Tranmere Rovers will aim to break a four-game losing streak against Newport County when the sides meet at Prenton Park on Saturday.
Newport’s run against Tranmere includes a dominant 3-1 triumph earlier in March. The stakes are high for Rovers as they strive to turn the tide and secure a much-needed win to climb the league standings.
The away side will be raring to go following their FA Cup frustration. They went ahead with half-time approaching through Shane McLoughlinn and held on until the 89th minute when Danny Collinge headed in late on to earn a replay.
Tranmere managed to salvage a 2-2 draw against Mansfield Town on November 28, showing they have resilience. Newport also secured a draw in their last fixture against Barnet, setting the stage for an intriguing encounter this weekend. Tranmere are in 22nd place, whilst County sat 15th, adding an extra layer of intrigue to this upcoming battle.
Newport were unbeaten in November and are playing with confidence, Nigel Adkin’s side will be looking to take all three points away from home.
The visitors will have to watch out for Blackpool loanee Rob Apter who has scored five goals in his last five games in all competitions from the right flank.
But there’s plenty of attacking danger in Graham Coughlan’s side. Defenders will have to keep an eye on in-form Shane McLoughlin, who has five goals and three assists to his name in the league.
Despite McLoughlin’s form, Tranmere won’t want to forget about Newport’s top scorer Will Evans, who has 11 league goals to his name this season.
In their most recent encounter at Prenton Park, Tranmere were overwhelmed by the Exiles.
After 25 minutes, Aaron Wildig opened the score for the Welsh side, kicking off a dominant display. On-loan striker Charlie McNeill extended Newport’s lead with his debut goal.
Despite Tranmere’s Regan Hendry pulling one back with a late consolation goal, substitute Calum Kavanagh sealed the victory with a third for Newport.The focus for Tranmere will undoubtedly be on addressing defensive vulnerabilities that have proven costly in recent encounters. The task at hand is not only to neutralise Newport’s attacking prowess but also to capitalise on opportunities in front of goal.
The echoes of past defeats serve as motivation for Tranmere, making this Saturday’s clash a must-watch for fans eager to witness a potential turning point in the season.