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PREVIEW | Exiles welcome Scunthorpe United to Rodney Parade

26 April 2021

Newport County AFC look to remain in the play-off places on Tuesday when they welcome Scunthorpe United to Rodney Parade.

Visitors Scunthorpe are fighting a different battle, with the side six points above the relegation zone. A result on Tuesday would relieve a lot of pressure for the Iron.

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

The opposition - Scunthorpe United

Scunthorpe currently sit in 21st place in the SkyBet League Two table with 47 points from 43 games. United have won 13 of their games, drawing eight and losing 22.

United’s best spell of form this season came in the new year, where they won five games in seven, including four in a row. One of these wins came away at high-flying Cambridge.

However, the rest of the season hasn’t been so successful, with the Iron now finding themselves winless in seven coming into the game in South Wales.

Team news

Matty Dolan made a return to the Exiles' bench on Saturday and could be brought back into the starting 11 on Tuesday evening. 

Scunthorpe have several players out with injuries with Jordan Clarke, Olufela Olomola, Aaron Jarvis, Adam Kelsey and George Hornshaw all to miss the remainder of the season.

One to watch – Ryan Loft

Ryan Loft signed for Scunthorpe on a season-long loan from Leicester City and has managed eight goals in the league so far.

The goalscoring responsibilities have been shared this season between Loft and Abo Eisa, who combined have scored 17 goals for the Iron in their current campaign.

22-year-old Loft spent last season on loan at Carlisle where he scored six goals in all competitions, including the winner against his current side.

Manager – Neil Cox

Neil Cox took over at the Sands Venue Stadium in August after Paul Hurst left the club.

The job is Cox’s first managerial position since 2011, when he was in charge of Leek Town. He has since been assistant manager at AFC Wimbledon and Notts County.

Born in Scunthorpe, the 48-year-old actually played for United 17 times in 1990/91, scoring once. The Englishman would go on to represent Watford 219 times, and play for County’s fellow South Wales team Cardiff City.

Last meeting between the sides

The last time the sides faced each other was the opening fixture of this season. Both sides had to get used to their new empty-seated surroundings, with the points eventually being shared at the Sands Venue Stadium.

County debutant Ryan Taylor gave the Exiles the lead before halftime after tapping home from close range.

A spectacular long-range effort from Ryan Loft brought the home side level on the hour, with neither side finding a winner in their Sky Bet League Two curtain-raiser.


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