ewport County must yet again switch their attention to league duties after an incredible cup performance as they follow up their well-earned victory against Middlesbrough with a tough home fixture against Mansfield Town.
Mike Flynn's men completely played the Teessiders off the park on Tuesday night, giving fans, staff and players a further memory that will live with them forever. But attention quickly turns to a side who, with one of the biggest budgets in League Two, have gone on a run of just two defeats in twenty games. This has seen them rise to second in the table, two points behind Lincoln City, having played a game more.
But manager Mike Flynn thinks that his players have more than enough in them after Tuesday to give more than a good fight. He said before the game, "They've got the adrenaline going through them to carry them through the next couple of weeks. Coming up against one of the biggest teams in the league, it's going to be a tough, tough game."
The home side, refreshingly, came through the 'Boro game with no new injury concerns. Fraser Franks is back in training and Ade Azeez is looking stronger but these might be more in line for a Tuesday appearance.
The Stags, however, have numerous blights on their treatment table. Ben Turner, Lewis Gibbens, Hayden White, Jordan Graham, Craig Davies and Bobby Olejnik will all miss out on the trip to South Wales.
County must continue the momentum generated by such a huge win if they are to get themselves back into the play-off picture; their recent poor form, particularly away from home, has seen them slip ten points from 7th place and with their game in hand on teams around them being against MK Dons on Tuesday night, the push must begin this weekend.
Flynn echoed this point, stating before Saturday's game, "The level of performance they played on Tuesday night was one of the best I've them produce. It is a marker for them now that they need to carry on those level for the rest of the season because it's not a one-off, they've shown it on several occasions."
The team will be further boosted by the fact that long-serving winger Robbie Willmott has extended his contract with Newport to the end of the 2020/21 season. The former shelf-stacker said of the signing, "I am very happy to get it all done. I love it here and I think that shows with the number of appearances I've made for the club."
He added, "I am looking forward to playing much more for Newport and with this current very talented squad, hopefully making more memories like we did on Tuesday night."
Prediction: Newport County 1-1 Mansfield Town
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