Newport vs Northampton by Sureseye
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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