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James Rowberry: "I love the FA Cup"

5 November 2021

County manager James Rowberry expressed his excitement of getting to manage in the FA Cup, ahead of County's trip to Morecambe on Saturday.

Rowberry has had a perfect start to life as County boss, winning two out of two in the league, but attention now turns to the FA Cup on Saturday as Newport hope to emulate some recent famous nights in South Wales.

Leeds, Leicester and Middlesbrough are among a host of Championship and Premier League sides that have had their cup runs ended at Rodney Parade while teams like Premier League Tottenham have been forced to a replay by League Two County.

The mood at Newport is upbeat since getting maximum returns from the two games Rowberry has taken charge of thus far.

"Everybody's happy, but why wouldn't you be happy every day, coming into work to play football?" Rowberry said.

"What's important is that we're consistent in our approach win, lose or draw that we're fortunate to be doing what we're doing. It's a decent working environment for myself, my staff, and the lads.

"In the last three or four years, we've had good cup runs playing the likes of Brighton, Man City, Middlesbrough, Leicester, Tottenham. It would be amazing to get a cup run but we take each game as it comes like we would normally. 

"I went to the Spurs game as a fan with my dad so I remember that one vividly. Being from the area, I'm aware of the strong affinity with the FA Cup."

Morecambe will be tough going at the weekend though, with the Shrimps being a tough team to beat in the league above.

"Our focus is purely on what we do, we just take each game on its merits and we develop and keep maintaining our standards that we've shown in the last two games," Rowberry continued.

"We've got to remember that Morecambe are a division above so we're the underdog in this game. We give it the preparation it deserves.

"I love the FA Cup, I can't wait for it. It's my first game as a manager in the FA Cup and I can't wait for it, it's a great day."


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