Fans can inspire us tonight, says David Pipe
NEWPORT County AFC captain David Pipe says the travelling amber army can inspire the side to victory at near neighbours Hereford United tonight.
County are seeking a fifth straight win and could go level on points at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier if they secure victory and other results go their way.
And the skipper says the Exiles fans, expected to number more than 1,200, will play a big part at Edgar Street.
“It’s a massive game in front of what should be a massive crowd,” said Pipe.
“I think the home game was our biggest attendance of the season and we should have our biggest away following ther tonight.
“That is huge for us, the boys thrive on the support of our fans, especially away from home.
“The fact it’s a night game adds to the atmosphere as well and it definitely gives us an extra boost when you hear our fans making more noise than the home end.
“The players all appreciate the fact that supporters travel and spend their hard-earned money to follow us and hopefully they can cheer us on to another victory.”
County won the reverse fixture 2-0 in front of a crowd of 4,365 at Rodney Parade in August and Pipe would love a repeat tonight.
“We’re on a good run and we won’t disrespect them because they were tough opponents in August, but we are full of confidence and we’re going there looking for the win,” he added.
“We’ve shown that we are strong mentally and physically and we want to keep our run going. The bookies still don’t fancy us to win the title but we’re determined to keep going and at the moment we’re going stronger than ever.”
Tonight’s match is all ticket for County fans and those without tickets will not be permitted entrance to the ground.
Meanwhile, County club president David Hando has invited all supporter groups to a meeting in the Bisley Lounge on Thursday at 7.30pm so directors can explain their plans for the Rodney Parade pitch.