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POST-MATCH | Goalscorer Padraig Amond Speaks to the Media After Leyton Orient Draw

31 December 2019

Padraig Amond believes a victory is just around the corner for Newport County AFC after another spirited display in the 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient at Rodney Parade.

The Irishman came off the bench to rescue a point in the 81st minute with his 10th goal of the season to cancel out Ruel Sotiriou’s early finish. 

The draw means the Exiles are currently without a win in nine SkyBet League Two games but with 19 shots at goal, although only four tested Sam Sargeant in the Orient goal, Amond was pleased with the attacking performance.

“I suppose it’s just a lack of concentration at the beginning,” confessed Amond.

“They’ve got really good deliveries from set plays so try not to give away a free kick or a needless corner and before we were even setting down, we’re 1-0 down and giving ourselves a mountain to climb, which unfortunately we’ve been doing too much recently. 

“We came back into the game really well, probably dominated the game after that. I don’t remember, until the last minute when they had a shot, them really having a chance in the game. 

“A point is the least we deserved but we probably should have all three points.

“The problem is we give ourselves that mountain to climb. 

“Not that it makes a negative atmosphere because in fairness the supporters were fantastic and to be fair to them they haven’t had much to cheer about recently so credit to the big crowd we had for making the noise and helping us to get back in the game. 

“We easily could have won either of the last three games. 

“When we do go ahead, like at Morecambe, we need to finish the game off. 

“We should have finished that off in the first half that day but we didn’t and lost the game in the end. 

“The important thing is that we got a point today. We’ll make sure that when we go again on New Year’s Day that we don’t give the opposition an easy way into the game and we take the bull by the horns early in the game and put them on the back foot. 

“It’s important that we get back to winning ways.”

County welcome Cheltenham Town to Rodney Parade on Wednesday. The last meeting between the two sides conjured up 11 goals with Taylor Maloney and Tristan Abrahams both netting hat-tricks in the Leasing.Com Trophy. Buy tickets for that match here. 


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