Argyle v Newport - Reasons to be Cheerful

AHEAD of Newport County's visit to Home Park on Saturday, Haden Tye takes a look at some good omens...

Thirty Years of Hurt
Newport haven't won at Home Park since April 20, 1984, nearly 31 years ago. Luke McCormick is the only player that started Argyle's 2-0 defeat at Dagenham on Tuesday that would have been born by that date. Argyle have won twice and drawn once in their last three home matches against Newport.

The Catalyst For Success
In the same season of Newport's last win at Home Park, they were also casualties of Argyle's best ever FA cup run. It took a late Tommy Tynan penalty to salvage a 2-2 draw at Home Park against Newport, before Argyle won 1-0 at Newport's old Somerton Park, courtesy of an Andy Rogers goal.  

Argyle turned over a first division West Bromwich Albion side despite being in the third division at the time. Argyle also beat Derby County, before losing out in the semi-final at Villa Park, where a plucky Argyle side were unfortunate to lose to Watford.

Could victory over Newport once again inspire Argyle, and help us secure a play-off spot?

Eight out of 10 stats
Argyle have won seven of their last nine matches that have played on March 21. Some of the best March 21 results for the Pilgrims include: a 5-1 away victory at Portsmouth in 1978; a 5-0 demolition of Grimsby Town in 1987; and a 2-0 victory over Bristol City in 1998. Let's hope we can make it eight victories out of ten against Newport on Saturday.