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09 April 2019 Venue Rodney Parade Attendance

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English Football League - League Two

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PREVIEW: NEWPORT COUNTY (A)

8 April 2019

Swindon will be hoping to continue a positive unbeaten streak as they play their game-in-hand away at Newport County.

With the original fixture postponed due to the Exiles’ involvement in the FA Cup, the game was rescheduled for April 9th and means Swindon have an early opportunity to bounce back from a late sucker punch at the weekend.

Yeovil snatched an equaliser at the death after Keshi Anderson had put the Robins ahead just before half-time.

Before that, Swindon had scored seven in two games, won six points and put themselves back in with a shout of challenging the play-off positions with wins over Morecambe and Bury.

Town have been boosted by the return of Michael Doughty on Saturday who had been out for almost two months with a hamstring injury.

The Oppo

Newport’s last three matches exactly parallel Swindon’s – two wins and a draw. After failing to score against Colchester and Northampton in successive away defeats, a return to Rodney Parade brought victory over Cheltenham. Yeovil were beaten the following week before a 0-0 draw against Tranmere.

Newport are seventh in the home table, this season with Swindon’s away results putting them seventh for their season on the road.

Head-to-head

Town’s record against Newport, in the league, is not the greatest – before December’s 2-1 win at the County Ground, the last time the Robins beat the Exiles in a league fixture was 1987.

Earlier in the season, Town were on top in the Checkatrade Trophy, winning 1-0 through a Michael Doughty penalty - Swindon's third victory over the Exiles in four years.

25 Jan 1987         Swindon Town v Newport County             W            3-0          League Division Three

23 Sep 2014        Newport County v Swindon Town             W            1-2          Johnstone’s Paint Trophy

01 Sep 2015        Newport County v Swindon Town             W            1-1          Johnstone’s Paint Trophy

25 Nov 2017        Swindon Town v Newport County             L              0-1          League Two

14 Apr 2018        Newport County v Swindon Town             L              2-1          League Two

11 Sep 2018        Swindon Town v Newport County             W            1-0          Football League Trophy

08 Dec 2018        Swindon Town v Newport County             W            2-1          League Two

The Gaffer

Newport born and bred, Michael Flynn has a long relationship with the Club.

He began his Newport career as a teenager in the academy before breaking through to the first team and eventually earning a move to pro-football.  In 2012, Flynn returned to help fire the Club into the Football League with victory over Wrexham in the play-off final at Wembley.

After initially retiring from playing, he progressed through the roles of first team coach, academy manager, then (briefly and slightly bizarrely) Football and Business Development Director, before returning as a first team coach under then manager Graham Westley.

He re-signed as a player in January 2017 making his fourth debut for the Club in a 3-1 home win vs Hartlepool.

In March 2017, Michael Flynn was appointed the Club’s Caretaker Manager in the face of almost certain relegation from the Football League.  Cast 11 points adrift with 12 games to go, the rookie manager was tasked with nothing more than restoring fight and pride into the Club.  12 games later, he and the team had achieved what football pundits had deemed impossible and fought their way out of the relegation zone and retained their League Status in dramatic style.

On 9th May 2017, Michael Flynn was named as the Club’s permanent Manager.  

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Match Reports

REPORT: NEWPORT COUNTY 0-0 SWINDON TOWN

9 April 2019

Swindon were the better of the two sides in a goalless draw against Newport County at Rodney Parade.

The visiting Robins battle well against the aerial threat of the Exiles and created most chances but were ultimately thwarted by the heroics of Joe Day, in the Newport goal.

Day saved his side countless times including one incredible stop from point-blank range off of a Dion Conroy volley.

First Half

From the early exchanges, it looked like Swindon were in for a frantic affair – Newport kept them hemmed in for a tough opening ten minutes but the Robins’ back four held firm and Town worked themselves into the game.

It took until the 16th minute for the visitors to have their first shot – Kyle Bennett struck from 25 yards and after Joe Day palmed away his effort, Theo Robinson couldn’t react quick enough to guide the rebound goalwards.

Day had to be on his toes to thwart Town again as they grew into the game – just before the 20th minute Keshi Anderson crashed a free-kick at him that dipped and swerved but did not evade the Newport stopper.

And if skill couldn’t do it for the Robins, luck didn’t either – Ali Koiki looped a cross towards the back post which curled onto the crossbar and away.

Anderson looked the most likely in the first period to break the deadlock – with ten minutes left of the half, he spun away on the centre circle, beat four defenders but had his effort well saved, again, by Day.

On 39 minutes, it was the Town stopper, Luke McCormick who had to be on his guard – Robbie Willmott powered an effort towards the goal but McCormick got a strong hand on it and got it away.

Second Half

Swindon’s second-half only chance before the hour mark came when Kyle Bennett received the ball on the left, moved inside, sold a defender with a feint back before opening up his body and going for goal. Day was there to smother despite the distracting dive of Woolery as he looked to nick it away.

On the hour, Swindon had a huge chance – it was a matter of inches that stood between Danny Rose’s outstretched toe and the ball, and also a certain goal.

After a flowing and fast counter attack, Kyle Knoyle squared across goal but Rose couldn’t find contact. If he had, it was a certain goal.

Town’s best chance of the whole game came on 72 minutes – Dion Conroy rose at the back post and had his header cleared off the line. Conroy was first to the rebound and volleyed from close range to the near post but Newport’s goalkeeper, Day flicked his hand out and managed to perfectly tip round the post.

Swindon spent most of the rest of the game in the ascendency – Kyle Bennett had a shot that rustled the side-netting before substitute, Marc Richards headed off target to round off a tough draw. 

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