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📝 Match Preview: Newport County (A)

All you need to know ahead of City's rearranged trip to South Wales

15 February 2021

The Grecians are back in action on the road this Tuesday and will hope to continue their recent good form, despite their last two fixtures being postponed.

City's trips to Barrow and Oldham both fell to frozen pitches meaning it's ten days since they were last in action, beating Bradford City 3-2 at SJP. 

They are unbeaten in February so far, with that win coming a few days after a 1-0 victory on the road at Stevenage thanks to Rory McArdle's goal. 

Newport were beaten 1-0 by Southend United at Rodney Parade last Tuesday and saw their match at Port Vale called off on Saturday - one of nine matches to be postponed in League Two. 

TOM PARKES' THOUGHTS

"We are looking forward to it especially after the two postponements last week," he said after matches at Barrow and Oldham were called off. 

"Our main focus is on Newport and trying to get the win. As a player it's difficult to deal with the disrupted schedule but it's all part of it.

"Newport is a tough place to go and we know it's going to be a difficult pitch. We have to keep them quiet and do what we do best which is creating chances. 

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HOW TO WATCH

Sadly fans can't be at the match but you can get the next best thing by purchasing a match pass at the cost of just £10 in the UK. The stream includes Exeter City Club commentary score overlay and replays.

To purchase a match pass please click here.

Matchday Coverage

As usual, we’ll have the match covered across our social media channels and we’ll have a post-match interview with manager Matt Taylor and a player as they reflect on the result.

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THE GROUND

  • Name: Rodney Parade
  • Capacity: 7850
  • Year Opened: 1877
  • Address: Rodney Parade, Rodney Road, Newport, NP19 0UU

Constructed in 1877, Rodney Parade is the main stadium in Newport that is served for footballing and rugby purposes. It is currently the second oldest stadium in the Football League as of 2019, just behind Preston North End’s ground of Deepdale, which was built in 1875.

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Whilst Newport play here, and have done since 2012, the ground is owned by the Welsh Rugby Union who also own fellow tenants Newport Gwent Dragons. In the past, Newport Bowls Club have been a tenant at Rodney Parade, as well as cricket teams and athletic teams as well.

There are also currently four courts that are used by the Newport Squash Club, who were formed in 1968. The record attendance at Rodney Parade, stands at 9,836 which is more than max capacity. This is due to the addition of extra seating, which was installed when Newport faced off against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup. In the League however, the record attendance stands at just below capacity, at 7,326 when Newport pulled off that great escape in 2017 against Notts County.

NEWPORT COUNTY'S LAST MATCH

Newport County 0 Southend United 1 | 09/02/21 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Struggling Southend sealed a surprise win in Wales as Tom Clifford's 74th minute strike gave them the three points. 

PREVIOUS LEAGUE ENCOUNTER

Exeter City 1 Newport County 0 | 26/12/19 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Lee Martin scored the only goal of the game as Exeter City recorded a 1-0 victory over Newport County AFC at St James Park last year.


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