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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Newport County - The Sky Blues begin the Easter weekend with a trip to Rodney Parade

City look to maintain their unbeaten run...

29 March 2018

Venue: Rodney Parade

Competition: Sky Bet League Two 

Date: Friday, March 30th

Kick-off: 3pm

The Sky Blues travel to Rodney Parade to face a Newport side who are without a win at home in their last six games.

County have fell of the pace in their pursuit for a play-off place in recent weeks, where as in comparison, the Sky Blues have climbed into the top seven.

Manager Mike Flynn has enjoyed a successful season and has exceeded expectations with the Exiles, having been able to save them from relegation on the final day of last season.

He also enjoyed a run in the FA Cup with Newport, which saw them earn a replay at Wembley, where they ultimately were defeated by Tottenham Hotspur.

Heading into the game, the Sky Blues remain without Jordan Maguire-Drew (appendix) and Jordan Willis (ankle) who will all miss-out through injury. Jodi Jones (ACL) and Tony Andreu (ACL) both remain out with their long-term injuries.

However, Carl Baker and Tom Davies could be in line for a place in the squad, as they step-up their comeback from injuries.

Newport will be without Joss Labadie who suffered a serious knee injury in training a few weeks back and will be out for the rest of the season.

Paul Hayes could return following recovering from a tight calf and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin will be back available following the international break.

The Opponents

It has been a season of success for Newport so far, as they have built on surviving the drop to the National League last year. The Exiles looked destined for relegation until Mike Flynn came in and saved the club from relegation and they haven’t looked back since his arrival to Newport County.

Currently sitting in mid-table, Flynn and his side may have fell short of a push at the play-offs, but compared to last season it is something to build on for the club heading into the next campaign, as they look to go one further.

Joe Day will likely line-up in goal for Newport in front of a defence which has seen on-loan Brighton defender Ben White put in some stand-out performances so far this campaign.

Newport could boast a threat through throw-ins if Ben Tozer makes the starting eleven, with numerous dangers coming through the midfielder’s efforts.

Padraig Amond is currently the clubs top scorer in the league with 11 goals so far this term, including two assists.

Earlier this season

The Sky Blues suffered a disappointing defeat to the Exiles when the sides met at the Ricoh earlier this season

On-loan Brentford midfielder, Reece Cole scored the only goal of the game with his long-range effort early in the second half.

Tony Andreu and Jodi Jones came close to finding the back of the net, but County ‘keeper Joe Day pulled off some good stops.

Newport's Home Form

D - 1-1 v Morecambe

D - 1-1 v Tottenham Hotspur

D - 0-0 v Notts County

D - 3-3 v Forest Green Rovers

D - 1-1 v Luton Town

L - 1-2 Crewe Alexandra

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REPORT: Newport County 1-1 Coventry City - Biamou's strike hands City a point in South Wales.

The Sky Blues earn a draw at Rodney Parade...

30 March 2018

Coventry City remain sixth in SkyBet League Two after Max Biamou's late strike salvaged a point at Rodney Parade.

The home side took the lead late on in the first half through Mickey Demetriou before the Frenchman's 81st minute rocket levelled the game during what was a tough afternoon in South Wales. 

The result means that Mark Robins' side have extended their unbeaten run to seven matches.

The Sky Blues came close to opening the scoring after just six minutes. A delicate flick from Marc McNulty send Jonson Clarke-Harris racing towards the byline his cross found Jordan Shipley in the six-yard box - but his header rippled the side netting and not the back of the net.

Demetriou came close from range for the home side who appeared to be doing all they could to land the ball ontop of the City defence as often as possible and hope that a lapse provided them with a breakthrough.

McNulty took his tally for the season into the twenties with his hat-trick against Grimsby at the Ricoh on Saturday and almost crept even closer to the top of the SkyBet League Two scoring charts when Shipley found him in the area but the former Portsmouth striker blazed his shot high over the crossbar.

Regardless, it was Newport who took the lead just before the break. Some good play down the left saw the ball fall nicely for Demetriou in the area to calmly put the home side ahead. 

Newport started the second-half the stronger, and forced a world-class save from Lee Burge before Padraig Amond saw his goal-bound shot hooked off the line in spectacular fashion by Dom Hyam.

Despite the pressure, the Sky Blues levelled with ten minutes to go. Kyel Reid burst away from the Exiles defence before floating his cross over the Max Biamou, on for Peter Vincenti moments earlier, blasted the ball under Joe Day and into the back of the net. Robins' side had salvaged a late point.

 

Attendance: 4,667 (1479 away)

Goals:

Yellows: Haynes 72', O'Brien 82'.

Reds:

Coventry XI: Burge; Grimmer, Hyam, McDonald, Haynes; Vincenti (Biamou 76'), Doyle (C), Bayliss, Shipley (K. Reid 64'); Clarke-Harris, McNulty (Ponticelli 68').

Subs: L.O'Brien, Stokes, Davies, Barrett.

Newport XI: Day; Pipe, White, M.O'Brien (C), Demetriou, Butler, Willmott (Sheehan 73'), Dolan, Tozer, Amond, Hayes (Nouble 45').

Subs: Bittner, Jackson, T. Reid, McCoulsky, Collins.

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