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PREVIEW: Swindon Town vs Newport County

8 April 2022

Newport County will be aiming to get back into the top seven with a result at fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon Town on Saturday.

Swindon are without a win in two after a draw at Rochdale and defeat at home to Crawley, and they will also not have top scorer Harry McKirdy available due to a calf problem. 

Ben Gladwin and Jake O'Brien have both been passed fit by Town Head Coach Ben Garner but Brandon Cooper remains a long-term absentee and forward Harry Parsons is a doubt due to illness.

County have no fresh injury concerns going into the weekend but they are also unlikely to be able to bring anyone back into the fold either.

Josh Pask trained this week but Exiles gaffer James Rowberry said he wouldn't bring back the on-loan Coventry defender until he's "fully, fully fit" in order to keep him fresh for the run-in.

Like Swindon, Newport need to play themselves back into form due to run of three games without a victory but the League Two promotion picture is still wide open with County only six points off 3rd and a mere one off the play-off positions. 

Swindon are 9th in the division home table but have won two of their last three in Wiltshire while Newport are the fifth-best team on their travels so far this campaign.

Newport's last league visit to the County Ground ended in a 2-0 win for the Exiles thanks to goals from Mark O'Brien and Jamille Matt but Swindon have beaten Newport twice this season - in the reverse fixture at Rodney Parade and in the EFL Trophy Group Stage.



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