Newport County (A) Tue November 24th, 7pm

"At Severn’s mouth …
Scenes dear to memory …
The voice of Ebbw in his lovely park"


In our last five League 2 games we’ve scored two goals; we’ve contrived to lose at home to basket-case Southend United, and then surrendered to Cheltenham Town. Just when you think “it can’t get any worse” we have an away fixture at League 2 leaders Newport County who sit 3 points clear of said Cheltenham Town, with a game in hand (to add insult to injury). This is the Newport County who, it should be noted, went through such a dire financial crisis in the 1980’s that they suffered a double relegation costing them their Football League place in 1988 and went out of business in February 1989. Manager Michael Flynn has evidently got them singing from the same uncomplicated hymn sheet, with an impressive goal difference of +10 (20 scored, 10 conceded), and a glance at their current League 2 form will illustrate the magnitude of our task on Tuesday:-

October 20th Stevenage (A) Won 0-1
October 24th Bradford City (A) Won 0-3
October 27th Colchester United (H) Won 2-1
October 31st Harrogate Town (H) Won 2-1
November 3rd Carlisle United (A) Lost 3-2
November 21st Port Vale (H) Won 1-0

It’s not necessary to be a mathematical genius to spot the disparity between ourselves and The Exiles - as stated above we have scored twice in our most recent 5 League 2 games, whereas they’ve found the net 10 times. More worryingly (in a way) there seems to be a complete absence of pointers towards any upturn in our performances - we just aren’t scoring goals (not even from the occasional free shot known as a penalty), and at the same time we are remarkably generous in gifting goals to the opposition (and if that looks unlikely well, what the hell, we will score for them).

Darrell Clarke will, I feel sure, have been made aware of the fans’ antipathy surrounding our current state. It remains to be seen whether that groundswell of opinion will lead to any tangible change in his approach to what would seem to be a lost cause as far as this fixture is concerned. We wait to see if players can be placed in their most effective positions rather than stuck out on the wing (for example), and perhaps it might be good to see if Rose can organise the defence if given the chance - after all, we really do have nothing to lose, do we?

Prediction? Let’s see just how wrong I can be … the normal practice is to be as optimistic as possible (I even thought we might scrape a 1-1 scoreline at Cheltenham) but this match appears to offer nothing other than a defeat, so observing the reality of the situation we have to be looking at a 2-0 home win if we can get away with it.



Minimum 2-0 home win. Can’t see where our next result is coming from with the way we’re playing lately.

Kevin Ellison scored the winner for them yesterday, not bad for a 61 year old!

Being serious, huge respect for the career he’s had. Was excellent at Morecambe for many seasons.


Can only see it being a miserable night for us, 2-0 defeat. Them scoring more goals than we have shots on target is a possibility, against ■■■■■■■ Newport. Just how has it gone so wrong…

I’ve been a big defender of Roberts but he has to be dropped. There’s more to goal keeping than shot stopping, he hasn’t improved any other area of his game at all. I totally get what people say when they talk about bigger clubs scouting him because if you watch a reel of his saves he must look some player, but he’ll be a total flop, even at this level if he doesn’t improve.

As for the rest of the ten … who ■■■■■■■ cares. Put them in a hat and draw them out, there can’t be many combinations we haven’t already tried :man_shrugging:


We will lose this one aswell, didnt bother watching Cheltenham game and won’t bother watching this, hopefully get more than 1 shot on target

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Routine 0-3 Tuesday night defeat at home.

Ain’t we away?

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That’s what I meant :crazy_face:


Doesn’t matter anyway mate we still start with 2 defensive mids :rofl:


I paid again saturday to watch the game , against my better judgement (and so dearly wished I hadn’t after ) and after being ripped off by ifollow , who still haven’t answered numerous emails regarding them charging me for a home game the bastards , I said enough is enough .

No more away games shall I pay for , but even now I have put a reminder on my phone for an early kick off Tuesday 7 pm so no doubt will cave in again to watch my team I love knowing full well we will produce a performance I’m going to be disappointed in .

Oh to be a turn coat and glory hunter … :disappointed:


The good news is that Alfie Bates’ suspension is now done so he’s pickable again to beef up the midfield, and Clarke junior is over his injury so is a shoo in for the defence. :roll_eyes:


That’s a relief

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I will now sleep soundly tonight :+1:t2:

Our only hope is that Newport have had 6 straight wins at home and it could mean they are due to drop a point or two. 0-0 is the best we can hope for.

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Saddlers win 3-1, two dodgy pens and an own goal do it for us, with a Robert’s master class at the back.

Pomlett gets some sausage & chips in at Michael Wood services for the lads on the way back.

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About time we broke someone else’s run. 0-7. Match abandoned on 70 minutes due to waterlogged pitch from tears of frustration of Newport players who can’t get the ball.

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1-0 win.

Then 0-3 v Stevenage.

3-0 loss cant see us getting anything out of this on current form

Same here Killer, Scarr to get on the scoresheet with his first ever hat trick, unfortunately in the wrong net.

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