Keanu Marsh-Brown says he’s over the moon to finally open his account as a Newport County AFC player after he scored a stunner in the 3-1 victory at Yeovil Town.
After a mundane first-half, Marsh-Brown came on after an hour and the goals started to flow from the Exiles as they fought back a greater foothold in the midfield.
Robbie Willmott powered home a header, Ben Kennedy also got his first goal for the club to double the advantage, while Tom James pulled a goal back before Marsh-Brown’s emphatic strike.
It’s been an amazing turnaround in recent weeks for Marsh-Brown since fighting back from injury which ruled him out for a large chunk of the first part of the season.
Last weekend, he made his international debut for Guyana and helped them clinch a place in this summer’s Gold Cup, now he’s off the mark with the Exiles and raring to go for the remainder of the campaign.
Here, you can read what he exclusively told iFollow Exiles following the conclusion of the game…
On the victory over Yeovil Town…
"It was a tough first-half and the boys did really well to stay in the game. It was a bit tough to play and get out offensively at times but once we got to the second-half, the game opened up.
"When I came on, I thought I impacted the game and did well.
"All the boys did well from the back-four to the midfield and up-front as well.
"We stuck together as a team, did what we’ve been doing in training – playing, passing the ball, finding space and it’s come off."
On getting his first goal for the club…
"It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been itching to get my first goal; a big part of my game is adding goals and I’ve been dying to score one.
"It’s been tough for me trying to get back through injury and getting on the pitch injury free.
"To score is just a relief, I thank God for that, and hopefully I can keep going now for the rest of the season."
On Ben Kennedy also getting off the mark for County and Robbie Willmott opening the scoring with a header…
"I’m buzzing for Ben obviously because when you come to a new club and get that first goal, it gives you a feeling of relief and weight being lifted off your shoulders.
"That’ll give him even more confidence I’m sure and Robbie Willmott also scored which was positive.
"He probably surprised himself by scoring a header, but he does that in training, and it does come natural to him."
On the race for the League Two play-offs…
"We’ll go into the last eight games of the season wanting to give it a real push and we’ll see where it takes us.
"Hopefully, if we put in performances similar to this one, then we’ll achieve something. You never know what could happen.
"We’ve still got to play the teams which are up there so that’ll be tough, but we’ll head into them with confidence off the back of performances like this one.
"If we play our football, then we’ve proved before that we can beat anyone in this league.
"My message to the supporters is just to get behind the boys, get behind the team, we need that 12th man and it could give us that lift to climb up the table."
On facing the league’s form side next up…
"Tranmere Rovers will be a really big game. They are doing really well, currently in the play-offs and they’ve got some real momentum behind them.
"But we always believe we’ll win any game at home – we make Rodney Parade a tough place to come for every team.
"Anything is possible in this league and if we go into the game with the right mindset, we can get a result.
"Manny Monthe and Mark Ellis are former teammates of mine from Forest Green and I’ve played against the rest of their squad. They’ll make it difficult and it’ll be a good game."
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