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PREVIEW | Exiles host Exeter City in rearranged fixture

15 February 2021

Match Previews

PREVIEW | Exiles host Exeter City in rearranged fixture

15 February 2021

Newport County AFC will be looking to bounce back at the first time of asking when they welcome Exeter City to Rodney Parade on Tuesday evening.

Following the defeat against Southend United last time out and the Port Vale postponement on the weekend, County will hope to lay down a marker against an Exeter side just one point behind them in the table.

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

The opposition - Exeter City

Exeter City currently sit in seventh place in the SkyBet League Two table after accumulating 42 points from 26 matches. The Grecians have won 11 of their games, drawing nine times and losing six times.

City started the season with two wins from their first six matches, but went unbeaten from the end of September until mid November. This run took them up the table and into the playoff positions.

City will come into the game off the back of consecutive wins against Stevenage and Bradford, meaning County will have to be at their best to beat the in-form side.

Team news

The postponement of Tuesday’s match has given time for recovery to the County squad, with two members of the team returning. Matty Dolan and Kevin Ellison are both back and fit for Tuesday, with Joss Labadie finally able to make his return.

County, however, will still remain without Scot Bennett and Liam Shephard through suspension.

For Exeter, they will be without Sam Stubbs and Randall Williams through injury. They will also be unable to call on January signing Robbie Wilmott, who departed the Exiles for a loan spell last month.

One to watch – Matt Jay

Matt Jay scored seven goals in seven games in a run from the start of November to mid-December, in a run that saw them lose just twice. One of these matches saw Jay score a brace, in a 6-1 win against Colchester.

The 24-year-old came from the Exeter academy, making his first-team debut in 2013. He has also had loan spells at Western-Super-Mare, Hayes & Yeading United and Truro City.

Manager – Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor was announced as manager of Exeter City in 2018 following the departure of Paul Tisdale, who left the club following a 12-year stint in charge. As a player, Taylor had a brief spell with County in 2015/16, where he made four appearances as a centre-back.

During his time in charge at St James’ Park, Taylor has guided the Grecians to an eighth-place finish - one point outside the play-off places - before eventually reaching the play-off final last season. His side came up just short at Wembley, losing out to Northampton Town.

Last meeting between the sides

The sides were due to meet in the last game of 2020, however, the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, ensuring the last clash between the pair came in December 2019 at St James’ Park.

The match saw Exeter take all three points after an early Lee Martin strike remained the only goal of the game. The sides also met on two other occasions last season, with another Exeter victory in the Papa John's Trophy and a draw at Rodney Parade in Sky Bet League Two.

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