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Preview: Newport County

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash at Rodney Parade...

14 December 2018

MK Dons will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to Wales to face Newport County.

MK Dons recorded their 12th Sky Bet League Two win of the season last Saturday as they overcame Carlisle United 2-0 at Stadium MK.

This weekend, Paul Tisdale's side face a difficult challenge as they travel to Rodney Parade for a clash with sixth place Newport County.

Michael Flynn's side sit eight points behind MK Dons, while they also boast the fifth best home form, having picked up 23 points from a possible 30.

Kick-off this Saturday is at 3.00pm.

Newport County are currently amidst their sixth consecutive season as an EFL Club after earning promotion into Sky Bet League Two back in 2013. This year, under the stewardship of Michael Flynn, The Exiles are on course for their highest ever league finish.

Flynn has played a massive part in the history of Newport County, with the former midfielder having four different spells with the Welsh Club. In October 2015 Flynn rejoined Newport County as first-team coach under new manager John Sheridan - a job he maintained that under Warren Feeney and Graham Westley.

In March 2017, Flynn got his first taste of management at Rodney Parade in March 2017, when he was appointed caretaker manager for the remainder of the 2016-17 season, following the sacking of Graham Westley. The Club sat 11 points adrift at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two, however, Flynn led the team to Football League survival, avoiding relegation with a win on the final day of the season. Following his heroics, he was appointed manager on a permanent basis and has kept that position since. 

On Saturday, the Dons take on an Exiles outfit who have also been in terrific form on their own patch this season. The Welsh club have secured 23 points from their opening 10 league games at Rodney Parade, winning seven matches and drawing two, with only one defeat to their name. They've also scored an impressive 20 goals.

Jamille Matt and Padraig Amond will be looking to add to their individual tallies for the season, Matt has found the net eight times already, while Amond, has seven to his name.

Second-half goals from Jordan Houghton and Kieran Agard, as well as an 11th clean sheet of the season, saw MK Dons beat Carlisle United 2-0 at Stadium MK.

For the third home match in succession, the Dons were forced to remain patient but took the lead through Houghton's long-range effort five minutes into the second half.

Agard then doubled the lead with his 11th goal of the campaign and MK Dons saw out the remainder of the contest to make it six straight home league wins and keep their place at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Newport County set up a Third Round Emirates FA Cup clash with Leicester City after their 4-0 win over Wrexham.

Padraig Amond's header set the early pace, before goals from Jamille Matt, Dan Butler' and a Mark Carrington own goal completed the win. 

MK Dons Manager Paul Tisdale: “They're doing really well. Michael has them well organised, with a clarity as to how they attack and defend. It's a difficult place to play, I've been there many times. The facilities have improved there in the last year or two, they have a fabulous new pitch, and it's a club on the up.

"They look like a team that will have a chance of playing for the play-offs. We have to be really careful, and they have great home form. It will be a really good challenge for us."

MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale used his pre-match press conference to provide updates on a number of injuries. 

On Chuks Aneke: "Chuks has a minor niggle so there's every chance he could be back soon. We're keeping an optimistic view for Saturday."

On Rhys Healey: "Rhys took a knock last, but I hope he will be back."

On Lawson D'Ath: "Generally, Lawson is fit, he trained this week so I don't expect a problem there."

Newport County may be able to welcome back Robbie Willmott, Keanu Marsh-Brown and Andrew Crofts to league action.

Nicholas Kinseley will referee this Saturday's clash at Rodney Parade - it'll be his 14th game of the season so far.

Kinseley has so far issued 37 bookings and has sent off two players. The Essex-based official last oversaw a Dons clash during their 2-1 defeat to Doncaster in April.

Oldham's assistant referees this evening are Marvyn Amphlett and Ian Smedleywhile the fourth official is Christopher Husband.

Dons wins: 1
Dons wins at Rodney Parade: 1
Last Dons win: 3-2, 9 Aug 2016 (Rodney Parade)

Draws: 0

Newport County wins: 0

Result
Dons win: 1/1
Draw: 5/2
Newport County win: 12/5

MK Dons travel to south Wales on Saturday for their first-ever league meeting with the Exiles. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Tickets are priced at £19 adults, £15 seniors, £13 young adults/students, £7 under-16s and £5 under-12s while under-6s go FREE. Newport County also offer a Family Ticket for four people at a price of £42.

Coach travel is available to book, with spaces priced at £20 Season Ticket holders and £21 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 10am.

To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets and travel will remain available to buy from the Club up until 5pm on Friday.

Alternatively, iFollow MK Dons subscribers can listen to live commentary of this game – click HERE to sign up for as little as £4.49 for a month.

Supporters can also stay in touch with the action via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 2pm.

There will also be full coverage on the Club’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!

A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com straight after the final whistle along with full reaction from Paul Tisdale and a player. Highlights will be available to view from midnight.


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