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James Rowberry: "We need to strive forward"

1 November 2021

Newport County boss James Rowberry has underlined the importance of maintaining standards after Saturday's 5-0 thrashing of Stevenage.

Dom Telford's hat-trick as well as goals from Courtney Baker-Richardson and Finn Azaz earned County their biggest margin of victory in a decade at the weekend while manager Rowberry has had a perfect start to life at Rodney Parade.

A 3-1 win at Bristol Rovers was followed up by Saturday's 5-0 in Rowberry's first home game in charge but the boss with an early 100% win record as manager is keen to keep feet on the ground at the club.

"[I didn't expect] to get eight goals in two games and one goal conceded against Bristol Rovers and Stevenage, but I'm not getting carried away," Rowberry said.

"We've got Morecambe next week and I'm already thinking about Morecambe, and I'm also thinking about what we need to do to improve to try and strive forward."

Newport cruised to a 3-0 lead at half-time and were 5-0 up by the 50th minute.

"At Bristol Rovers we conceded that goal late in the first half, and I said to them at half-time: We need to continue to strive forward and be ruthless," Rowberry continued.

"We've done that today and done it well, it's just maintaining standards, we've got to keep doing that. What they've done for me in the last two games, I've been really pleased with.

"There are still things to work on and develop but generally I'm really proud of the performances in the last two games. I said before the game that [Bristol Rovers] was only one game, this is only two games! We need to watch the game back and get onto Morecambe because it's important we keep progressing."

County now have some time off from League Two duty but will be aiming to keep up with recent tradition by starting a run in the FA Cup when we start our campaign at Morecambe this coming Saturday. 


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