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PREVIEW: Newport County (A)

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Orient travel to south Wales on Saturday to take on last season’s League Two Play-Off finalists, Newport County.

The O’s will look to build on last weekend’s 2-0 win against Bradford, with goals coming from Ruel Sotiriou and Harry Smith. Kenny Jackett will be without Cypriot duo Sotiriou and Hector Kyprianou, who are away on international duty. The Orient manager did bring in reinforcements through the week; new signings Alex Mitchell and Callum Reilly will both be available for selection.

Paul Smyth, Dan Happe and Adam Thompson are set to miss the journey to Wales through injury.

THE EXILES

Newport come in to the season looking to bounce back from last season’s Play-Off Final defeat to Morecambe, their second Play-Off Final defeat in three seasons. Exiles boss Michael Flynn is into his fifth season in charge, having done a remarkable job of saving the club from relegation and transforming them into promotion contenders. Flynn has also led his side to impressive FA Cup runs, including wins over Leicester City and Leeds United and made it to the fifth round where they lost to Manchester City.

The Exiles have strengthened their squad over the summer as they look to push for promotion again, with additions including defender James Clarke from Walsall, midfielder Ed Upson from Bristol Rovers and striker Alex Fisher from Exeter City.

It has been a mixed start to the season for Flynn’s team, who have been forced to play all of their games away from Rodney Parade due to issues with the pitch. They come into their first home game of the season against Orient, following two wins and two defeats and they will be looking to respond after last week’s disappointing 3-0 defeat against Salford.

KEY PLAYER

New signing Ed Upson brings Championship experience to the Exiles as they look to go one step further from last season and achieve promotion to League One. Upson played a key role in Yeovil Town’s shock promotion to the Championship in 2013 helping the Glovers beat Brentford at Wembley in the Play-Off Final. His performances in the Championship caught the eye of many and in January of his first season in the second division he was sold to Millwall, where he played 68 games across two and a half seasons. Despite suffering relegation with Millwall in 2015, Upson stayed at The Den for another season and helped the Lions reach the Play-Off Final before suffering defeat to Barnsley. He then moved to MK Dons for two seasons before then making the switch to Bristol Rovers.

KENNY JACKETT

Kenny Jackett’s thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Newport County

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Leigh Doughty

Assistants: Jonathan Hunt and Craig Taylor

Fourth Official: Scott Tallis

Leigh Doughty officiated 25 matches last year, the majority in The Championship. The ref booked 81 players, sent-off four and awarded four penalties, last season.

He last refereed an O’s fixture back in January 2020, when Crewe Alexandra defeated Orient.

HOW TO FOLLOW

If you want to keep up to date with the action from Rodney Parade, Orient Live has both audio and video packages available. The game will be streamed worldwide for just £10.

To view packages available to you, click here.

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