Newport County will aim to continue their rich vein of form against newly-promoted Macclesfield Town tomorrow night as the Cheshire side visit Rodney Parade holding up the rest of the League Two table.
Mike Flynn's side go into tomorrow night's game riding on the crest of a wave, having tasted victory in each of their last three outings in all competitions, the latest being the remarkable turnaround against Cambridge United on Saturday in which they were able to overturn a two-goal deficit to run out comfortable 4-2 winners.
Despite so many positives, and while some sections of their supporters are calling the club 'a laughing stock,' Flynn is keen to exercise caution over the Exiles' next counterparts. Following Saturday's win, he said of the Silkmen, "Macclesfield will be wanting to get off the mark. There's no easy game in this league, believe me. They will be hurting, they'll be hungry to end their winless run."
Mark Yates' side also came from behind to record a creditable 1-1 draw with play-off placed Forest Green at Moss Rose and could have snatched a winner were it not for the referee changing his decision to give a penalty in the last 10 minutes. This followed an 8-0 thumping at West Ham in Carabao Cup action in midweek, their worst defeat as a Football League club.
The former Kidderminster and Cheltenham midfielder's side still remain the only side in the division without a league win from their ten league games.
Such a poor run can often make a team more dangerous to play, as it could be very easy to overlook the opposition and end up on the wrong side of a reverse, a point that Padraig Amond was keen to point out. He said, "They are due to win a game in League Two eventually so if we take them lightly we'll get turned over, it's as simple as that. We can't start the way we did today because we won't get away with it again."
Frontman Amond will be buoyed by his goal against Cambridge on Saturday; his first strike since scoring against the same opposition in the Carabao Cup in August. He said "I'm obviously very pleased to have scored to get us back level. It was a great time to score, just after half time, because with the goal before the break it changed the momentum of the game and it's put us on our way to the victory."
County will be without defender Mark O'Brien, who went down injured in the opening minutes against Cambridge on Saturday; his hamstring injury is likely to keep him out for next Saturday's trip to Forest Green as well. Andrew Crofts also remains sidelined with his achilles injury, alongside midfielder Matt Dolan.
Prediction: Newport County 2-1 Macclesfield Town
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