ike Flynn takes his depleted squad to Crawley Town tomorrow in the hope they can extend their unbeaten run to seven in all competitions and remain in the top three.
County will be without the injured Robbie Willmott who has "very bad bruising" on his leg after a 50/50 tackle in last weekend's last-gasp victory over Stevenage. Boss Flynn has reassured us however that it is not as serious as originally thought and his recovery will be "weeks rather than months." Tyreeq Bakinson is also a doubt after he suffered a dead leg in another 50/50 tackle in the same game.
Flynn acknowledged that the diminishing of the squad is something that isn't conducive to helping a team continue to make strides. He said "You need the luck with not having any injuries. I think Accrington were able to keep the same squad for 30 games which is incredible. It's something we're going to need for the rest of the season."
Mike looked ahead to both away games County have in the space of three days: "I could do without the game on Tuesday to be honest but we've just got to worry about Crawley first on Saturday and then we'll have to look at Tuesday after that."
Crawley Town host County while sitting a credible 10th position in the table, having already secured an away win at Lincoln this season but have lost three of their last five league matches, including a 3-1 reverse against Colchester United last time out. Top scorer Ollie Palmer has notched seven goals this season and will undoubtedly be the one that the back line will look to keep quiet.
Flynny demonstrated caution towards Crawley under their new regime after Harry Kewell left in September to join Notts County: "A couple of early wins at the start [under new manager Gabriele Ciofi] has helped things but they're a side who can beat anyone on their day - they proved that when they went to Lincoln. It's a game that we're going there for the three points."
County will travel to the Broadfield Stadium in fine spirits after last weekend's stoppage-time victory last weekend, but the depth of the squad is definitely going to be tested. Being one of the smaller squads in the league (only six substitutes were named for the Stevenage game), it is very difficult to remain at the top of their game when injuries come along, let alone those of key players. This will likely be a very tight game, but I suspect County will have enough quality to overcome the Red Devils. The key will be getting the job done and coming through the game unscathed ahead of Tuesday night's trip to Bury.
Prediction: Crawley Town 0-1 Newport County
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