Newport County AFC travel to Stevenage this weekend, looking to break their recent away day blues. It’s the second away outing of the week for County, who will come up against a Stevenage side in desperate need of points as they bid to avoid the drop.
Here, you can find all the facts and statistics ahead of this League Two matchup...
Stevenage FC in League Two so far
Stevenage currently sit in 24th position in League Two, after picking up 22 points from their 36 matches so far.
It’s been a tough season for Stevenage who find themselves eight points adrift from safety having not won in eight matches. Their biggest win this season came against Cambridge, where they won 4-0 as the away side.
Dino Maamria was in charge to begin the season but was replaced by Graham Westley in December. Westley was then replaced with Alex Revell in February.
Matty Dolan was an enforced early substitution on Tuesday evening, so it remains to be seen whether he will make the matchday squad this weekend. Ryan Inniss will also miss the games through suspension.
Stevenage were without captain Scott Cuthbert and striker Danny Newton for last weekend’s fixture with Crewe, and look to be without them again this week.
One to Watch – Charlie Carter
Charlie Carter is Stevenage’s top scorer for this season, with five goals in League Two so far. Carter also scored one goal in the Leasing.Com Trophy.
Midfielder Carter has picked up form recently, scoring four goals in his last ten matches. He comes into the weekend having scored in his previous game against Crewe.
The 23-year-old Englishman looks to be Stevenage’s main hope of closing the gap at the bottom of the table, and staying in the Football League.
Manager – Alex Revell
Alex Revell took over at the Lamex Stadium in February after Graham Westley left with the club bottom of the league.
The former Stevenage player has taken charge of two matches so far, and will oversee the remaining ten fixtures left in the season. His backroom staff includes former Lionesses manager Mark Sampson, and Ronnie Henry.
As a player, Revell made 52 appearances for Stevenage, in which he scored 13 goals. He also made 26 appearances for fellow South Wales club Cardiff City.
Last Meeting Between the Sides
The last tie the sides met resulted in a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade. An injury time Jamille Matt goal secured a point for the Exiles in South Wales.
Emmanuel Sonupe had put Stevenage ahead in the 12th minute before Scott Cuthbert had a header cleared off the line.
Padraig Amond went close, but Matt’s 92nd minute header meant County gained a point.
Other League Two fixtures that afternoon (All 3pm kick-offs)
Bradford City v Leyton Orient
Cambridge United v Cheltenham Town
Colchester United v Scunthorpe United
Exeter City v Salford City
Forest Green Rovers v Northampton Town
Grimsby Town v Carlisle United
Macclesfield Town v Walsall FC
Mansfield Town v Crewe Alexandra
Morecambe FC v Plymouth Argyle
Oldham Athletic v Swindon Town
Port Vale v Crawley Town
Can’t make the match?
You can follow along on social media using @NewportCounty on Twitter, or via the Club’s official Facebook, Snapchat (OfficialExiles) and Instagram pages.
Commentary by Tim Thraves and Ben Catton can be found at the Match Centre from 2:45pm LIVE on iFollowExiles.
An on-the-whistle match report of this match will be provided on the Club website upon the end of the game. Michael Flynn’s post-match analysis will appear on the evening of the day after the game, while you can watch all of Flynn’s post-match press conference as-well as two County players by subscribing to iFollow Exiles.