Newport vs Fleetwood by Isaiah
Newport drew 2:2 last weekend against Scunthorpe at home, in a game where they looked very competitive against second at the table team. It was their third consecutive game without victory, as the side shows fatigue with constant racing obligations as they have been beaten three times in last five matches, although they have played four times at home.
First halftime of the game belonged to Newport, as they had a very offensive halftime, great movement of the ball and created many problems for their opponent, getting into the lead in 25th minute. On the other side, Scunthorpe has regrouped, took control of the game in second halftime and reversed the score with two goals in 61st and 83rd minute as it seemed the visitors will get the three pointer, when the hosts equalized to 2:2 in the delays of the game. Despite a good performance in the game, they left if with a bitter taste as they had many opportunities to get into the 2:0 lead. They remained seven points behind the positions in the play-offs, but the distance can be covered with other postponed games Newport has. There are no new problems in the home team, as they remain without two goalkeepers Pidgeley (24/0) and Stephens (2/0), while striker O'Connor who didn't play this season, is close to return from an injuries.
Fleetwood Town remains at the play-off position, however is showing a pretty poor performances in last seven league matches, having won just one and that was at home against Northampton which is located in the relegation zone. They had quite a big problems in the offensive zone, as they didn't score in last three games.
They are coming from a goalless draw at home against Wimbledon last weekend, in a game where they had several good phases and left better impression in the first halftime. However, in repetition, Wimbledon staged performance and became more threatening, but as the time went both teams looked like very satisfied with a draw. Coach Graham Alexander was satisfied after the game, saying that the team showed improvement after a home crash against Plymouth last Tuesday. Visitors once again will have many problems in front of tonight's game, as they will probably miss central midfielder Schumacher (25/4) who is highly questionable after being injured last week, while top scorer Ball (22/6) remains sidelined with injury, same as key midfielder Hughes (26/3).
Atmosphere in Newport is a bit more optimistic and the home side remains small favorite in front of this game. On the other side, Fleetwood has problems with absences, but also can't wait for much during the game. Open game is expected as both teams are in a must win situation, but have quite a big problems at the defensive lineup.