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PRE-MATCH | Wayne Hatswell: "We know what we have got here is good enough and we have proved that for most of the season"

29 January 2021

Newport County AFC assistant manager Wayne Hatswell says he has no concerns over the Exiles' recent winless run and believes they are on the right track in their bid for promotion this season.

County are without a victory in their last seven Sky Bet League Two fixtures, with their last victory coming over a month ago against Grimsby Town on December 8. 

The Exiles have picked up four points in that period after draws against Oldham Athletic, Crawley Town and Cheltenham Town, while they also played out two stalemates against fellow promotion chasers Salford City. 

Michael Flynn's side have also suffered three postponements since the win at Blundell Park, but they still remain right in the hunt for promotion at the top of the league table.

"We have been in the top three for most of the season," said Hatswell.

"It's only through the games being postponed that we have fallen down the league a little bit.

"If we win our game in hand we would go top, and the games in hand are going to be at home where we are tough to beat, while we have picked up points away from home more than last year.

"We are on track, it's as simple as that. We know what we have got here is good enough and we have proved that for most of the season.

"We have to keep everybody fit because of the volume of games but the players are ready for it."

County will have the opportunity to return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon when they make the long journey to take on Harrogate Town on Saturday afternoon.

But they were forced to leave it late against Simon Weaver's side, who were difficult to break down after going down to 10 men at Rodney Parade, earlier in the campaign.

And Hatswell says the visitors must come away with something on their return from Yorkshire. 

"They are a typical 4-4-2 and are quite regimental in what they do," added Hatswell.

"But they have got hard-working players. Simon has done a great job there. He will get players focused for the game coming up and will be looking to bounce back. We've got to come back to Newport with something.

"They are starting to play teams for the second time and everyone has had a good look at them, whereas they were a bit of a surprise to start with.

"I believe that we are a better team than them but we have got to show that, because they will be a tough nut to crack but hopefully we can get back on a winning trail."


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