FROM one ferociously committed former centre-half to another, Russ Wilcox is sure upon one thing.
Namely, that his rival in the opposite dug-out today in former England defender Terry Butcher will be hurting and desperate to end Newport’s early-season malaise at York’s expense with his first league win in charge.
Butcher’s commitment to the cause was captured in a picture showing him covered in blood after suffering a head wound in a World Cup 1990 qualifier.
The one-time Ipswich and Glasgow Rangers captain is now coping with the blow of his Newport side propping up League Two and Wilcox said: “You always remember that image of him with the bandage on and blood seeping through. That’s his character and he will be looking to instil that in his team.
“They did the double over us last season but there’s been lots of changes at both clubs since.
“They have a new manager who is very experienced and I’m sure he’ll eventually turn things around but, hopefully, not before Saturday.”
The game sees loanee David Tutonda return to the club where he spent a loan spell last term, heading just down the M4 from parent club Cardiff and playing 12 games for County, scoring two goals.
Wilcox has several injury doubts with unnamed players but has confirmed that Reece Thompson (groin), who scored his first goal since joining the club in last weekend’s home loss to Mansfield, and Luke Summerfield (foot) will undergo late tests.
Urging his troops to sharpen up in front of goal, Wilcox added: “We had 11 attempts against Mansfield but only got one on target and that’s not good enough.”
Last six games: Newport LDLLLL; York WLWDLL.
Referee: T Kettle (Leicestershire).
Last time: Newport 3 York 1; October 11, 2014; League Two.