ounty travel to MK Dons this Saturday, seeking to make it back-to-back wins on the road for the first time since the early September. Due to the re-arranged game as a result of adverse weather, this is the second meeting between the sides in just 11 days.
In his pre-match press conference, manager Mike Flynn addressed his side's away form this season and the 4-1 victory over Notts County on Tuesday night. He said, "Because the performances have been decent, we knew we wouldn't be far away. If we were going places and losing two or three-nil, not creating much and getting outplayed, that's when you get concerned. Credit to the players and the staff, they've been able to turn it round."
It has been a particularly busy period for the Exiles; Saturday's game is already the seventh game they have played this month. Flynn was quick to point out the positivity surrounding the players, stating, "The mentality is right, the physical conditioning is right. We're just going to need to keep going and grind out results for the rest of the season."
On the game at Stadium:MK itself, Flynn looked ahead by saying, "We're going to have to be resolute. We're going to have to be 100% focussed for the entire match - no sloppy starts, no sloppy finishes, no sloppy in-betweens. We've got to be concentrated fully."
He continued, "They're a very good team. We outplayed them not so long ago and they beat us; that goes to show how mentally tough they are, they keep going to the end. And they went and backed it up with a win at Carlisle so they've had a good week and they're right in the automatic promotion push so they'll be full of confidence, looking to do the double on us and we'll be looking to avenge what was a tough one to take [the 1-0 defeat a couple of weeks ago]."
On the injury front, Flynn said, "Joss will have a scan today (Friday); I don't think he'll be available for Saturday which is a blow because we were starting to think he was getting back to his all-action best." It remains unclear if Fraser Franks will retain his place after his withdrawal on Tueday night which saw his ankle strapped with ice.
This game is a particularly interesting one for County. It will answer the question of if Flynny's men have really turned a corner when it comes to away matches; Tuesday's win was over the Football League's basement side, after all. Having struck the woodwork four times in the reverse fixture, County certainly overpowered the Dons and will be looking to repeat that performance but be far more efficient in front of goal. They have the capabilities; the frontline of Matt and Amond has 37 goals between them plus goals from elsewhere make the Exiles dangerous but they can't afford another slip if they are to make a serious run at the play-offs.
Prediction: MK Dons 2-2 Newport County