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15 August 2016

All the stats you need, ahead of Tuesday's trip to Luton.

Fresh from their first win of the season against Leyton Orient and their first win at Orient in 34 years, Newport find themselves heading east along the M4 back towards the capital again, as they hope to repeat the feat against Luton Town.

Looking at the home side

Luton Town are unbeaten so far this season and currently sit at the top of League 2 after a strong 3-0 victory on the opening day of the season followed by a draw against Yeovil on Saturday. They split the two league games with an extremely convincing 3-1 victory over Aston Villa. They have scored six goals so far this season and they have come from six different scorers, so they have no concern over scoring depth.

Form Guide (all competitions)

Newport County – L LW

Luton Town – W WD

Getting There

By car: Leave the M4 at Junction 4B bearing left for the M25 Northbound and then exit the M25 at Junction 21 for the M1 Northbound. Exit M1 at Junction 11 taking the A505 for Luton. Go through the first set of lights and then at the first roundabout turn right into Chard End Lane. At the next roundabout turn left onto Hatters Way. The ground is up side streets on the left but all the street parking in the immediate vicinity is for resident permit holders only so you will have to park further away.

By train: There is only one train back to Newport on Tuesday evening that leaves London Paddington at 22:45 and gets back to Newport around 1am. However if you do wish to take the train then a train to London Paddington, the tube to Kings Cross and then a second train up to Luton is the way to go. 

Upcoming Milestones

Mark Randall – 4 appearances for 125 career appearances

Jon Parkin – 4 goals for 175 career goals

Lenell John-Lewis – 1 goal for 50 career goals

Tom Owen-Evans – 4 appearances for 25 career appearances

Luton’s record against County

Played 11 Won 4 Drawn 4 Lost 3 Goals For 17 Goals Against 16

Saturday 23rd April 2016: Luton Town 1 – 1 Newport County (Coulibaly 88’)

Saturday 28th November 2015: Newport County 3 – 0 Luton Town (McBurnie 63’, 79’, 86’)

Tuesday 17th March 2015: Newport County 1 – 0 Luton Town (O’Connor 21’) 

Saturday 20th December 2014: Luton Town 3 – 0 Newport County

Saturday 8th November 2014: Luton Town 4 – 2 Newport County (Klukowski 51’, O’Connor 64’)

Tuesday 16th April 2013: Luton Town 2 – 2 Newport County (Jolley 52’, 84’)

Tuesday 11th December 2012: Newport County 5 – 2 Luton Town (O’Connor 12’, Jolley 23’, 67’, O.G 38’, Sandell 64’)

Saturday 7th January 2012: Luton Town 2 – 0 Newport County

Saturday 26th November 2011: Newport County 0 – 1 Luton Town

Friday 18th February 2011: Newport County 1 – 1 Luton Town (Collins 90’p)

Tuesday 24th August 2010: Luton Town 1 – 1 Newport County (Henry 26’)

Last Meeting

Two goals in the last ten minutes of the game allowed the teams to share the points at Kenilworth Road last April. Jack Marriott gave the home side the lead with just nine minutes remaining and it looked as though they would take all three points away from the contest until Souleymane Coulibaly was able to equalise two minutes from time, rescuing County a point. 

Last Time Out

A first half Jamie Turley goal was enough to separate the two sides as Newport travelled to Leyton Orient. Turley found the back of the net with County’s only shot on target in the entire match, but it was enough to give the Exiles the three points and move them up to 12th in the table.

The Man in Charge

Charles Breakspear is in charge for this fixture with his assistants Neil Radford and Simon Knapp, the fourth official is Lisa Rashid. This is Breakspear’s fifth year on the list and was in charge of Newport’s memorable FA Cup Third Round tie with Blackburn Rovers last season during which he sent off Joe Day in stoppage time. In the 2014/15 season he refereed the 0-0 draw away at Plymouth Argyle and in the 2013/14 season he sent off David Pipe in the 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Dagenham and Redbridge. He took charge of Newport four times in the 2012/13 season, the 0-0 home draw with Stockport, the 2-0 home victory over Mansfield, the 1-1 away draw with Ebbsfleet and the 1-0 home win over Braintree. He has taken charge of two games so far this season and handed out 7 yellow cards and in his career he has refereed 119 games and handed out 433 yellow cards at an average of 3.6 per game, and 28 red cards at an average just short of 1 in every four games

Around the league (all times 7:45pm unless stated)

Barnet v Blackpool (8:00pm)

Carlisle United v Cheltenham Town

Colchester United v Grimsby Town

Crewe Alexandra v Hartlepool United

Doncaster Rovers v Cambridge United

Exeter City v Crawley Town

Leyton Orient v Stevenage

Mansfield Town v Yeovil Town

Morecambe v Portsmouth

Notts County v Plymouth Argyle

Wycombe Wanderers v Accrington Stanley

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