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Preview: Newport V Cheltenham

12 September 2017

Cheltenham Town make the short trip over the border and into Wales for tonight’s Sky Bet League two fixture with Newport County (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Robins will be looking to build on an encouraging display last time out against Yeovil Town, where the team created plenty of chances but had to settle for a 0-0 draw in Somerset.

The last three meetings between the two teams has actually ended all square, as the Gary Johnson's men played out a 1-1 draw at the LCI Rail Stadium last term and a 2-2 stalemate at Rodney Parade.

The Opposition:

Newport County have enjoyed a strong start to the season – with two wins in six games to occupy 12th place – but were held to a 0-0 draw at home last weekend against Wycombe.

However, they possess plenty of firepower in front of goal, including striker Frank Nouble who was named the League Two player of the month after an electric start to the season that including a hat-trick against Chesterfield.

Manager Mike Flynn will be hoping for a return to winning ways tonight after the draw at the weekend, saying: "I am frustrated because in the first half (against Wycombe) we had enough chances to win three football matches.

"We started brightly in the second half as well, but then Wycombe were by far the better team and pinned us in.

"By the end, we are probably grateful that we didn't lose. We kept a clean sheet and there are some positives... we are moving in the right direction."

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Nigel Atangana is pushing for a recall after missing the Yeovil game while Dan Holman will also be assessed after a thigh injury. Will Boyle is fully fit to push for a start, but Jordon Forster continues to be ruled out as he recovers from an operation on his Achilles.

Newport team news: Home skipper Joss Labadie could miss Cheltenham's visit to Rodney Parade after coming off before half-time against Wycombe with a groin strain. Defender Mark O'Brien also faces a fitness test on a bruised foot.

The man in the middle:

Gavin Ward, in his 11th season as a Football League referee, will be the man with the whistle tonight. Last season, he refereed 41 games, giving out 150 yellow cards and brandishing a further six red cards. He will be assisted by Simon Knapp, Ben Cobb and fourth official Derek Eaton.

Last time we met:

04/02/17 – Cheltenham 1-1 Newport (L2)

10/09/16 – Newport 2-2 Cheltenham (L2)

13/03/15 – Newport 1-1 Cheltenham (L2)

28/12/14 – Cheltenham 0-1 Newport (L2)

22/02/14– Newport 0-1 Cheltenham (L2)

Ticket Information:

Tickets will be available prior to kick-off at Rodney Parade. Supporters are advised to pay on the gate - cash only - from the Away Ticket Office (Gate 6).

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