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55 Free-kicks won: Newport County’s confidence man could be the difference maker at Wembley

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The most anticipated weekend in the English football calendar is just hours away with all three play-off finals set to be utterly enthralling affairs. 

Sunderland take on Charlton Athletic in the League One final on Sunday before Derby County and Aston Villa headline things on Monday with the Championship clash.

But kicking things off on Saturday is the League Two showpiece event with Tranmere Rovers and Newport County facing off at Wembley for a spot in League One.

For Newport, it is a position that few mutual fans expected them to be in.

Michael Flynn’s side were a tip to be relegated at the start of the season but they have never looked in trouble, playing some excellent football, especially in the last half of the season, to sneak into the top seven.

One of their key men has been domineering forward Jamille Matt who will be looking to add a Wembley win to what has been an excellent season.

Matt has been utterly relentless in attack for County this season alongside Padraig Amond, playing with a confidence that has emanated through the rest of the side.

As well as scoring 14 goals and assisting six more, he has taken on 62 shots. It may not be the best conversion rate going but it points to a lot of confidence to be willing to try your luck.

He also wins just over one free-kick a match which, considering how dangerous the Welsh side are from set-pieces, helps them out no end as well.

The play-offs are the sort of matches that reward confidence and if Matt can maintain that tomorrow, he could well be the hero.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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