Our first away game of the new season takes Michael Flynn and his Walsall team back to his old stomping ground, Newport County’s Rodney Parade.
Newport County are managed by ex-Cardiff City coach James Rowberry who is in his first senior management post. He led the club to an 11th place finish in League Two last season after taking over from none other than Michael Flynn. They will be hoping to do better this time round.
The Exiles head into this game after an off-season that saw 9 departures including Padraig Amond and Kevin Ellison, and 10 arrivals, including Aaron Wildig on a free transfer from Morecambe and Omar Bogle from Hartlepool. Bogle scored Newport’s goal in their first fixture.
Pre-season for the club consisted of games against Welsh lower-league team Undy Athletic (a) (Won 7-0), Cardiff City (Lost 2-0), Weston-super-Mare (Won 4-0), Torquay United (Drew 0-0), and Forest Green Rovers (Drew 1-1).
Their only League Two fixture so far this season is:
30th July - Sutton United (A) - Drew 1-1
Now onto The Saddlers, and please be assured that your eyesight is perfectly fine.
Walsall Football Club head into this fixture in 1st place in League Two (trust me, your eyesight is fine), following an opening day 4-0 victory at the Poundland Bescot Stadium against Hartlepool United, in what is quite easily the best performance by a WFC team in at least 5 years, if not much longer.
This will be our first away trip of the campaign, and the team will be backed by over 600 supporters as we seek to take 6 points from our first 6 available, and confidence is sure to be brimming in the lead up to this fixture.
Hat-trick hero Danny Johnson will be hoping to add to his goal tally with another few here, and he currently has a MPG (minutes-per-goal) ratio of 1 goal every 25 minutes . Flynn was quoted this week as saying that in training on Friday, "he couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a handful of rice!”
I wouldn’t expect to see any changes from the starting XI against Hartlepool unless there are injuries throughout the week. Agree?
On the squad, the gaffer has said he is still after players so we might see a new face or two appear during the week, whilst we might see a departure or two in the coming weeks also.
If you’re going to the game, get some pictures in here for those who can’t attend, and have a great afternoon watching (hopefully) some more sexy football from The Saddlers
- Newport County Win
- Walsall Win