Match Preview Southend United

Southend United Away for County

Newport County AFC face their fifth away game in 6 with a trip to Southend-on-Sea for a Friday evening game at Roots Hall against a Southend United side currently sitting in the Play Off positions of Sky Bet League 2.

Justin Edinburgh is aware of the attacking threat The Shrimpers possess which has been added to with the return of Lee Barnard from Southampton.

 ‘They have firepower in their team in Eastwood, Hurst and Corr and the addition of Lee Barnard means we will have to be resolute, but I know our players will be up for the test and we have trained well this week.’

County’s squad is bolstered with the arrival of Shaun Jeffers and Byron Anthony is in contention along with Max Porter who came through the latter stages of last weekend’s game at Bristol Rovers unscathed.

‘Shaun has represented England at U19 level and did well at Coventry before moving to Peterborough in the summer where he has shown that he is comfortable at League 1 level. His performance against us in the JPT last month was also impressive so I am very pleased that we have such an able replacement for Conor who we wish all the best at Peterborough as he is a great lad and did ever so well for Newport County AFC.’

County won the reverse fixture 3-1 at Rodney Parade in October with a scintillating performance as goals from Washington, Hughes and Yakubu secured a deserved victory on the day. Southend United remember the game well and will be out to avenge the defeat as Assistant Manager Dave Penney explained to the official website of the club:

‘We were without Mark Phillips and John White for that came, two of our more experienced defenders, and we had Ryan Auger making his debut.

We didn’t perform as we know we can and Newport took full advantage on the day, but we’ve come a long way since then and really developed as a club. Since then we’ve lost just two games in all competitions, and one of those was against Premier League opposition, I think we’ve got stronger as a team.

We play before everyone else in the league because we are on the Friday, and we all know points on the board is the most important thing, so hopefully we can win the game.’


This is sure to be an exciting game with two teams that like to play attacking football and under the lights at Roots Hall always makes for a great occasion.


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