Having completed something of a smash ‘n’ grab to win in injury time at Northampton for the first time in 40 years, City look to extend their 100% home league record with the visit of an old foe in the shape of Newport County. Paul Tisdale has a selection dilemma on his hands with David Wheeler and John O’Flynn catching the eye from the bench, both will be hoping to have done enough to earn a start. Alan Gow and Jimmy Keohane could make way should Tisdale decide to start with Wheeler and O’Flynn.
Newport, managed by Mark Knopfler lookalike Justin Edinburgh, have made a decent start to life “back” in the Football League after their previous incarnation departed the scene 25 years ago. Edinburgh has assembled a decent squad brimming with names familiar to watchers of League Two such as Danny Crow, Christian Jolley and of course the volatile Chris Zebroski. They made an excellent start with wins over Accrington and Brighton (in the Capital One Cup) but have now gone over a month since their last win when they beat Bristol Rovers 1-0. Last Saturday was one to forget for young loanee Tom Naylor, who single-handedly gifted Morecambe a 3-2 win with two own goals and conceding a penalty. Making a goalscoring debut was Billy Jones, the ex-City left back hoping to secure a long-term deal following his somewhat surprising release by Cheltenham last month, while in goal will be Lenny Pidgeley, who mainly warmed the bench during his time at City.
Unsurprisingly, the two sides have never met before. However, the “old” Newport and City were regular foes, City just edging the Football League head-to-head with 36 wins to Newport’s 33, with 25 matches ending in draws.
Ground Guide to St James Park: http://www.exeweb.com/2012/05/29/the-things-you-need-to-know-st-james-park-exeter/
Tisdale on Sam Parkin: http://www.exetercityfc.co.uk/news/article/tis-sam-helps-other-players-play-1065046.aspx
The thoughts of Newport County: http://www.newport-county.co.uk/index.php?cat=news&post=ecfc