Newport (H) Match Preview

United’s League Cup victors head to the Abbey on Saturday, where Bonner has a bit of a selection headache.

Having seen Harvey Knibbs and Harry Darling both get on the scoresheet midweek, there’s a good shout that one, if not both of them should start on Saturday, with the U’s having drawn blanks in their last two League fixtures. Darling should walk into the team in place of Cundy, but assuming he’s sticking with 4-4-2 it’s not obvious who Knibbs would replace, with Mullin being the most natural goalscorer at the club, but Ironside working hard and creating chances this year. It could be that a switch in tactics is what’s needed, possibly with Knibbs or Mullin leading the line allowing Wes a free role and slotting El Mizouni into the eleven.

The only long-term injury doubt remains Liam O’Neil and Bonner has said they’re looking to bring in another face to the squad before the window closes, although he’s not looking to add anyone else (sorry, Kwesi fans). The three central defenders we’re looking to carry us through to at least January when I guess the board will have a better picture of how the season is shaping up and whether it’s worth the additional expenditure.

Newport beat us in the League Cup last month, and ran Newcastle close losing narrowly on penalties. They play us off the back of three League wins against Barrow, Bolton and Mansfield, but lost heavily to a Norwich U21’s in the EFL Farce Trophy Tuesday night.

Familiar faces remain as they were earlier in the season, defenders Kyle Howkins and Mickey Demetriou and Robbie Willmott all having served their time in the Amber & Black.

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