Andrew Hughes targets first Exiles away win
DEFENDER Andrew Hughes believes that Newport County AFC can claim their first League Two away win at Scunthorpe United tomorrow.
The 21-year-old says County can build on their impressive display in defeat at Premier League West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday and claim their first maximum haul on the road.
The Exiles drew 1-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge last Saturday after losing 3-1 at Northampton Town earlier this month and Hughes is confident they can go one better again at Glanford Park.
“You never want to lose but we felt that we played well at West Brom,” said Hughes.
“We had a few chances in the first half but we didn’t take them and they did.
“We were 3-0 down at half-time at a Premier League side and we kept a clean sheet after the break so that gives us confidence ahead of Scunthorpe.
“It’s always good to go and play at a Premier League ground but getting a result at Scunthorpe is more important,” he added.
“It’s never easy to go anywhere in this league so to get a result up there will be good and we’ll be going for the win.”
With experienced defensive trio Byron Anthony, Ismail Yakubu and Tony James all suffering injuries this month, Hughes has formed an impressive partnership at the back with Tom Naylor and Harry Worley.
“I think I’ve taken my chance and now I’ve just got to keep playing well and keep the results coming,” said the Cardiff-born youngster.
“Nayls has settled in really quickly and Harry is a top quality player and we’re doing OK.
“Tony James came off the bench on Tuesday as well and it’s good to have him back because it will keep us on our toes.”
County have never played a league match at Glanford Park, which was opened in 1988.
The last Newport player to score at Scunthorpe was Steve Tupling in a 3-1 defeat at the Iron’s previous Old Showground home in September 1987.
Scunthorpe skipper Michael Collins is expected to miss tomorrow's clash due to a knee injury.
Matt Godden is hoping to return to the squad following a knee injury and fellow forwards Jamie Wootton and Jordan Clark, on loan from Barnsley, could also be recalled.
Manager Brian Laws also has former Wales international defender Christian Riberiro in his squad, as well as ex-Jamaican World Cup striker Deon Burton and Scotland’s Chris Iwelumo.
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