the top flight.

The Saints began their season with an away trip to Everton fell to a 3-1 defeat in a game that saw new signing Adam Armstrong score on his debut for the club.

Their first point of the new season was secured last weekend with a 1-1 with Manchester United. Che Adams was the scorer this time, with their new strike partnership looking already impressive.

TEAM NEWS

County side will again be led by assistant manager Wayne Hatswell in the absence of manager Michael Flynn, who tested positive for Covid last week. Hatswell was without Mickey Demetriou and Matty Dolan on the weekend, but the latter could return against the Saints.

Southampton look to have a fully fit squad at their disposal for their visit to Rodney Parade with no injuries or suspensions for Ralph Hasenhüttl to worry about.

ONE TO WATCH - MICHAEL OBAFEMI

Ralph Hasenhüttl may take the opportunity to rest strikeforce Adams and Armstrong, which could see Michael Obafemi get the nod.

The 21-year-old has played all of his senior football with Southampton after making his debut for the Saints aged just 17 in a draw with Tottenham. He's also found the back of the net at Stamford Bridge, the London Stadium and Old Trafford.

IN THE HOT SEAT - RALPH HASENHÜTTL

Ralph Hasenhüttl has been in charge at St Mary’s since December 2018 when he succeeded Mark Hughes.

The Austrian’s time with the Saints has had its ups and downs to say the least, but he has managed to secure their Premier League status in each of his seasons in charge.

Before joining the Premier League, the 54-year-old managed Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig, who he guided to a second-placed finish in 2017.

LAST MEETING

The last time a County side played against Southampton was all the way back in 1968 in an FA Cup third-round replay at Somerton Park.

County, who were then a fourth division side, had fought for a draw at the Dell against a Saints side who were in Division One, and brought them back to Somerton Park.

Len Hill and Alan Williams scored for County in front of 17,600 people, but the Exiles eventually lost 3-2 in south Wales.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Newport County AFC 0-8 Southampton

25 August 2021

Newport County AFC were knocked out of the Carabao Cup after an 8-0 defeat against a ruthless Southampton on their return to Rodney Parade.

County had faced four trips on the road at the start of the new campaign and were finally cheered on by a bumper home crowd for the first time since March 2020.

But it proved to be a difficult evening for the Exiles as Mohamed Elyounoussi struck a second half hat-trick, while Armando Broja, Nathan Tella, Kyle Walker-Peters and Nathan Redmond were also on the scoresheet as the Saints’ Premier League quality shone through. 

Borja got the visitors up and running before Tella and Walker-Peters put them three goals to the good at the interval. Elyounoussi struck twice in seven minutes after the restart before Borja added his second of the evening.

Redmond fired in the seventh midway through the second half and Elyounoussi notched up his third in stoppage time.

Wayne Hatswell, who led County for the second time in Michael Flynn's absence, made six changes from the 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, with Matty Dolan returning to the starting line up to captain the Exiles for the first time since the opening day.

While Ralph Hasenhuttl fielded a strong side that was filled with Premier League quality and captained by James Ward-Prowse.

It was a lively opening from the Saints as Nick Townsend was brought into action early on, although Robbie Willmott provided them with a nervy moment when he got the better of Tella and saw his cross put behind by Stephens.

But it took the away side nine minutes to hit the front. After cutting inside on his left foot, Redmond saw his strike from 25 years expertly saved on to the crossbar by Townsend, but there was little the goalkeeper could do from keeping out the follow-up as Broja tapped home from close range. The celebrations were put on hold as the striker looked to see if the linesman had caught him offside but the goal stood.

And the Saints, who continued to threaten through Redmond, almost doubled their advantage through the England international seven minutes later. The forward pounced on a loose ball and ventured forward before dragging his effort wide of the far post.

Redmond was difficult to contain and created the away side’s second after his pass set up a quick counter-attack. Elyounoussi was on the receiving end of the pass and rolled the ball into the path of Tella, who darted into the penalty area and stroked the ball past Townsend. 

County had Townsend to thank for preventing the away side from adding to their tally before the interval after he produced a fingertip save to divert Redmond’s curling effort from finding the far corner.

But the Saints had their third on the stroke of half time when Walker-Peters brought Redmond’s cross-field pass under control, cut inside and fired the ball home.

The visitors inflicted more misery on the Exiles after the restart with three quick-fire goals in the space of nine minutes. Elyounoussi was on hand to divert the ball into an empty net after Broja’s strike was tipped onto the post by Townsend before Ward-Prowse’s pass carved open another opportunity for Elyounoussi, who netted his second. The Norwegian then turned provided as he rolled the ball into the path of Broja and he curled the ball into the top corner. 

Redmond added the Saints’ seventh of the evening with a well-taken finish which flew in, before Elyounoussi completed his hat-trick in stoppage time, bringing an end to a difficult evening for the Exiles on their return to Rodney Parade. 

Newport County AFC: Nick Townsend, Louis Hall, Priestley Farquharson, Matty Dolan (C) (Ed Upson 45’), James Clarke, Aaron Lewis, Chris Missilou, Scot Bennett (Jordan Greenidge 64’), Finn Azaz (Kevin Ellison 45’), Robbie Willmott, Timmy Abraham.

Substitutes not used: Joe Day, Ryan Haynes, Ed Upson, Lewis Collins, Jermaine Hylton.

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Ticket News

Southampton tickets still available on general sale

23 August 2021

Tickets for our upcoming Carabao Cup second round tie against Southampton will remain on general sale until 5pm on Wednesday.

The fixture against the Premier League side takes place at Rodney Parade on Wednesday 25th August, kick-off at 7:45pm.

Ticket prices

Ticket prices for this match have not altered from a regular Sky Bet League Two fixture at Rodney Parade.

 

Bisley Stand

Compeed Stand

100 Club

Compeed Terrace

North Terrace

Adult

£22.00

£22.00

£27.00

£20.00

£20.00

Senior (60+)

£18.00

£18.00

£23.00

£18.00

£18.00

Young Adult (16-21)/Student

£16.00

£16.00

£21.00

£14.00

£14.00

U16*

£10.00

£10.00

£15.00

£10.00

£10.00

U12*

£8.00

£8.00

£13.00

£8.00

£8.00

U6*

£0.00**

£0.00**

£7.00**

£0.00**

£0.00**

*Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
**When accompanied by a paying adult. U6s accompanied by a non-paying adult (complimentary tickets) will be charged at U12s prices.

Where and how to buy

 

Monday 23rd - Tuesday 24th

Wednesday 25th

Rodney Parade*

10am-6pm

10am-5pm

Telephone Sales

10am-6pm

10am-5pm

*The main Rodney Parade ticket office is situated at the entrance to the Bisley Stand. Supporters are asked to park in the stadium car park and make their way to the ticket office.

Tickets will also be available to purchase online until 5pm on Wednesday.

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