AFC Wimbledon Preview
Newport County AFC welcome back Aaron O'Connor to the squad for Friday's game at AFC Wimbledon in what will potentially be Aaron's first Football League experience.
It has been a long and frustrating road to recovery for O'Connor and Manager Justin Edinburgh is full of praise for last season's top scorer in showing such determination to get back to full fitness after a troublesome groin injury.
'Aaron has trained all week and has had no reaction post training sessions so it is extremely pleasing for me to add him to the squad. It is fantastic news for himself and us. He can't wait to get out there and resume playing. It will be a great boost for everyone connected to the club and hopefully Aaron can get some minutes on the pitch prior to the end of the season.'
Edinburgh was pleased with the victory against Wycombe last weekend and wants to push on with the confidence gained from the 2-0 win:
'We want to gain maximum points from our remaining four games to set a platform for next season. We saw the momentum that was carried on from last season in the first half of this season. I expect a big crowd at AFC Wimbledon and we know our support will be out in force so we are looking forward to the challenge in front of a good atmosphere. Danny Crow is still out with a back injury and Yakubu, Anthony and Stephens are out for the rest of the season. Apart from that everyone else is available for selection with Adam Chapman back in contention after completing his 3 match suspension but he knows he will have to be patient to earn his selection'
Several County players will be going back to AFC Wimbledon which will add spice to the occasion and Ryan Jackson, Christian Jolley, Lee Minshull and Max Porter are all likely to be involved as they face a team one point and one place below County. Dons Manager Neal Ardley is hoping Jack Midson can continue his form after the top scorer notched the only goal of the game at Southend in AFC Wimbledon's last game.
County fans can pay on the day and a large crowd is expected for this 3:00pm kick off on Good Friday.