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PREVIEW | Exiles searching for back-to-back wins against Stevenage

26 February 2021

Newport County AFC will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins on Saturday when Stevenage are welcomed to Rodney Parade.

Fresh off the back of a 1-0 victory over Walsall on Wednesday evening, County are looking to start a run to keep them in the hunt for promotion, but face a team who are looking to distance themselves from relegation fears.

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

The opposition - Stevenage FC

Stevenage currently sit in 20th place in the Sky Bet League Two table with 34 points from their 31 games. The Boro have won seven, drawn 13 and lost 11 so far this term..

After a bright start to the campaign with a draw and a win, Stevenage had to wait until late November for their next victory, coming against Port Vale.

Ever since, their form has drastically improved, picking up consecutive wins against Cambridge and Scunthorpe, as well as going without defeat in their last three outings.

Team news

Newport’s run of suspensions came to an end with the re-introduction of Scot Bennett on Wednesday, ensuring manager Michael Flynn will have everyone at his disposal this weekend.

Stevenage have no new injury concerns after Tuesday’s return of Scott Cuthbert to the starting 11 for the first time in a month, but they remain without Charlie Carter and Ross Marshall.

One to watch – Elliott List

Midfield man Elliott List has been key to Stevenage this season, making 33 appearances in all competitions so far. List has managed seven goals this term, with five of those coming in the league.

The 23-year-old joined Stevenage in 2019 from Gillingham and made his debut on the same day that he was announced. Since his arrival, List has been integral to the Stevenage side and their survival hopes.

List is already just one goal away from equalling his career-best goalscoring season, an added incentive to find the net.

Manager – Alex Revell

Alex Revell took charge of Stevenage in February 2020 following the departure of Graham Westley. Revell initially joined the club as a player before joining the coaching staff.

Revell guided the Boro to safety in SkyBet League Two last season, and will be aiming to repeat the feat this time around.

Despite retiring in July of 2019, the 37-year-old briefly rejoined the playing squad in January to aid their fight against relegation, in a career that brought 110 goals in 524 matches.

Last meeting between the sides

County and Stevenage met earlier this season in October at the Lamex Stadium, where one early goal was enough for the Exiles to secure the victory.

Liam Shephard was fouled in the box in the eighth minute, allowing Tristan Abrahams to step up and place the ball in the bottom corner from the penalty spot.

Stevenage almost levelled when they struck the crossbar, but County hung on to secure maxiumum points.


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