Match Preview: v Newport County (A) Match Preview: v Newport County (A)

Match Preview: v Newport County (A)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Newport County.
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After opening the campaign with a thoroughly-deserved thumping of Hartlepool United - a match which saw on-loan Mansfield Town man Danny Johnson grab a debut hat-trick - attention turns to Saturday's meeting with Newport County and a chance to earn the first win over the Exiles in many, many years.

Opponents Newport opened their campaign with a bounce-back draw away to Sutton United and will be keen to grab the first win of the season as soon as possible, not to mention take the opportunity to get one over on former boss, Michael Flynn.

The gaffer will no doubt have his side amped up for their trip to Rodney Parade, with many players having a superb debut to build upon, and what better way to add to it by showing the opposition just what they're missing!

The Saddlers remain without the services of Oisin McEntee, Joss Labadie, Joe Riley, and Conor Wilkinson, but will be able to offer a debut to newest signing Tom Knowles, the now former Yeovil Town attacker who made the move to WS1 on Wednesday afternoon.

Knowles, who is a keen runner in attack, adds another welcome option to an almost overflowing Saddlers frontline, a sentence we've not been able to even think about for quite some time.

Walsall and Newport County have met on sixty-eight previous occasions and it's the Exiles who hold an overall Head-to-Head lead having won on twenty-seven previous occasions compared to the Saddlers' twenty-three.

There have also been eighteen draws over the fixture's history, a history which began at Fellows Park on Saturday, 8th October 1927 as the two sides met in a Division Three (South) clash which Newport won by three goals to nil.

The EFL has confirmed that Alan Young, who is based in Cambridgeshire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Mark Derrien and Marvyn Amphlett have been named assistant referees. Daniel Lamport will act as Fourth Official.

Referee Young is yet to take charge of a competitive game this season but issued some seventy-six yellow cards across nineteen games last season. He also produced the red card on four occasions and pointed to the spot six times.
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