‘Steve­nage’s eight-goal de­feat won’t im­pact game’

South Wales Echo - - Sport -

NEW­PORT County will look to con­sol­i­date their place in the top three as they en­ter­tain Steve­nage in SkyBet League Two to­day (3pm).

The Ex­iles are cur­rently third in the league ta­ble level on points with Ex­eter City, three ahead of MK Dons and four be­hind lead­ers Lin­coln City.

But they wel­come an­other pro­mo­tion-chasing out­fit in Steve­nage to Rod­ney Pa­rade.

The ‘Boro are just three points be­hind Mike Flynn’s men but head to south Wales af­ter a hu­mil­i­at­ing 8-0 thrash­ing at the hands of League One out­fit Charl­ton Ath­letic in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy on Tues­day.

How­ever, Flynn doesn’t be­lieve that will have any im­pact on to­day’s re­sult.

“He made nine changes look­ing for­ward to the New­port game and I’ll take it as a com­pli­ment if he thinks he needed to rest that many for Satur­day,” said Flynn.

“It’s never nice los­ing by that amount at home but Dino is switched on enough to know that the league is their bread and but­ter and they’ll be com­ing here for the three points at the week­end.”

Steve­nage boss Dino Maam­ria is a name fa­mil­iar to the club fol­low­ing his stint as as­sis­tant man­ager un­der Gra­ham West­ley.

Flynn also worked along­side Maam­ria as part of West­ley’s coach­ing staff and knows what he will bring to the ta­ble.

“He’s very hard work­ing and very thor­ough in how he does things and he’s got that de­ter­mi­na­tion that he wants to do well,” said Flynn, who beat Maam­ria to Septem­ber’s man­ager of the month award.

“They are his qual­i­ties and we’ve just got to make sure that our qual­i­ties on the pitch are bet­ter than his.”

County’s record against Steve­nage makes for grim read­ing with only one win in eight since their re­turn to the Foot­ball League in 2013.

“There are go­ing to be teams you strug­gle against but I don’t think that’ll be the case,” Flynn added.

“Watch­ing the boys in train­ing and see­ing how fo­cused they are, I know they’ll be up for it.”

Matty Dolan could be in line for a first ap­pear­ance since County’s 1-0 win over Tran­mere Rovers af­ter mak­ing the bench last week­end while Jamille Matt will hope to keep his place af­ter five goals in his last four games.

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