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PREVIEW | Exiles travel to Prenton Park to take on high-flying Tranmere Rovers

1 March 2021

A trip to Prenton Park is up next for Newport County AFC as they take on fourth-placed Tranmere Rovers in Sky Bet League Two.

A win for the Exiles would take them level on points with their opponents, who also harbour hopes of breaking into the automatic promotion places.

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

The opposition - Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere Rovers currently sit in fourth place in the Sky Bet League Two table after gaining 51 points so far this season. Rovers have won 15 of their games, drawn six and suffered nine defeats.

Tranmere began the season with two wins and a draw before their first win against Scunthorpe. They also had a change of manager in November when Keith Hill took over from Mike Jackson.

Rovers have since climbed the table with two runs of five consecutive wins. Currently, Tranmere are three games unbeaten, winning their last two.

Team News

Joss Labadie could return to the Exiles' starting line-up 11 after missing the weekend’s draw with Stevenage. The County skipper remains the only question mark in the squad ahead of Tuesday's fixture.

Tranmere were without former-County man Otis Khan, as well as Sid Nelson for their 3-1 win at Leyton Orient on Saturday, but both could return this week, while Kyle Hayde is also recovering from injury.

One to Watch – James Vaughan

The clear dangerman for Tranmere is striker James Vaughan, who was signed by Rovers in August after a loan spell during the second half of last season that saw him score three goals in eight Sky Bet League One appearances.

The striker has 21 goals this season, 18 of which have come in the league, making him the second top scorer. Vaughan has made goalscoring look easy this season, having managed seven braces already in the campaign.

The 32-year-old brings Premier League pedigree to Prenton Park, having represented Everton on 47 occasions in the top flight, scoring seven times.

Manager – Keith Hill

Keith Hill was appointed to the Tranmere hot seat in November, replacing Mike Jackson in charge at Prenton Park.

Since his arrival, Rovers have gone from strength to strength, climbing up to fourth place in the table. His side have lost just four matches and won 11 in that time.

Prior to Tranmere, Hill had been in charge at Rochdale, where he enjoyed two spells, as well as Barnsley and Bolton. His two spells at Rochdale saw him manage 570 games for the Dale.

Last meeting between the sides

County and Tranmere last faced each other in October at Rodney Parade, where County were able to give Michael Flynn the perfect birthday present of three points.

Former on-loan striker Saikou Janneh gave County the lead in the 25th minute, guiding home from a corner to give the Exiles the half-time advantage.

After the interval, the job for Newport was made slightly easier followingg the dismissal of Rovers’ Paul Lewis. The match finished 1-0 as County continued their impressive early season form.


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