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OPPOSITION GUIDE: NEWPORT COUNTY

25 March 2022

City return to the Utilita Energy Stadium this Saturday to welcome Newport County for a Sky Bet League Two clash, with kick-off set for 3.00pm.

The Exiles are well in the race for promotion and arrive in West Yorkshire in sixth place, just one point away from third and three away from second.

County find themselves in the thick of an extremely tight chasing pack and last weekend’s defeat to Hartlepool United caused them to fall out of the automatic-promotion spots.

James Rowberry will be looking for an immediate reaction when his Exiles side face the Bantams, with the South Walians hoping to extend their four-match unbeaten run against the hosts.

We have created an Opposition Guide to take you through all the key information on Saturday's visitors.

TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Exiles allowed four players to leave the club in January, replacing them with two loans from higher divisions and a permanent signing.

INCOMINGS: Josh Pask (Coventry, loan), James Waite (Penybont), Rob Street (Crystal Palace, loan).

OUTGOINGS: Ed Upson (Stevenage), Jordan Greenidge (Weymouth), Lewys Twamely (Salisbury City, loan), Jermaine Hylton (free agent).

ONES TO WATCH

Dominic Telford

Dom Telford is the Sky Bet League Two top goal-scorer with 23 goals to his name.

Burnley-born Telford has excelled in North Wales, hitting the heights he did not quite manage at Plymouth, Blackpool, Bristol Rovers and Bury - netting 26 goals total for his four previous clubs.

The 25-year-old is on track to earn the division's golden boot, and perhaps even County’s player of the year award, having scored 37% of their league goals.

Finn Azaz

Finn Azaz joined the club on-loan during the summer, signing on a temporary basis from Aston Villa.

The 21-year-old has performed consistently at Rodney Parade, netting six times while providing the same number of assists.

Newport manager James Rowberry is a big fan of the youngster, and suggested that he is being touted by a number of Championship clubs.

Oliver Cooper

Oliver Cooper is the top assist provider at the South Welsh club, providing nine goals from the flank.

Cooper is a key part of Newport’s success this season thanks to their reliance on wing play.

The 22-year-old joined the club on-loan from Swansea in the summer, making the short trip across Wales for the season.

CAPTAIN

Club captain Matthew Dolan signed for the Exiles in 2017 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances in Newport colours.

The 28-year-old is a familiar face to City fans, having played for the club on loan before signing permanently in 2014.

Dolan is primarily a defensive midfielder, but has been deployed as a centre-back when County set up with a back three. He was named club captain at the start of the season.

MANAGER

James Rowberry took the post at Rodney Parade following Michael Flynn’s departure.

Wayne Hatswell was given the job on an interim basis, but Rowberry was given the permanent role in February this year.

The Exiles job is Rowberry’s first in senior management, earning his stripes at youth level with County and Bristol City.

LAST MATCH

Newport 2 (Omar Bogle OG 16’, Robert Street 71’)

Hartlepool 3 (Jamie Sterry 35’, Luke Molyneux 45+3’, Neil Byrne 73’)

NEWPORT: Joe Day; Cameron Norman, James Clarke (Aaron Lewis 49’), Ryan Haynes, Mickey Demetriou; Matthew Dolan © (Robbie Willmott 45’), Finn Azaz, Scot Bennett, Oliver Cooper (James Waite 45’); Dom Telford, Robert Street SUBS (not used): Alex Fisher, Lewis Collins, Kevin Ellison, Evan Ovedale

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Meetings: 45

City Wins: 18

Draws: 7

Newport Wins: 20

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