We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's League Two trip to Rodney Parade.
Newport County v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 28th January 2017
Newport County will seek their first win since November when they host Pools in this weekend’s Sky Bet League Two encounter at Rodney Parade.
Graham Westley was able to achieve a good reaction upon succeeding Warren Feeney as Exiles boss in October but results have been hard to come by since then.
The South Wales outfit have at least brought to an end a sequence of eight straight league defeats with draws against Colchester United and Barnet in recent weeks.
However, they remain bottom of the table and five points from safety so need to find a way of turning those draws in to wins if they are to climb towards safety.
Newport County hope to be able to call upon Sean Rigg this weekend as the versatile 28-year-old seeks to return after hamstring trouble.
Signed in the summer from AFC Wimbledon, Rigg has helped himself to five goals this season whilst operating up front, on the wing or in central midfield.
County will certainly be boosted if the former Bristol Rovers trainee is fit to feature as they look to climb away from the bottom of League Two.
Hartlepool United 2 (Featherstone 2, Amond 38)
Newport County 2 (Rigg 4, Parkin 27)
Saturday 27th August 2016
Pools: Carson, Richards, Bates (Donnelly 75), Nsiala (s/o 3), Carroll, Featherstone, Woods, Thomas, Alessandra, Paynter (Harrison 58), Amond (Hawkins 82).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Deverdics, Laurent, Oates.
Newport County: Day, Butler, Bignot, Bennett, Jones, Labadie (Tozer 64), Randall, Myrie-Williams (Compton 53), Parkin, Jackson (Barnum-Bobb 75), Rigg.
Subs not used: Bittner, Sheehan, Green, Owen-Evans.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the eighth competitive meeting between the two sides since Newport County’s return to the Football League in 2013.
Four of the last five meetings have finished in draws, while Newport County’s win in the first meeting in November 2013 is their only one in this fixture.
Kevin Johnson will take charge of his third Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our trip to Newport County.
His last Pools appointment came back in October 2015 when he was the man in the middle for our 2-1 defeat at Northampton Town, while he also oversaw our 2-1 defeat Cambridge United in October 2014.
Johnson’s most recent outing came on Monday 2nd January when he took charge of Swindon Town’s goalless draw with Southend United at The County Ground.
Pools PlayerHD will be providing full live commentary on Saturday’s game so if you can’t make it along to Rodney Parade then join us for coverage.
The live broadcast is available to Pools fans all over the world from 2.50pm so no matter where you are on the planet you can keep right up to date with the action.
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Tickets for this weekend’s game will be available prior to kick-off from the cash turnstile at Gate 6.
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Pools are rated at 2/1 for a victory at Rodney Parade this weekend, with hosts Newport installed as 13/10 favourites and the draw priced at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.