Scot Bennett interview

Scot Bennett insists it will be business as usual for Newport County AFC as they enter the festive period.

The Exiles will sit at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table on Christmas Day despite Saturday's 4-2 defeat - their first league loss of the campaign - against Oldham Athletic.

It was County's first game back at Rodney Parade after three consecutive away games against Grimsby Town, Leyton Orient and Salford City, which saw Michael Flynn's men clock up more than 1,100 miles in the space of seven days in the run up to Christmas.

This year's festive period has been affected due to the chaos brought by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but Bennett says County will be treating it as business as usual.

"I’m used to it by now - I've been doing it a long time," said Bennett.

"It is tough when you are a young player, but as you get older you get used to it.

"I'm lucky that I have my family in Newport with me. It will be a normal week for me with a big day on Friday but I'll be looking forward to Saturday and the three points."

Bennett notched his first goal of the campaign to restore County's lead during the clash against the Latics, although it counted for very little as Harry Kewell's side came from behind for a second time to inflict defeat on the Exiles.

But Carlisle United's defeat against fellow promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers ensured Flynn's men maintained their position at the Sky Bet League Two summit.

"It’s always nice to score, but I would have taken the three points over scoring.

"We will take being top at Christmas. It’s a disappointing result but we have to move on quickly and look at the bigger picture.

"We are still in a very good position, so we must keep it going until the next week."

County will have the opportunity to atone for the defeat when they travel to Crawley Town on Boxing Day for their penultimate fixture of the year.

“We have a week off now until the next game so we will work hard on the training ground, spirits will be high, and we will bounce back," Bennett added.