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MATCH PREVIEW: ACCRINGTON STANLEY

27 March 2016

All the stats you need, ahead of the visit of Accrington Stanley.

Looking at the visitors

There are only eight games to go in the league this season and Accrington Stanley currently find themselves in 5th place in the table, only a single point away from the final automatic promotion place. They are unbeaten in four after securing a 1-0 win over playoff rivals Leyton Orient on Good Friday and their top two goal scorers Billy Kee (16), and Josh Windass (11) will look to improve on their season tally at Rodney Parade. The visitors have strength in depth in the goal scoring department with a further three players having over five goals in the campaign so far, a stern test for the Exiles. 


Form Guide

Newport County – WDWLWLWDL L     14 points

Accrington Stanley – W WDLDLWDW W     18 points


Upcoming Milestones

Medy Elito – 1 goal for 25 professional goals

Andrew Hughes – 4 appearances for 150 professional appearances

Dean Morgan – 3 goals for 75 professional goals

Tom Meechan – 1 goal for 75 professional goals

Tommy O’Sullivan – 1 appearance for 25 professional appearances 


Previous Milestones

Mark Byrne v Northampton was his 300th professional appearance


Accrington’s record against County

Played 5 Won 0 Drawn 3 Lost 2 Goals For 7 Goals Against 12

Saturday 14th November 2015: Accrington Stanley 2 – 2 Newport County (Klukowski 54’, Boden 66’)

Friday 27th  March 2015: Accrington Stanley 0 – 2 Newport County (O.G, Jeffers 90’)

Saturday 25thOctober 2014: Newport County 1 – 1 Accrington Stanley (Pigott 72’)

Saturday 11th January 2014: Accrington Stanley 3 – 3 Newport County (Willmott 11’, Burge 71’, Minshull 90’)

Saturday 3rd August 2013: Newport County 4 – 1 Accrington Stanley (Worley 24’, Zebroski 43’, 66’, Jolley 55’)


Last meeting

Newport twice took the lead and were twice pegged back when they visited Accrington in November. Yan Klukowski put County in front ten minutes into the second half only for the home side to equalise a few minutes later. Scott Boden then retook the lead for the Exiles before Matt Crooks was able to tap in a simple rebound after the first shot from Accrington hit the post to ensure the game finished level.


Last time out

A single goal sank Newport as they lost 1-0 to high flyers Northampton Town on Good Friday. John Marquis scored the only goal of the game when he fired the ball into the roof of the net midway through the first half. The Exiles remain in 17th in the league, 13 points clear of the drop zone with eight games remaining. 


The Man in charge

Sebastian Stockbridge is in charge for this fixture with his assistants Richard Hulme and Nick Hobbis. The fourth official is Craig Taylor. Stockbridge is yet to referee a County game this season but he did travel to the Globe Arena last season when Newport let a two goal lead slip away at Morecambe to eventually lose 3-2. In the 2012/13 season Newport beat Southport by two goals to nil in a game Stockbridge handed out five yellow cards in his first game in charge of the Exiles. So far this season in 26 games he has handed out 89 yellow cards and four red cards.


Around the league (all times 3:00pm unless stated)

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Cambridge United v Oxford United

Carlisle United v Bristol Rovers

Crawley Town v Exeter City

Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United

Mansfield Town v Northampton Town

Notts County v Wycombe Wanderers

Plymouth Argyle v York City



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