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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: A look ahead to the trip to Rodney Parade

United face Newport this weekend

28 February 2019

An unbelievable FA Cup run for Michael Flynn and his team has captured all of the headlines so far this season - and rightly so - but the Exiles showed that they weren't about to be completely sidetracked with a stunning victory at Notts County just days after their fifth round exit at the hands of Premier League giants Manchester City.

Padraig AmondThat brought a return to winning ways and announced intentions of an assault on the top seven places as they look to add more gloss to what has already been an enthralling campaign.

County wings were clipped by their second defeat of the month away at high-flying MK Dons at the weekend, so they'll be looking to bounce back immediately when they return home to host the Blues on Saturday.

You don't have to look far for goals when it comes to the Exiles with the in-form Padraig Amond, who has 19 in all competitions to his name, backed up admirably by Jamille Matt. His 14 mean the pair have a whopping 33 finishes between them.


Manager’s thoughts ...

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the weekend game, manager Steven Pressley said: "Newport have shown that they're a very good side against some really top class opposition this season.

"Their goal threat is as potent as any in this division and they can attack direct, or they can play football. That means you have to be ready to deal with the crosses and deliveries into your area, but you also have to keep an eye on the way they can move the ball through different areas of the pitch.

"As ever we look to go there to impose our game on them and I think it's really important, particularly at this stage of the season, for us to concentrate on what we can do, and on how we can affect games.

"We've seen over the last few fixtures that the players are buying in to what we're asking them to do, and we're showing that we can match teams in all areas.

"The key now is to turn the good performances into positive results. We can start that by getting back to winning ways this weekend. That's certainly what we're going to Newport to achieve."

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Did You Know?

+ The Exiles reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1980/81, having qualified after winning the Welsh Cup.

+ Newport were originally nicknamed ‘The Ironmongers’ due to the steel works present in the area during the early 20th century.


+ In 1970/71, Newport set an unwanted Football League record after going 25 games without a win at the start of the season.


Head to Head

These teams have met a total of nine times since the Exiles came back into the Football League under their new guise but they have, of course, met many, many other times over the years.

Today's visitors have become a bit of a bogey team for the Blues recently, with just two of the last nine meetings going our way.

  Carlisle wins Draws Newport wins
League 2 2 5
Total 2 2 5

Our meeting with the Exiles in November looked comfortable as Jamie Devitt netted twice to give the Blues a two-goal cushion. Padraig Amond had something to say about that as he pulled the visitors right back into it just before the break. Dan Butler thought he'd earned his side a point with just three minutes left to play, but Danny Grainger bagged himself a goal of the month award and a victory for his team with almost the last kick of the game.

Watch the highlights from that game here ...

Both of last season's games were draws, with the December trip to Rodney Parade seeing the sides having to settle for a share of the spoils off the back of a 3-3 stalemate. Luke Joyce sparked a much better second half for United when he scored from very close range immediately after the break, but it was nip and tuck and strikes from Tom Miller and Kelvin Etuhu were needed to make sure Carlisle had something to show for their efforts.

Watch the highlights from that game here ...

The league season ended when these two came together in May right here on our own patch. Mark Ellis put us ahead with less than a quarter of an hour gone, but Padraig Amond restored parity just before the break, and that was just about that as the teams played their way to full time and a well earned summer break.

Watch the highlights from that game here ...


Man in the middle

Ross JoyceOur referee for this game is Mr Ross Joyce. He has taken charge of 35 games so far this season showing 125 yellow cards and three reds.

We last had him as our match official in December for our 2-1 home win over Macclesfield. Hallam Hope and Jerry Yates scored our goals and Gerrard, Devitt and Yates were the Carlisle names taken on the day.

The first time we saw him this season was for the Carabao Cup meeting with Blackburn Rovers in August. Hallam Hope scored United's goal, but it was an emphatic win for Rovers on the night as braces from Bradley Dack and Adam Armstrong were complemented by a neat finish from Kasey Palmer. Kelvin Etuhu was the only name taken on the day.

Referee – Ross Joyce
Assistant Referee 1 – Christopher Husband
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Taylor
Fourth Official – Steven Plane


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Newport 2 - 0 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

2 March 2019

United went to Rodney Parade with an unchanged side from last weekend's very good performance at Colchester.

Strong work from Azeez and neat footwork from Butler created the first half chance of the day with less than a minute on the clock. Azeez challenged for and won a high bouncing ball wide on the left and Butler took over to deliver high. Collin was off his line quickly to grasp it out of the sky.

The Exiles came again when a long ball forward was flicked on by Azeez. Striker Padraig Amond was onto it quickly but his attempt at a curled shot was blocked by Liddle on the edge of the area.

It was the Blues who should have taken the lead when O'Hare fed a lovely through ball for Hope to chase. The keeper raced off his line to block the shot, but the rebound fell nicely for Cullen, who had arrived late. He went for the bottom corner but a timely touch from O'Brien was enough to divert it just past the upright.

The home side responded with a very good move which found Azeez in a dangerous position on the edge of the box. His poked shot was touched onto the post by an excellent fingertip save from Collin, and the defence recovered quickly to sweep the danger away.

It was a short-lived reprieve for the visitors as a clipped cross from Butler was nodded goalwards by Amond. The dangerous Adebayo Azeez ghosted in at the back stick to stab it into the net at close range.

The hosts looked suddenly confident and Collin was tested again when Matt sent a reverse pass between Gerrard and Liddle. Azeez dropped a shoulder but the United stopper spread himself to make an excellent one-handed save when the thundering attempt came in.

Carlisle were denied an equaliser when Day dropped smartly to save a shot on the swivel from Scougall when he beat the offside trap to go into the 18-yard box. It had power and purpose but it was a decent reaction from the keeper who parried it away before it could trouble the nets.

The corner curled wickedly as it came in to the area and Parkes got there first to send a volley through bodies. Another deflection took it wide, but the officials frustratingly signalled for a goal kick.

Another United chance went begging as Cullen ran onto a long kick forward from Collin. He took a touch and set himself for the shot but he lost his bearings and the effort went high.

Another great opportunity was created for the Blues when Slater picked up a loose ball out wide. He wasted no time at all in getting it across the face of the goal but there was nobody there to apply the finishing touch.

The game became a tight affair through the closing 15 minutes of the first half, but Collin had to be at his best again when Matt burst through from nowhere on the right hand side. A rasper from a tight angle was well dealt with as it dipped low and late.

A toe poke from Matt went high and wide as he got on the end of a free kick delivery from Butler at the start of the second period, and Hope had a shot blocked at the other end after he'd worked space with Grainger. A huge clearance sent Newport on a break, and Willmott crossed early with two in support. Azeez threw his leg at it but it was easy for Collin to gather.

Newport doubled their lead following what had been a long period of stalemate when they caught the Blues by surprise with a short corner routine. Two quick pases brought Sheehan into play and his cross was nodded downwards by Azeez. The predatory Amond stayed alert and he had the simple task of chipping the loose ball into the waiting net.

Captain Danny Grainger had a 28-yard free kick charged down as he sent it low and into the wall, and the same happened to a volley from Bennett at the other end when a corner clearance dropped on his boot.

It was confirmed as a day that definitely wasn't for the Blues when Parkes was dragged to the floor with just four minutes left to play. Danny Grainger stepped forward to take the resulting penalty, but Joe Day went the right way to make a fantastic save.

Salt was almost rubbed into the wounds when Butler steamed forward in time added on. His cut back found Labadie but a first time volley flew off into the stands.



Newport County - Azeez (14), Amond (67)



Newport County - Sheehan (44), Labadie (85)

Carlisle United - Gerrard (58), Thomas (90)



Newport County - Day, Butler, Willmott, Dolan (Sheehan 31), Amond, Matt (Labadie 74), Azeez (McKirdy 83), Bennett, O' Brien, Poole, Demetriou. Subs - Townsend, Pipe, Marsh-Brown, Bakinson.

Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger, Slater, Etuhu (Thomas 68), O'Hare, Scougall, Cullen, Hope (McCarron 86). Subs - Gray, Miller, Kennedy, Jones, Grant.


Referee - Mr Ross Joyce

Attendance - 3,432 (233 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: The trip to South Wales

Ticket information for the Newport County away game

17 February 2019

United kick off their March fixtures at Rodney Parade.

Newport County v Carlisle United, Saturday 2 March 2019, kick off 3pm

Dates of sale:

Date Time
Monday 18 February 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 19 February 10am to 5pm 
Wednesday 20 February 10am to 5pm
Thursday 21 February 10am to 5pm
Friday 22 February 10am to 5pm
Saturday 23 February Closed
Sunday 24 February Closed 
Monday 25 February 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 26 February  10am to 5pm
Wednesday 27 February  10am to 5pm
Thursday 28 February 10am to 5pm


Adult £19
Senior (60+) £15
Student/ Young Adult (16-21) £13
Under 16 £7
Under 12 £5
Under 6 Free
Carer FOC
Family Ticket** £42

** Family Ticket comprises of two adult tickets (young adult, senior or adult) and two child tickets (U16, U12 or U6). 

Students must have a valid NUS card and/or proof of education to qualify. 

Tickets will increase by £2 on the day of the game. 

Tickets can be purchased on the day from the away ticket office located at gate 6. The away ticket office is cash only. 

Ambulant disabled supporters receiving middle or higher rate disability allowance pay the applicable price for their age category and receive a free carers ticket. Wheelchair users can also be accommodated, please call the ticket office for more information.


Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions.  

Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have purchased over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Wednesday 27 February

Bus Travel
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987. Click HERE for more information on booking and departure times. 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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