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21 March 2017

Match Previews


21 March 2017

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All the info ahead of tonight's match at Rodney Parade

The Hatters take on relegation threatened Newport County tonight as Nathan Jones’ team aim to move within three points of third placed Portsmouth.

The Exiles have renewed hope of retaining their place in the EFL, following the appointment of former player Mike Flynn after the departure of Graham Westley.

Two wins from three under their new boss have seen them move off the bottom of the table – at the expense of Leyton Orient – and should they pick up all three points tonight, they would move within four points of 22nd place.

They did fall to a defeat at home on Saturday however, as Gary Bowyer’s Blackpool ran out 3-1 winners.

The pitch at Rodney Parade has come under a lot of scrutiny this season, with the Town boss suggesting he will make changes from the draw to Exeter City.

Jones said: “We will make sure we set out our team to play the conditions. It might not be a fluent game, but it will be a hard-working game and a combative game and we have got to make sure we are right up there. We still have to play our own way, but we have to tweak certain elements and we have had to do that in recent weeks anyway.

“We are going there in a decent run of form, we need to pick up more wins and that’s down to a clinical edge because I think we have enough chances to win games.

“When I look at other teams that win games, they have far less chances than we do. I think we are in a decent place.

“We will probably have to tweak certain things, but we can’t detract too far because we can’t ask dogs to be cats overnight.”

The gaffer also said he expects to have near enough a full complement to choose from, with Johnny Mullins and Scott Cuthbert potentially returning to the fold.

“They have made good recoveries and we shouldn’t have far off a full squad to choose from,” said the Welshman. “We are going to need our players – especially our experienced players on Tuesday.”

Tonight’s match will be refereed by Charles Breakspear, who also took charge of the reverse fixture, in which he awarded the Town two penalties, as well as sending Johnny Mullins off. In total, the Surrey based ref has handed out 136 yellows and six red cards in 33 matches this term.

Hatters Player subscribers can listen in for Simon Pitts’ full match commentary, whilst the live wall will also be in action the LTFC website.

A huge thank you to those making the journey to Rodney Parade this evening, as always your support is greatly appreciated.

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