Newport vs Northampton by Sureseye

Newport broke their run of three consecutive league victory with 1-0 loss on travel to Burton. Adam McGurk's quality cross to the far post meant Pidgeley was helpless to prevent Kee's six-yard header from finding the net in the 79 minutes. Although Burton had plenty of clear cut chance to have made the scoreline more than a 1-0 but it was overall an impressive performance as they dominated play for a larger part of the match and manager Gary Rowett admitted it was their finest display since the season start. The loss now sees Newport sitting at the 8th position on the league table, just one point outside the play-off spot, although they have played one match lesser than Oxford United and Fleetwood Town in the 6th and 7th positions respectively and two match lesser than Southend and Rochdale in the 4th and 5th positions respectively.


Manager Justin Edinburgh admitted his side played below par and must now pull themselves together in this important home match in front of their fans. Goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley is set to play depite sustaining a broken thumb in the 1-0 loss to Burton. Striker Aaron O'Connor is closing in on a return from long term injury that sidelined him since May. Midfielder Max Porter is also back in training while Tom Naylor will feature after extending his loan stay from Derby until the end of the season.


Andy King earned his first point as Northampton's caretaker boss as his side travelled to Portsmouth on new year. It was a fairly balanced match according to match reports but Portsmouth would be thought to have taken out more positives as they seemed the better team on field; hit the crossbar and missed a couple of chances. The result halted rock bottomed Northampton two consecutive losses. Northampton remains least scoring in the league and worst traveller and consolidated on home performances for the better parts of their results so far.


The side is much changed in an urgent seek for redemption while injury also keeps nagging; strikers Hallam Hope and Antonio German arrived from Everton and Gillingham respectively on New Year's Day and go straight into contention for their debuts while attacking duo Izale McLeod and Luke Norris have returned to their parent clubs, fellow striker Roy O'Donovan is in Dubai discussing a potential overseas move and defender Matt Heath has departed following the expiration of his short-term contract. Left back Joe Widdowson is set to miss this clash. Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Ian Morris, Clive Platt, Kelvin Langmead, Lewis Hornby and Alex Nicholls all remain sidelined, but midfielder Darren Carter makes his delayed return from a one-match suspension after the New Year's Day clash.


Newport are a strong home side and are eager to reach the play-off spot with a win here while guests look unsettled despite struggling to break out of the relegation zone.

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Newport Win BetVictor 1.90 10 1-2 LOST (-10 units)
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Comments (5)
Use your own brain when writing picks please :)
01/04/2014 - 14:50
you mean I should invent my own team news? oh I've well been thinking about that too
01/04/2014 - 14:55
spent the last 3hours watching videos of their previous matches and scouting for news FYI
01/04/2014 - 14:59
No, not only about team news. You did it and you know exactly what am I talking about. It's also out of three hours rule, pay attention to that next time, we will leave it this time. :)
01/04/2014 - 15:01
okay boss :)
01/04/2014 - 15:03
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