MK Dons travel to face Newport County on Tuesday night after torrential rain postponed the original fixture. So, what can Dons fans expect on their trip to South Wales?
Newport County’s 1-0 home win against Mansfield on Saturday has pushed the exiles up into 13th position with two games in hand. They currently find themselves 8 points off the playoff positions although this season they will have fonder memories of their FA Cup form. After beating former Premier League Champions Leicester City in round 3, the exiles then beat Championship side Middlesbrough via a replay. Although, they will be keen on getting a result vs the Dons, their attention may also be split to the FA Cup 5th round home time against Premier League champions Manchester City.
MK Dons are currently enduring a poor run of form and games keep coming thick and fast. After the 3-2 loss at home to Swindon, the Dons have fallen out of the playoffs position and currently sit in 8th. 2019 has seen two wins for the Dons both at home against Cambridge & Oldham. Dons last tasted victory away from home on 3rd November at Crawley Town.
Players to Watch
Former Don loanee Keanu Marsh-Brown could line up for the Exiles. The former Fulham loanee made 19 appearances for us scoring two goals in 2011/12. Since this loan spell, Keanu has found spells at Oldham, Barnet, Yeovil and more recently Forest Green Rovers. Keanu joined the Exiles on a 2-year deal at the start of this season wearing the number 10 shirt.
Newport are likely to start with two up front with Jamille Matt & Padraig Amond leading the line. Jamille Matt joined Newport at the start of the season after spells at Kidderminster Harriers, Fleetwood, Blackpool and Grimsby Town. Whilst at Fleetwood, Matt was the scorer in the League 2 Playoff final to send the Fisherman to League 1. This season he has 13 goals and 2 assists.
His Strike partner Amond started his career in Ireland for Shamrock Rovers. He also had spells at Kildare County, Sligo Rovers & Pacos de Ferreira before joining English football. Amond has had spells in England with Accrington Stanley, Morecambe, Grimsby Town & Hartlepool. Amond joined Newport County in 2017 and has scored 17 goals this season with 7 assists to his name.
Jake Hesketh scored a thunderbolt on his home debut against Swindon on Saturday and will be looking to keep his position in the team. Hesketh a recent loan signing from Southampton has spent the first half of the season with League 1 Burton Albion. Burton have made themselves clear that they wished to resign Hesketh until the end of the season after his terrific performances in league & Carabao Cup. His other Dons appearance came off the bench away to Exeter.
In March 2017, Newport County were struggling at the bottom of the football league 11 points from safety with 12 games to go. The Newport County Hierarchy turned to former player Michael Flynn as Caretaker manager to strategize a way to safety which was completed on the final day of the season.
Following this great escape, Michael was appointed full time manager but has not ruled out playing again as he has registered as a player wearing the number 23 shirt.
As a player, Flynn has over 420 appearances with 110 for the Exiles. Born and Bred in Newport, Flynn also had time away at clubs such as Wigan, Gillingham, Bradford & Huddersfield Town. His record as a manager currently sits at 46 wins in 109 games.
Fraser Franks is expected to be available on Tuesday night after recovering from an ankle injury. There could also be debuts for Harry McKirdy & former AFC Wimbledon striker Ade Azeez as manager Michael Flynn is expected to make a few changes before their FA Cup tie against Manchester City.
No new injury concerns for the Dons but they will remain without George Williams and Jordan Moore-Taylor for the trip to Rodney Parade. Callum Brittain could be involved at Newport after stepping up his rehabilitation from an ankle injury with recent appearances for the U23 side.
Newport County play their home fixtures at Rodney Parade. This ground has a capacity of 11,676 but is reduced to 7,850 for football.
The Dons fans will be placed in the Bisley stand in one corner along the side-line of the pitch. This area can hold up to 580 fans and is shared with home fans with some green netting providing segregation. The Bisley Stand is relatively new and is an all seating covered stand.
To the left is the South Stand which has a similar look to the old away stand at the Hockey Stadium. This is an open all seater stand which Dons fans may find themselves using if the Bisley Stand sells out. The south stand runs half the width of the pitch with a corner building on the far side which hosts the players dressing room.
The stand opposite is a more traditional stand with seating at the rear and terracing in front. This is a covered stand with a low roof. This area hosts the dugouts and the majority of the Exiles supporters. To the right of the stand is an open terrace which is unused.
Behind the far goal is the Town end. This is an open terrace with sublime views of the city of Newport in the background.
Newport County have 20 accessible parking spaces available to home and away supporters. These spaces should be booked in advance by contacting Newport County.
There are 4 friendly spaces for wheelchairs for away supporters.
Both home and away fans can use accessible toilets inside the stadium, of which there are 6.
For more details, please review the level playing fields and Newport County websites via the below links:
Young adults/students: £13
Family Ticket: £42
A family ticket is four tickets - either two adults/seniors/young adults and two under-16s/under-12s/under-6s.
SUPPORTERS WITH A DISABILITY
Supporters with a disability are entitled to a FREE personal assistant.
Tickets purchased for the original fixture are valid for the re-arranged match.
Supporters who purchased tickets for the original date as well as those who booked travel through MK Dons who can’t make the new date, are entitled to a full refund which they can claim by visiting the Box Office at Stadium MK or calling 0333 200 5343 before 5pm on Monday 11th February.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £21 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 3PM. Coach travel can be booked online, from the box office or by calling 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will remain on sale until midday on Tuesday 12th February subject to availability. Official Away travel bookings for the original fixture are valid for the rearranged match.
From Leaving Stadium MK, take the A421 towards Buckingham. Continue through Buckingham and take the first exit at the roundabout after the Finmere Bypass heading towards Bicester. Continue through Bicester towards the M40 junction. At the M40 Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A34 towards Oxford. Leave the A34 at the junction interchange for the A420. Continue on the A420 until you reach the A419 roundabout where you take the first exit towards the M4. At the roundabout take the third exit to join the M4 towards Wales. Continue on the M4 over the Severn Bridge. Please note there is a toll fee of £5.60 for a category 1 vehicle (up to 9 seats). Leave the M4 at junction 25 and take the first exit on the roundabout. Continue on this road and take the left turning onto Rodney Road, just before the River Usk bridge.
Postcode for satnavs is: NP19 0UU
For those travelling via train, the nearest station is Newport which is available to reach from London Paddington or Birmingham New Street. As you exit the station you turn left onto Queensway until you reach the roundabout. There is a pedestrian underpass available to cross this roundabout and you would take this path to Clarence place. This path will take you over the River Usk and you would then turn right onto Rodney Road. As you continue on this road, you should see Rodney Parade directly in front of you.
There is no official car park at Rodney Parade so supporters are advised to park sensibly on nearby streets or city centre car parks. The street parking around the stadium does have parking restrictions in place for residents only so please check before leaving your vehicle.
Alternatively, there are two City Centre car parks located within a kilometre of the ground. Kingsway Shopping Centre car park is the closest of the two and is available for £3 for 3-5 hours. There is also an NCP car park available on Newport High Street for approx. £5.
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