Let's start 2019 with a bang...
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- Onto the Game...
The Christmas period saw a mixed bag of results for Boro, with an impressive Boxing Day win at Colchester sandwiched by two defeats to Mansfield and Crewe.
Stevenage will look to head into 2019 in the same manner that they did into 2018, with three points at home on New Year’s Day.
Both sides have been going through a sticky patch of form of late, with identical last six records. Newport have won one, drawn one and lost four, as have Dino Maamria’s men.
Just past the midpoint of the campaign, Boro and the Exiles sit just one point apart in midtable, in twelfth and tenth respectively.
- One to Watch...
Padraig Amond is leading the way in goals scored for the Welsh side this season. With ten goals and five assists, the Exiles' number nine is on course to eclipse his total of 13 goals last season, after just 25 games so far this campaign.
Referee - Andy Haines
Assistant Referee 1 - George Byrne
Assistant Referee 2 - Callum Walchester
Fourth Official - Daniel Cook
- View from the Camp...
“No pressure on the players but I think if we have got a chance of catching up with the pack, we have got to win these games, especially at home," Maamria said.
“We should have got points from games like on Boxing Day. We are higher than them in the table and on a good day we are better than them but we must be on a good day all the time.
“We can’t win games at 70%, we must be 90% plus to win football games and that is my message to the players.”
- Form Guide...
- Head to Head...
Stevenage boast an encouraging record over Newport County, with five wins from nine games against the Welsh side. However, earlier this season Antoine Semenyo's last-gasp strike saw Micky Flynn's side bag all three points, as Stevenage will look to seek revenge on home soil.
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