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Goalscorer Jamille Matt Speaks to the Media After Stevenage Draw at Rodney Parade

16 December 2019

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Jamille Matt was delighted to end his drought in front of goal but felt Newport County AFC should have taken more than one point against Stevenage on Saturday.

The striker’s header in the 92nd minute rescued a point for the Exiles, after Emmanuel Sonupe’s first-half opener, and ended a run of four consecutive defeats in Sky Bet League Two. 

It was a third goal of the season for the 30-year-old, who spent time on loan at Stevenage in the 2015/16 season, and Matt feels that could be a turning point for him and the Club.

“To be honest it’s played on my mind a little bit so it’s a bit of a relief for me to get on the scoresheet,” he said.

“It’s good to get a point, we’ve not had the best results in the league recently. 

“I think it’s the least we deserved. It wasn’t the best of games but I thought we probably shaded it and deserved a little bit more.

“Strikers are judged by goals, I’m aware of that and I’m probably my biggest critic. 

“I think there’s games where I’ve not played very well and there’s games where I’ve thought I’ve played similar to when I have been scoring. 

“I thought [George] Nursey put in a brilliant cross and it was probably an easy chance for me to finish. He put a cross in for Podge [Padraig Amond] against Maldon, I know the quality he’s got.”

Despite a spate of injuries and illness hitting the squad, Matt is confident the team can use the draw as a platform to build on.

“We’ve got a few injuries and hopefully we’ll be getting boys back now, Mickey’s come back today and that’s a positive," he added. 

“The boys that are out there showed that they are willing to fight first and foremost. 

“The conditions weren’t the greatest but we’ll have to deal with that going forward but I think everyone put in a shift and I thought a point was the least we deserved.

“I think we need everyone behind us, especially fans. They normally back us so if they are on our side and we all stick together then we’ll get a win on the board, hopefully next week, and try and turn our results around.

“Last couple of games haven’t gone well but if you look at the Christmas period it’s quite busy.

"[If] you get a few wins on the board then people forget about the bad little run that we’re in. 

“That’s what we’ll try and do, go and build momentum again and take that into next year, as in 2020.”


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