Newport look to heap more misery on Forest Green

By Adam Murphy

Promotion-chasing Newport County travel to The New Lawn where they face a struggling Forest Green Rovers side.

The Gloucestershire-based team have only managed to pick up two points from their last five games which has left them sitting a point above the relegation zone. Newport lie outside the play-offs on goal difference. A win could see them rise to as high as third if other results go their way.

Rovers’ last result was a draw at Meadow Lane against second-place Notts County. Rovers led for over an hour before County struck in the last minute to sneak a late equaliser. Despite the late setback, manager mark Cooper was satisfied with the performance.

Forest Green will be without defender Manny Monthe as he is currently nursing a facial injury. However Reece Brown is set to return after a setback.

This is the Exiles’ best start to a league campaign since 1982 after a 2-0 win against Yeovil Town in their last match. The only criticism from the Exiles boss was that they didn’t score more than two goals. County will be looking to seal back to back wins which could fire them into the play-off places, or even the automatic promotion spots.

Newport will be without the services of left back Calaum Jahraldo-Martin who is currently nursing a hamstring problem. Robbie Millet is also unlikely to feature again with a knee injury. Goalkeeper James Bittner is suspended after being sent off from the bench at Crawley.

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