After last week’s exhilarating 1-5 victory away at Morecambe, Rovers will look for another win, to kick off their winning run again.
Team news has come in, and Harry Middleton looks a doubt for Saturday, after picking up a tight hamstring. Baudry, McSheffrey and Keegan have all taken part in training this week, but won’t be involved on Saturday most likely.
Riccardo Calder would look to be the favourite to replace Middleton in midfield, as he came on during the second half, and he did impress me, but maybe could do with some work on communication, because he did mis-place some of his passes.
In my opinion, this would be make or break for Calder, because if he puts in a good shift he’s going to cause selection headaches for Ferguson – especially with players returning from injury – but if he doesn’t take advantage of this opportunity, players, such as, Gary McSheffrey and Paul Keegan will be pushing for their places back in the squad.
Craig Alcock has had a setback after picking up a, ‘niggle’, which will see him out for an extra week, and Niall Mason and Frazer Richardson, have began some training this week, but don’t look like they’ll be involved this Saturday either.
With all three right-backs out, Matty Blair looks like he’ll retain his place at right-back instead of winger, but that doesn’t concern me too much, because he performed immaculately on Saturday, and quite literally didn’t put a foot wrong.
Ferguson has said, however that there are, ‘still things [he] wants to improve’ on before facing Newport County this weekend, so it’ll be interesting to see what these improvements are.
Newport have had a steady start to their season, and haven’t set the league on fire in their first seven games, but they have only lost just as many as Rovers have this season, 2.
They’ve drawn their last three games, and scored in all three too, and with Rovers scoring 10 goals in their last 3 games, winning two of them games, it surely must be a game full of goals, right?
Now, it has been a while (and when I say a while, I mean a WHILE) since we last faced Newport, dating back to 1987 in League division three, where Rovers lost 0-1.
Hopefully this time round, Rovers can revenge 29 years later with a victory!
Predicted lineup v Newport County:
Marosi; Blair, Wright, Butler, Evina; Houghton, Calder, Coppinger, Rowe; Marquis and Williams.