“Then we have got to go and win a game of football. It doesn’t matter if it is Graham Westley, Terry Venables or Chris Wilder. We have got to make sure our focus is on winning that football match and not the hoorah around a returning manager etc etc.
Newport manager Graham Westley: "We’ve been busy in the market this week and we’ll be busy again before the weekend, making sure that we give ourselves a different set of ingredients to start working with at the start of the second half of the season."
"I’ve been back to Stevenage a couple of times now, having left there...on both occasions I’ve got a good rapport with the fans at Stevenage. They’re a terrific bunch, we’ve had great times together and I’m sure there’s a healthy respect between they and I. You can’t enjoy all those good times together and not have that respect."
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Newport's season so far...
Newport come into this game bottom of Sky Bet League 2 with 17 points from 23 games so far.
A poor start to the campaign saw one win in the opening nine games which cost former boss Warren Feeney his job. In came Graham Westley and despite some early defeats, the Exiles soon went on a seven game unbeaten run in all competitions, which included five wins. However since the end of November they have failed to pick up any league points, losing seven straight games and also suffering FA Cup second round replay defeat to Plymouth, despite an encouraging goalless draw at Home Park
It's worth noting, however, that three of Newport's four league wins this season have come away from home at Leyton Orient (1-0), Accrington Stanley (1-0) and Notts County (3-0). They've also collected draws at Colchester (0-0) and Hartlepool (2-2).
Newport's recent results
Wycombe 2-1 Newport
Newport 1-4 Exeter City
Newport 2-3 Portsmouth
Newport 0-1 Plymouth (FA Cup R2 replay)
Crawley 3-1 Newport
Newport 0-2 Stevenage
Plymouth 0-0 Stevenage (FA Cup R2)
Betting with Sky Bet:
Stevenage are 5/4
for the win on Saturday afternoon with Sky Bet
Ben Kennedy has been in fine form recently and he is 5/1
to be the first goalscorer, whilst the returning Tyler Walker is 9/1
to score a brace.
Stevenage won 2-0 at Newport last month and a repeat of that scoreline is 10/1
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