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March 18, 2016

All the facts you need, ahead of Saturday’s game against Bristol Rovers at Rodney Parade.

(This article is an abridged version of the Newport County FC O.S. preview of the fixture.)


Looking at the visitors.

Bristol Rovers have had an extremely good season so far and have a very good opportunity to challenge for one of the automatic promotion places.

With ten games to go Bristol Rovers still have to play four out of the bottom five teams in the league and whilst there are no easy games in the division.

They will be hoping to pick up maximum points and overtake Plymouth Argyle into one of the three automatic promotion spaces into League One.

Matty Taylor is the one to watch with 19 goals in the season so far.

This goal tally is more than double of Rory Gaffney, the clubs second highest scorer who only has seven.


Form Guide :-

Newport County – W W D W L W L W D = 17 Points

Bristol Rovers – D L L W L W W W W = 16 Points


Upcoming Milestones :-

Medy Elito – 1 goal for 25 professional goals

Dean Morgan – 3 goals for 75 professional goals

Tom Meechan – 1 goal for 75 professional goals

Tommy O’Sullivan – 2 appearances for 25 professional appearances

Mark Byrne – 2 appearances for 300 professional appearances


Bristol Rovers’ record against Newport County :-

Played 3 Won 1 Drawn 0 Lost 2 Goals For 4 Goals Against 6

Saturday 24th October 2015 :- Bristol Rovers 1 – 4 Newport County (O.G 13’, Ansah 52’, 57’, O’Sullivan 75’)

Saturday 25th January 2014 :- Bristol Rovers 3 – 1 Newport County (Howe 57’)

Saturday 17th August 2013 :- Newport County 1 – 0 Bristol Rovers (Sandell 42’, Pen)


Last meeting between the sides :-

A brace for Zak Ansah helped Newport County record only their 3rd win of the season at the end of October when they won 4-1.

After beating Wycombe Wanderers earlier that week the victory for Newport County meant that they lifted themselves out of the relegation zone.

This meant Dagenham and Redbridge were in the drop zone and was the second game in a run of ten unbeaten for the Exiles.

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