Newport County announce temporary move to Cardiff City Stadium
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League Two promotion chasers Newport County have been given permission to switch their next two home games to the Cardiff City stadium. 

The decision, made by the English football league on Thursday, comes after County made the request following concerns over the quality of the Rodney Parade pitch. 

The Exiles games against Bradford city on March 9th and Leyton Orient on March 20th will now be played in Cardiff. 

A helping hand from the Bluebirds

The Welsh side had planned to install a new hybrid pitch at the ground during last summer's off-season, however complications resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic meant the project was delayed till the end of this season, leading to the current muddy conditions. 

Newport chairman Gavin Foxall said of the team's temporary move:

"We are very grateful to colleagues at the EFL for their support and understanding in these unprecedented times.

"My thanks and appreciation to Ken Choo and all the staff at Cardiff City for being so accommodating.

"It is a good example of how the football community comes together in challenging circumstances."

On the site of the Rodney Parade pitch, County manager Michael Flynn said: ”The worst pitch I have ever seen", following his teams clash with Forest Green Rovers in February. 

The club are saying that they believe the short move to Cardiff will now give the pitch a chance to ‘Breathe’.

The move could help local rugby side 

The managing director of Dragons Rugby, Mark Jones, whose side ground share with Newport at Rodney Parade, said:

"We have been in dialogue with Newport County AFC and understand the decision they have taken to take two games to Cardiff.

"With three back-to-back home weekends for Dragons in March, this decision will allow us to protect the pitch and aid its recovery before Newport County AFC return."

The Exiles next scheduled game at Rodney Parade is on the 27th of March against Scunthorpe United.