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POST-MATCH | Midfielder Scot Bennett Following Exeter City Boxing Day Defea

27 December 2019

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Scot Bennett couldn’t hide his frustrations after Newport County AFC fell to a narrow Boxing Day defeat to Exeter City but insisted the only way the Club can turn the form around is by sticking together.

Lee Martin’s first-half strike proved decisive for the Grecians at a rain-soaked St James Park. The Exiles replied with 11 shots – three on target – but couldn’t find the breakthrough to leave County without a win in nine SkyBet League Two games.

Bennett believes a change in fortune is just around the corner and that squad unity is key.

“I think we started the game well, we were in the game and again it’s another sloppy goal,” said the 29-year-old.

“I think it’s come from our goal kick and they’ve countered and scored. We tried and tried but just couldn’t get a goal and couldn’t get back in the game.

“It was really tough out there. You can see it wasn’t a great pitch, it was starting to waterlog up and trying to get control of the ball was tough. 

“We gave it a go, we’ve got no excuses, they’ve beaten us and we’ve got to pick ourselves up and be ready for the 29th

“We’ve just got to stay together and keep working hard for each other and I’m sure it will turn around. 

“You don’t become a bad team overnight and it wasn’t long ago that we were on a good run. 

“Now we’re on a bit of a bad one so we’ve got to stick together and figure it out. It’s the only thing we can do.

“The good thing when you’ve got games coming thick and fast, you can get out there and put things right quickly so that’s what we’re going to be looking to do. 

“We’ll come in again, be relaxed and ready to go and hopefully we can turn it around.”

The Exiles are back at Rodney Parade for their next two league fixtures. Leyton Orient travel to South Wales on Sunday while Cheltenham Town are the visitors on New Year’s Day. 

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