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Monday, 21 December 2015 10:07

Game of Two Halves

SATURDAY 19th DECEMBER. Rodney Parade, dark and wet.
NEWPORT COUNTY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 2 (English Football League Two)
It's the darkest midwinter Saturday of the football season, and it's still raining. Most local games will be postponed again but this is one of the fixtures that went into my diary back in the summer - a chance to see Wimbledon, the team I grew up supporting, almost on my doorstep.

Of course, there's a whole different set of emotions that go with watching one's own club, rather than my usual Saturday experience: one of those can be, paradoxically, not really looking forward to it. I approach today's game in pessimistic frame of mind, as Newport's form has been much improved under new manager John Sheridan, while Wimbledon are on a lengthy winless run; and I remember only too well the 4-1 thumping in last year's fixture at Rodney Parade. I'm expecting a Newport win, even though their winning run came to an end in a 4-3 defeat at Notts County last week.

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