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MATCH PREVIEW: Newport County v Coventry City - The Sky Blues face the League Two side in a pre-season friendly tonight

29 July 2014

Resd our full match preview ahead of City's pre-season friendly against Newport County tonight....

Coventry City travel to Spytty Stadium tonight to face League Two side Newport County tonight, with kick-off at 7.30pm.

The Sky Blues returned to the UK at the weekend following their pre-season tour of Italy where they played Italian sides AS Roma B and Chievo Verona, and Greek side AEL Kalloni.

Steven Pressley's squad will now go through a challenging week with four games, starting in Wales tonight against the Exiles.

Match details

Venue: Spytty Park Stadium, Newport. 
Postcode: NP19 4PT
Kick-off: 7.30pm
Distance: 108 miles (1hr 54mins travelling time)

Overview

Having reformed in 1989, Newport County enjoyed their first season back in the Football League last year.

Justin Edinburgh guided his side to 14th position in League Two having achieved promotion from the Conference via the play-offs in the 2012/13 season.

The League Two side have added to their squad in the summer with former Forest Green midfielder Jan Klukowski and former AFC Wimbledon defender Darren Jones two of four new signings for the Welsh side.

County retained a strong squad from last season and will be looking up the League Two table next season as County continue to progress as a Football League club.

Connections

Shaun Jeffers

The former Coventry City striker joined Newport in January 2014 as part of a deal which saw Conor Washington move to Jeffers' former club Peterborough United.

The 22-year old processed through the City youth ranks and made his debut for the Sky Blues in August 2009 against Hartlepool United in the League Cup.

Jeffers was released by the club at the end of the 2012/13 season having featured heavily for City's Under-21s side.

The striker is still waiting to score his first League goal for the Exiles and is likely to play against the Sky Blues tonight.

David Pipe

The 30-year old started his career at Coventry City in 2001 and made over 20 appearances for the Sky Blues over a three-year spell.

Pipe moved to Notts County in 2004 and made over 140 appearances for the East Midlands side before moving to Bristol Rovers in 2007.

The defender moved to Newport in 2011 and played a crucial role in Newport's promotion to the Football League.

After 100 appearances for the Exiles, Pipe signed a two-year deal at Conference side Forest Green Rovers in May.

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