Shakers head to Rodney Parade
Newport County AFC are back in action for their fourth game in 10 days as they return to Rodney Parade to take on Bury FC on Tuesday March 25th (Kick Off: 7:45pm).
County will be buoyed after the 1-0 victory on Saturday at Plainmoor against a Torquay United side fighting for their lives and manager Justin Edinburgh expects another tough encounter against The Shakers:
'Bury will be gritty and competitive as we are into the final 10 games of the season with everyone fighting for points. I was pleased with the team performance on Saturday, we controlled the game and I thought it was a deserved 3 points. It is always pleasing to get a clean sheet and the 2 debutants did well in the centre of defence and this is credit to the whole squad in making it easy for Blake and Feely to settle so quickly. I have a great group here and there is a great atmosphere in training that I am sure will be transferred to the pitch Tuesday.
'The game on Saturday felt like a home match such was our great support, it really made the difference and everybody appreciated the efforts our superb fans went to.'
Edinburgh is without David Pipe as the defender completes his 2 match suspension and it is still a little too soon for Yakubu and Sandell. Andrew Hughes is likely to recover from a dead leg sustained on Saturday. Darcy Blake and Kevin Feely are both in contention for their home debuts.
Bury FC drew 1-1 with Dagenham & Redbridge at Gigg Lane in their last fixture with manager David Flitcroft waiting on the fitness of Tom Soares and Tommy Miller. Anton Forrestor has returned to parent club Blackburn Rovers after injury in a recent game against Fleetwood Town leaving former Wales International Daniel Nardiello as the main strike threat.
Flitcroft has made changes in recent games with veteran keeper Brian Jensen dropped for the last minute reverse at Torquay before returning for Saturday’s game. Likewise, on-loan full back Chris Hussey from Burton Albion, also returned for the Dagenham & Redbridge game after missing out at Torquay and the Manager believes this has helped the mind-set as he told the Bury Times:
“…. all the lads were in a good mental state against Dagenham, and I will be demanding more of the same for what will be a tough trip to Newport.”
County drew 0-0 at Gigg Lane in October in what proved to be one of the final fixtures of Kevin Blackwell’s tenure at Bury before current incumbent David Flitcroft took up the reins.