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James Rowberry reflects on Colchester draw

29 November 2021

Newport County manager James Rowberry was "disappointed" to only come away from Colchester with a point but he is happy with the club's progress under his tutelage thus far.

County drew 1-1 with Colchester in Essex on Friday night but would have been good value for the three points as Newport came out on top on the xG stats (1.6 to Colchester's 0.6) [Ben Mayhew] while the more traditionalist when it comes to stats would point to County having 10 shots on target with Colchester only managing one - their goal.

"I feel myself saying the same things every week. The only thing our goalkeeper's had to do is pick the ball out of the back of the net, for me," Rowberry began.

"I know they've had a lot of possession in the second half to a degree but they haven't threatened our goal. We've had so many chances again to win the game, we just weren't clinical enough. I'm disappointed not to get a win, I really am. I feel very frustrated, it's probably the most frustrated I've been tonight."

The highlight of the contest though was Dom Telford's latest goal, with the top scorer in the division netting his 13th of the season with a wonderful curling shot with the inside of his left boot from just outside the area. He has now scored in seven league games in a row.

"It's a terrific goal and he's hit the post in the second half. He's been terrific, fair play to him, he's done smashing, it's a wonderful finish and it's great play by James Clarke to lock into the lad who had the ball and knick it off him so fair play to Clarkey as well," Rowberry said of the strike.

Telford only had two shots on Fridayn night with one going in and the other cracking off the post in the second half after last Tuesday night saw him score his one shot of the game to salvage a point.

"Sometimes that's what strikers do, and maybe that's down to the way we play as well, it's another wonderful goal," Rowberry added.

"It's come from outside the box but how many chances have we had inside the box? I haven't seen it yet so I wonder what our Expected Goals will be."

While the gaffer obviously wants maximum points from every game, he is pleased with his team's return since he became boss at Rodney Parade.

It's two results on the road that we've had two draws and that's 11 points out of 18 since I've been in, I would've taken that at the start if you asked me."


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