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PRE-MATCH | Mickey Demetriou: "We perform better against the teams that are so called ‘better than us’ and higher in the table"

16 April 2021

Mickey Demetriou says Newport County AFC raise their game against the so called "better teams" ahead of Cambridge United's trip to Rodney Parade.

The second-placed U’s will be looking to return to the Sky Bet League Two summit by taking advantage of Cheltenham Town's defeat against Crawley Town on Friday evening.

County are four places adrift of Mark Bonner's side and occupy the penultimate play-off spot.

But the Exiles have a good record against those around them in the table this term, with Michael Flynn's men taking 16 points off the five teams above them - including the recent 1-0 win over third-placed Bolton Wanderers earlier this month.

And Demetriou says his team-mates will be looking to add to that tally against the U's on Saturday afternoon.

"We do perform better against the teams that are so called ‘better than us’ and higher in the table," said Demetriou.

"Obviously for a long time this season, there were not many above us in the table.

"At the moment, we find ourselves down the order and we have to do what we can to stay there and climb the table in the next six games.

"If we go and win six on the bounce, like we have done in previous campaigns, then who knows where we are going to be."

County will be out to avenge the 2-1 defeat against the U's at the Abbey Stadium earlier in the season, but will have to do so without Matty Dolan after he suffered a concussion in the mid-week clash against Carlisle United.

Dolan has been a consistent figure - alongside Demetriou - in the Exiles' backline after being deployed as a centre-back by Flynn prior to the start of the campaign.

And Demetriou is aware of the influence that Dolan has had on the team this term.

"Bringing Matty into the middle of a back three has worked this year," added Demetriou.

"That is the sort of player he is - he is very good on the ball, technically.

"He is one of the best technically at the club and the role fits him perfectly.

"Nobody can disagree that he has made a massive difference to the way we play football.

"He has certainly improved us at the back. When he steps out of the back line, it’s like him being back in the midfield."

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