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James Rowberry proud of side's resilience in Sutton win

8 December 2021

Newport County manager James Rowberry was proud of his side's resilience in their impressive comeback win over Sutton United on Tuesday night.

County were 2-0 down at half-time, with the visitors also down to 10 men after a red card for captain Craig Eastmond with the score at 1-0.

Lewis Collins and Courtney Baker-Richardson goals dragged the score back to 2-2 before skipper Matt Dolan stepped up to slot home a penalty in second-half stoppage time to complete a turnaround that will live long in the memory of the Amber Army.

Newport played much of the better football in the first half but Sutton were more clinical with David Ajiboye scoring both of Sutton's two shots at the Exiles' goal. 

"I don't know what my heart rate would've been on the side of the pitch but I'm really disappointed in the first half with the goals we conceded," Rowberry said.

"I don't know how many shots they've had but I think it was only the two, we've dominated the game but we haven't defended well enough and that was the most disappointing thing for me overall tonight."

Rowberry said that it wasn't a hairdryer-style half-time team talk but a tactical tweak and a few "choice words" were what was needed to inspire the comeback.

"We spoke at half-time and we changed a few things tactically to try and beat their 10 men and it worked so I'm really pleased.

"It's my ninth game as a manager and it was a rollercoaster and the goals we conceded in the first half were so disappointing.

We'll work on it because Port Vale will be tough but we showed good resilience tonight that we can come back and that's the third time this season that we've gone 1-0 down and come back to win the game so that's a pleasing thing for me.

"It shows we're on an upward climb, I believe. A few choice words were said at half-time and they responded brilliantly so i can't fault the lads." 

 


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