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Newport County vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 19

18 December 2020

Latics will be hoping to carry on their impressive form on the road when they travel to Wales to take on Newport County in Sky Bet League Two.

Last time out, a spirited second-half comeback was in vain as Walsall snatched a winning goal at Boundary Park.

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Harry Kewell will know that his side has a tough test as Newport are currently top of the league.

Form Guide

Despite sitting top of the league, Newport have won neither of their last two games with a 2-1 defeat to Leyton Orient and a draw at Salford.

The loss at Orient saw a six-game unbeaten run come to an end and was just their second league loss of the campaign.

They currently top the League Two table; two points clear of Carlisle in 2nd and four points clear in the automatic promotion spots.

The Exiles’ last six:

  1. Salford City 1-1 Newport County
  2. Leyton Orient 2-1 Newport County
  3. Grimsby Town 0-2 Newport County
  4. Newport County 2-1 Morecambe
  5. Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Newport
  6. Newport County 3-0 Salford City (FA Cup)

Head-to-Head

Meetings:12

Latics wins: 7
Newport wins: 3
Draws: 2

Scored - 22
Conceded - 8

Latics fans will have fond memories of the last time the two clubs met.

Danny Rowe found the back of the net on two occasions and Zak Dearnley, Tom Hamer and Jonny Smith added to the scoresheet in a 5-0 thrashing at Boundary Park.

The last time Latics visited Rodney Parade also saw the boys in blue pick-up three points.

A goal in time added on at the end of the first half from Zak Mills was enough to ensure they left Wales victorious in November 2019.

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Interesting Info

  • Last season’s 5-0 was our biggest win, but there’s been a 4-0 (H) and 4-1 (A) (both 1970), and a 3-0 (H, 1969), with the other three wins being by one goal 3-2 (H, 1962), 1-0 (H, 1981), 1-0 (A, 2019).
  • On average, there are 2.5 goals per game in matches against Newport.
  • The hosts are 14 points ahead, and have conceded less than half of what Latics have conceded already. But have scored as many goals as they current first placed team.
  • They are two without a win.
  • If Latics win, it equals the club record set on Jan 5 2008 with the FA Cup win at Everton, of 7 consecutive away wins in all competitions.
  • Also now 15 matches without a draw in all competitions. 29 is the record.
  • Doubles happen frequently. In only 12 matches, Oldham have done the double over Newport twice (1970-71 and 2019-20) and the Exiles have done it once (2018-19).
  • On This Day: Dec 19 is pretty good so far: P18 W8 D6 L4, scored 31 and conceded 27. Over the years those beaten have been Liverpool (1914), Spurs (1992), and Man City (1987). But we lost 8-0 to Hull in 1953, though we beat Leeds City 6-0 in 1908.

Team News

In terms of selection, Head Coach Harry Kewell still has a similar squad available. Danny Rowe is close to a return to the side, with George Blackwood now having some more time on the sidelines after a setback in his recovery.

Defenders Andrea Badan and Kyle Jameson are continuing their good recovery from hamstring injuries.

Watch Out For

Padraig Amond is County’s top scorer so far this campaign.

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The forward has seven goals to his name in all competitions.

He started his career with Shamrock Rovers in 2006. 2007 saw him go out on loan to Kildare County. He left Shamrock Rovers in 2010, moving to fellow Irish side Sligo Rovers.

After an impressive season with Sligo where he scored 17 times in 27 appearances, the 32 year-old left Ireland for Portugal, joining FC Pacos De Ferreira.

Struggling to make an impact in Portugal, Amond was sent out on loan to Accrington Stanley where he would get his first taste of English football.

His move was later made permanent and he has had spells at Morecambe, Grimsby Town and Hartlepool United before he joined Newport in August 2017.

Amond boasts an impressive record in the FA Cup from his time with County, he has scored against Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Middlesbrough and Manchester City.

In The Dugout

Michael Flynn is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

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He was appointed boss at Rodney Parade in March 2017, and he managed to lead the club to a dramatic great escape to stop the club falling out of the football league.

During his time with the Exiles, Flynn has some impressive cup upsets on his CV which saw them reach the fifth round for the first time since 1949 in the 2018/19 season.

Stadium - Rodney Parade

Capacity: 8,700 (7,580 for football)
Built in: 1877

Record Attendance: 6,615 (vs. Havant in 2010)
Other tenants: Dragons, Newport RFC

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Match Officials

The man in charge of the game tomorrow is Robert Madley.

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The official has had 12 games this season, handing out 38 yellow cards but no red cards.

Madley last officiated a Latics game back in October 2020 as he oversaw Harry Kewell's side beat Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium.

He will be assisted by Darren Wilding and Paul Lister, with Kevin Morris as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Table-toppers Newport County are ¾ favourites to continue their impressive start to the season whilst Latics are 16/5 to win again on the road.

13/5 is the price for a draw.

A repeat of Oldham’s 1-0 win in the fixture from last season is priced at 11/1.

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How To Follow The Game

Because the game is classed as behind-closed-doors, supporters can tune into a live match stream with commentary available for all subscribers on iFollow Latics, as Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown you through the action.

This match is available as a live stream for the fee of £10 by clicking here.

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In the current environment, there is a greater dependence on match streaming than ever before. 

As a result iFollow generates one of the only revenue streams available to clubs through these financial challenges. 

Piracy - and illegal streaming of matches - does not only carry the risk of potential criminal action, but also has a greater financial impact on clubs while supporters are unable to attend matches. 

The EFL's campaign would like to not only convey the message that piracy is immoral and illegal, but that it is also financially damaging club's across the divisions.

For more information on the campaign and iFollow, click here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.

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Match Reports

Newport County 2-4 Latics

19 December 2020

Latics produced a sensational away performance to come from behind twice and stun Sky Bet League Two leaders Newport County.

Trailing as early as the eighth minute, Harry Kewell’s side struck straight back through Davis Keillor-Dunn, only to go in at the break behind.

Yet goals from Conor McAleny and substitutes Alfie McCalmont and Zak Dearnley completed an amazing comeback in the second period as Latics equalled a club record seventh straight away win.

The fact this was also Newport’s first home league defeat of the season was full testament to a brilliant display from Kewell’s side, whose win was embellished with two magnificent goals.

Newport took the lead with a fine strike of their own, the dangerous Scott Twine unleashing an unstoppable drive from distance.

But Latics were only behind for six minutes, Keillor-Dunn sliding a shot home after Harry Clarke’s pass was flicked on by Sido Jombait.

The visitors proceeded to apply good pressure, McAleny should have made more of an angled effort inside the area after a quick break while Dylan Bahamboula also created a good chance for Bobby Grant.

It was against the run of play that the home side regained the lead five minutes before the interval, Scot Bennett making the most of the space afforded to him by the Latics defence to turn and fire a low shot past Ian Lawlor.

But more drama was about to follow in the second period, beginning with a truly wodnerful individual effort from McAley to draw Latics level again just before the hour.

As the ball bounced 30 yards from goal, the attacker struck a sweet strike past the dive of the outstretched Nick Townsend.

For the second away game running, Kewell’s side also had Lawlor to thank for a game-changing penalty save, this time keeping out Padrig Amond’s penalty on 71 minutes.

It gave Latics the impetus to stage a grandstand finish with two goals from substitutes to seal the points in style.

With five minutes to play, McCalmont steered the ball home at the far post after good work from Bahamboula.

And moments after seeing his header hit the bar, Dearnley wrapped it up with another long-range brilliant effort, receiving the ball from Keillor-Dunn before rifling it home to secure fantastic win.

Newport County: Townsend, Haynes (Abrahams 85'), Demetriou, Cooper, Shephard, Bennett, Willmott (Ellison 69'), Collins (Devitt 69'), Sheehan (C), Twine, Proctor (Amond 60').

Subs not used: King, Dolan, Longe-King.

Oldham Athletic: Lawlor, Jombati, Clarke, Piergianni (C), Borthwick-Jackson (Barnett 46'), Ntambwe, Garrity, Bahamboula (Hamer 88'), Keillor-Dunn, McAleny (McCalmont 74'), Grant (Dearnley 74').

Subs not used: Bilboe, Fage, Whelan.

Referee - Bobby Madley

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