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Match Preview: Newport County

25 February 2022

After a tricky run for Micky Mellon’s side, attentions have quickly turned to the trip to south Wales as Rovers take on Newport County in Sky Bet League Two.

A very late equaliser from Jamie Proctor prevented Rovers from taking all three points last time out as we had to settle for a point at Prenton Park.

Newport are suffering from a dip in form, seeing no win from their last four games with their previous two results both being draws against Oldham Athletic and Mansfield Town respectively.

With County sitting just one place and one point behind the play-off places, the Welsh side will be a tough test for Micky Mellon’s side at the weekend.

Team News:

Jay Spearing and Paul Glatzel both remain sidelined through injury. A clean bill of health otherwise for Micky Mellon to choose from.

One to Watch: Dom Telford

Born in Lancashire, Newport Striker Dom Telford has been in fine form this season particularly in league action. 

The former Bury and Plymouth striker has got 22 goals and an assist in 23 league appearances so far this season.

With four goals in his last five games, Telford will be full of confidence heading into the big clash on Saturday afternoon, hoping to add to his already fantastic tally as the season enters the business end of the campaign.

Manager: James Rowberry

He began his coaching career at a fairly early age of 29 when he became one of the youngest coaches to gain his UEFA Pro Licence qualification.

After featuring as a coach at Cardiff City, he was appointed permanent manager of his hometown club in mid-October 2021 whilst County sat 13th in Sky Bet League Two.

He has since mounted a play-off charge for the Welsh side and has picked up some impressive wins during his relatively new tenure.

Match Coverage:

Live commentary is available on iFollow for just £2.50 by clicking here.

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

Facebook: @trfcofficial 

Instagram: @tranmererovers 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.

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Match Reports

Newport County 4-2 Tranmere Rovers

26 February 2022

Tranmere Rovers suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Newport County at Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon.

A temporary Rovers comeback in the second half wasn’t enough to stave off leaving empty handed after a disappointing performance.

It was a cagey opening first half with plenty of high balls into both boxes. Dom Telford lofted a cross to the back post which was met by Cameron Norman who headed into the arms of Ross Doohan.

Tranmere’s first real chance came after Kieron Morris drove forward and won a free kick of the edge of the box. Calum MacDonald could only hit the wall with his effort though.

The home side had a good chance of their own not long after. Street picked up a loose ball in the Rovers half and forced Doohan into a save down to his left with a drilled shot from the edge of the box.

The second half started in disastrous circumstances for Rovers as Newport broke the deadlock. Lewis found space on the left side of the box and expertly curled beyond Doohan into the far corner.

Just eight minutes later and County had a penalty. Calum MacDonald mis-timed his tackle, which looked suspiciously like it was outside of the box. Dom Telford stepped up to convert from 12 yards.

On the 66th minute, Rovers halved the deficit. Josh Dacres-Cogley continued his forward run from the right and his left footed snapshot went pass Townsend and into the corner.

Tranmere had the momentum and drew level in the 85th minute. Kieron Morris found a pocket of space on the edge of the box and unleashed a shot which deflected into the far corner to bring the score to 2-2.

With Rovers looking to go for the win, it was the home side who took control once again. Finn Azaz was given too much time on the edge of the box and curled into the top right corner, out of the reach of Doohan.

Chasing an equaliser, Tranmere conceded a 4th deep into injury time. Alex Fisher broke the offside trap and forced a save out of Doohan but Telford was on hand to tap into en empty goal and round off the scoring at 4-2.

Tranmere team: Doohan, Dacres-Cogley, Davies, Clarke, MacDonald, Hawkes (Foley 65’), O’Connor, Warrington, Morris, Hemmings, Nevitt

Unused subs: Murphy, Knight-Percival, Merrie, McPake, Jolley

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