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Match Previews


8 October 2021

Match Previews


8 October 2021

The Bantams will continue their Sky Bet League Two campaign with a visit to Rodney Parade to play Newport County on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm).

City have only faced the Exiles three times this century, with their last victory at Rodney Parade coming in 1985.

We have put together a Big Match Preview to give you all the key details you need to know, heading into the encounter.


City: Derek Adams will be without Finn Cousin-Dawson, who is away on international duty with Northern Ireland’s Under-21s side.

Club captain Niall Canavan remains sidelined - along with Lee Angol, Theo Robinson and Caolan Lavery.

Abo Eisa returned to training on Thursday, but is not expected to be available for the weekend's encounter.

Newport: Temporary manager Wayne Hatswell may stick with a winning side, after making four changes for his first game in charge.


Derek Adams: “We go into every game aiming to win it. 

“Newport come in off a good victory last week against Scunthorpe United - but we had a good win at home as well.

“Michael Flynn has left and he did a good job for them, guiding them to two play-off finals.

“Their assistant manager came in and made four changes last week. I do not think a lot more will change in terms of personnel, but time will tell.”

Wayne Hatswell: “I have been speaking to the gaffer daily. It is not like that we have broken up, divorced and he never wants to speak to me again.

“There are standards here that need to be kept. The staff have been with us a long time and know what to expect, and to look out for anything that might go wrong.”


Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE by purchasing an iFollow video match pass if they are based in a country which is not eligible for the EFL's international coverage.

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning in the morning. 

Bantams around the world will be able to catch the action for free via iFollow in selected countries - due to the game's selection for Pitch International overseas broadcast.

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE

BBC Radio Leeds’ Jamie Raynor and Andy Kiwomya will provide live commentary on DAB across West Yorkshire, and via the BBC Sounds app.


The Bantams suffered a 96th-minute defeat to Newport in their last meeting - played at the Cardiff City Stadium due to Rodney Parade’s overuse following project restart.

The Exiles' victory was secured by Matthew Dolan’s second of the game - in the form of a last-gasp penalty after a long throw was adjudged to have been handled in the area.

NEWPORT 2 (Matthew Dolan 77’, 90+6’ pen)

CITY 1 (Andy Cook 46’)

NEWPORT: Nick Townsend; Matthew Dolan, Mickey Demetriou, Priestley Farquharson, Scot Bennett (Ryan Taylor 58’); Aaron Lewis (Kevin Ellison 74’), Liam Shephard, Josh Sheehan, Joss Labadie © ; Nicky Maynard (Dominic Telford 58’), Padraig Amond (Jake Scrimshaw 74’). SUBS (not used): Tom King, David Longe-King, Anthony Hartigan. 

CITY: Sam Hornby; Paudie O’Connor © , Anthony O’Connor, Niall Canavan, Connor Wood; Billy Clarke (Charles Vernam 67’), Oliver Crankshaw (Jordan Stevens 82’), Elliot Watt, Levi Sutton; Danny Rowe (Gareth Evans 67’), Andy Cook (Clayton Donaldson 82’). SUBS (not used): Richard O’Donnell, Callum Cooke, Finn Cousin-Dawson. 


Sam Purkiss will take charge of the encounter, marking his 10th game of the season.

Purkiss has not officiated either side since December 2020, taking charge in Newport’s 2-1 win against Morecambe, and City’s 1-1 draw away at Crawley.

Darren Wilding and Thomas Harty will join Purkiss as his assistants, whilst Sam Allison will act as fourth official.


City supporters can back their team for victory this Saturday with Sky Bet.

Derek Adams’ team are currently priced at 6/4 to come out on top in the contest. 

Having returned to the scoresheet last weekend, Andy Cook is 7/1 to score at any time.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly. 


Both sides will step out in their respective home strips, with Newport donning amber and black while the Bantams will wear white.

Newport: Amber / Black / Amber

Bantams: White / Claret / Amber 

CLICK HERE to purchase an iFollow video match pass ahead of tomorrow's clash, and HERE to read full details on the iFollow option. 

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