County will need to rotate to keep squad sharp and motivated - boss Rowberry

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IMPRESSIVE: County made eight changes but still stunned Luton in the cup
IMPRESSIVE: County made eight changes but still stunned Luton in the cup

NEWPORT County AFC manager James Rowberry is starting to think about rotation after picking the same team for the start of the League Two campaign.

The Exiles head to Bradford City tomorrow afternoon with a fully-fit squad after James Clarke's recovery from a hip injury and the successful return of his fellow central defender Priestley Farquharson in the Carabao Cup win at Luton.

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Rowberry went with the same XI for the League Two draw at Sutton and defeat to Walsall and is unlikely to make dramatic changes despite the midweek upset at Kenilworth Road, when County showed strength in depth after bringing eight players into the side.

They will need options throughout the 46-game league campaign and a fixture has been added to their August schedule thanks to cup progress.

County host Salford on Tuesday and Tranmere next Saturday before the tie against League One Porstmouth and trip to Harrogate.

"Carl [Serrant, assistant manager] said to me the other day about squad rotation and that we have to do it," said Rowberry.

"You've got Jack Grealish, a £100million player, getting rotated at Manchester City, who play 50 games a year.

"I am not equating our lads to Jack Grealish whatsoever but the principle of rotating players and using the squad stands.

"We showed on Tuesday that we have two players for every position, which is brilliant for a manager and not a headache. I am delighted."