MATCH PREVIEW | Newport County v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 10 Dec 2018

Newport County v Wrexham

Date: 11/12/2018

Kick-Off: 19:45

Location: Rodney Parade

Competition: Emirates FA Cup Second Round Replay 

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Neither side could be seperated at the Racecourse Ground, meaning Newport County and Wrexham must be seperated in South Wales with only one going on to face former Premier League champions Leicester City in Round Three. 

Form

Wrexham come into the game on the back of an excellent 2-0 victory at home to Eastleigh on the weekend. James Jennings' goal after just two minutes gave the Dragons the lead before Bobby Grant's first goal for Wrexham doubled the lead ending a small winless run. Wrexham had previously met Newport in the initial tie and having come close just couldn't do enough to wrap up the game to progress.

As for the Exiles, they travelled to the County Ground to face Swindon Town in Sky Bet League Two, with the hosts going ahead in the opening 60 seconds. County equalised through Padraig Amond before Swindon regained control with eight minutes to go running out 2-1 winners come full-time. Newport had also been in midweek action three days after our initial game at the Cae Ras as they made their way to Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road in the Checkatrade Trophy. Amond was on the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw before they bowed out of the competition on penalties. 

Key Players

Wrexham defender Manny Smith came through his return with no problems to report having been out with an injury since August. Smith had been on the bench against Newport but made his return to the pitch on Saturday and marked it with a much sought after clean sheet. An integral part of the back four last season he'll want to continue to push his way into the side with a selection headache on for interim boss Graham Barrow, with Jake Lawlor and returning Shaun Pearson at his disponsal. 

As for County, striking duo Matt and Amond have been deadly for Mike Flynn's side having grabbed 21 goals in League Two between them, as well as scoring one each in the previous round against Met Police. Amond has experience against Wrexham having turned out for Grimsby against us in the National League, as well as having played in the same side as Shaun Pearson as Blundell Park. Matt will also have played against Wrexham during the early days of his career at Kidderminster Harriers and has scored goals regularly at Rodney Parade.

Head to Head

We've met on a number of occasions throughout our history with the most recent of games - with the exception of the 0-0 draw in the initial tie a week ago - coming five years ago under the arch at Wembley. We competed in the play-off final where late goals from Aaron O'Connor and Christian Jolley sealed a win for the Exiles. Our last league game came at Rodney Parade where goals from Danny Wright for Wrexham and Max Porter resulted in a 1-1 draw with Dragons stopper Joslain Mayebi saving a penalty. Our last meeting at the Cae Ras ended with a 2-0 Wrexham win with goals from Wright and Adrian Cieslewicz in September 2012.

Team News

Defender Doug Tharme and striker Rekeil Pyke remained injured whilst right-back Kevin Roberts was forced off on Saturday. Suspended Shaun Pearson and Brad Walker return and are available for selection.

Keep Up

You can listen to free live commentary from Wrexham AFC on Mixlr as well as Calon FM- keep up to date on our social media channels. Highlights will be available with the first word from the manager and players post-match on our YouTube Channel.

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