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PREVIEW | Exiles return to Rodney Parade against Oldham Athletic after three away fixtures

18 December 2020

Newport County AFC return to Rodney Parade for the first time in three games on Saturday when they take on Oldham Athletic.

County will be hoping to return to winning ways after Tuesday’s late penalty secured a draw with Salford City but Saturday’s visitors Oldham will provide tough competition after discovering some fine form of late.

Here, you can find all the facts and statistics ahead of this Sky Bet League Two fixture...

The opposition - Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic currently occupy 16th place in the SkyBet League Two table, with 23 points from 18 games. The Latics have won seven, lost nine and drawn twice so far this term.

Oldham endured a deifficult start start to their league campaign after remaining winless from their opening five games. Since then however, they have discovered their winning formula and only lost five of their last 13 fixtures.

Team news

Tuesday evening saw Ryan Haynes brought back into the starting line-up for the Exiles, while Lewis Collins also returned to the matchday squad.

Oldham Head Coach Harry Kewell had Danny Rowe listed as a doubt for their match with Walsall, with George Blackwood also suffering a setback in his recovery.

Elsewhere, defenders Andrea Badan and Kyle Jameson are continuing their recoveries, and Zak Dearnley is back and available for selection.

One to watch – Conor McAleny

Forward Conor McAleny is currently Oldham’s top scorer this season, with 11 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions.

The Englishman has struck seven times in the league so far, scoring braces against Colchester United and Morecambe in consecutive games. McAleny has also managed to find the net in every competition this season, with goals in the Emirates FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy.

The 28-year-old started his career with Everton before making a permanent move to Fleetwood Town, who he departed to join Oldham in the summer.

Manager – Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell joined Oldham on a one-year contract at the beginning of August after former County assistant Dino Maamria left Boundary Park.

After a rocky start, the Australian seems to be getting the best out of his players, with the team on a clear upward curve in terms of form in Sky Bet League Two.

Prior to Oldham, the 42-year-old has previously been in charge of Watford U21s, Crawley and Notts County.

Last meeting between the sides

The last meeting between the sides was one to forget for the Exiles, who fell to a 5-0 defeat at Boundary Park in February.

Goals from Zachary Dearnley, Thomas Hamer, Jonny Smith and a double from Danny Rowe condemned County to a comprehensive defeat.


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