Case in Point
DEREK Adams is making a point of not thinking too much about Newport County's current Sky Bet League 2 tally.
Although Newport have only drawn one and lost three of their opening fixtures, Derek was keen to emphasise the importance to take the Welsh side seriously ahead of the clash between the two on Saturday.
He said: "It'll definitely not be easy because Newport were unfortunate not to have taken something from the game against Leyton Orient.
"We have to use what we've been doing well and try and counteract their strengths and look at the weaknesses they have in their team."
Adams has noticed that Newport have played 3-5-2 for a majority of the season so far and spoke about what he witnessed when he watched their game against Leyton Orient on Saturday: "They were two goals down and then came back to 2-2, they've done really well in the game and were probably unfortunate not to come away with a better result."
A familiar face will be on show at Home Park, as Zak Ansah will be in-line for just his second Newport appearance. Zak was loaned to the Greens in 2015 and will be remembered for his superb goal in the Sky Bet league 2 play-off final against Wycombe Wanderers. Speaking about Ansah playing for the opposition this time at Home Park, Adams said: "He's very energetic, quick and looks to run in behind, so we'll have to be aware of that. He'll obviously look forward to coming back here and meeting up with some of the players he was with last season."
The Green Army will be anxiously awaiting news on the fitness of Gregg Wylde and Reuben Reid. Reid limped off early in last Saturday's win at Northampton, while Wylde was withdrawn at half-time after picking up a knock. Derek is hopeful they may be available for the visit of the Exiles.
"They've shown a lot of progress actually and we're happy with the way they're recovering," said Derek."Gregg's been fantastic since he's come here, he's got good pace, he's scored two goals already, he's had a number of assists as well so we're happy with him."
Fear not though, if the two should be ruled out for the weekend, the manager knows he has enough talent in his squad to do a job in a green shirt. "We've shown that over the last few games and in pre-season that we've got a number of players that can come in and do well for us.
"We're in good shape and ready for Saturday."