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Gareth: "We've been working hard to prepare for what is coming"

Blues boss previews Newport trip.

8 September 2017

Gareth Ainsworth is expecting a tough test against a revitalised Newport County at Rodney Parade this weekend.

Wycombe travel to the home of the Exiles on Saturday (k.o. 3pm), looking to extend their 100% record on the road this season, after previous successes at Port Vale and Grimsby Town.

Their opponents, who made a miraculous escape from relegation last season, have started the season in similar fashion to the Chairboys, with just one defeat in their opening five games.

That first loss of the campaign came last weekend at table-topping Exeter City, and Michael Flynn will be looking for a reaction from his side this weekend.

The former Newport player has guided his men to victory in half of his 20 matches in charge, and Ainsworth has been ensuring his players are prepared for a stern challenge in South Wales, on a ground where they have won twice and lost twice on their four visits.

"Newport have had a total facelift," he said.

"Michael Flynn has done a great job there, he has galvanised them from last season and they have carried on the momentum that kept them in the league on the last day.

"They really are a tough team to visit, and in the past we haven't tended to get a lot from there, apart from the Sido free kick last year and the Murphy and Cowan-Hall goals in 2014.

"We just need to make sure that this new-look Newport, which I believe is a good side with some characters in their team, don't catch us by surprise.

"So we've been working hard to prepare for what is coming, and what we can do to score against them but also to keep it very tight at the back because they have got goals in their team as they have shown so far this season."


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