FA CUP PREVIEW: Newport County AFC (H)

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The O’s will kickstart their FA Cup journey this weekend, as they welcome the fourth tier’s league-leaders Newport County to the Breyer Group Stadium.

Following a closely fought 2-1 defeat to Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night, Ross Embleton’s men will look to dust themselves down ahead of their home fixture this weekend.

OPPOSITION

The Exiles have certainly had a tremendous campaign thus far and Newport can accredit a large amount of their success to a number of their new additions.

Michael Flynn’s side has welcomed eleven signings to the Rodney Parade and loanee Scott Twine is just one of many who have joined and have hit the ground running.

The 21-year-old from Swindon Town has been one of the Exiles’ key performers, with the highest average rating of 7.52 on WhoScored.

Operating from the centre of the park, Twine has been the beating heart of the Newport midfield and has recorded exemplary statistics across his ten appearances this season.

Alongside two others, Twine is one of the front runners in the goal-scoring charts, as he’s converted three goals this year. In addition to this, Twine averages 3.4 shots per game and has also contributed with two assists.

Former O Tristan Abrahams, who left Orient in 2017 for Norwich City, signed a permanent deal with Newport County last year and has certainly discovered his goal-scoring form out in Wales.

Much like Twine, Abrahams has netted three times and has also turned provider on two occasions.

As mentioned previously, Newport currently sit top of League Two and are two points ahead of a second-placed Cambridge United. Prior to their Tuesday night hiccup against Carlisle United, the Exiles were unbeaten in five and kept two clean sheets.

Nevertheless, Michael Flynn’s men suffered a 3-2 defeat on Tuesday and the Exiles’ manager spoke honestly in his post-match interview.

“I think the best team won,” Flynn admitted. “I know we were a lot better in the second half, but they probably should have been 3-0 up by half-time if I’m being totally honest.”

FROM THE DUGOUT

Looking ahead now to the FA Cup fixture this weekend, Embleton spoke of his excitement to face Newport and discussed potential rotations in the squad.

“It’s a game we want to win,” Embleton told Dave Victor. “We’re really looking forward to going up against Newport. Like tonight, they’ll be a team that will probably finish towards the top end of the league.

“So, I’m really excited to put my team out against Newport to really have a good go.”

The Head Coach also added: “There will be an opportunity to freshen a few people up and give them an opportunity to play, but it won’t be full, wholesale changes.”

FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

With the FA Cup’s First Round tie this weekend, Josh Wright spoke passionately about his admiration for the FA Cup in Tuesday’s post-match interview.

HOW TO FOLLOW

To make sure you don’t miss any of the action from Saturday’s FA Cup tie, Orient TV Passes are now available for purchase on the club website.

Please note, Season Card Holders do not have this game included as part of their Season Card entitlements.

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