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James Rowberry: "We want to be winners"

15 November 2021

County manager James Rowberry will not be getting carried away with his side's good form, with the focus on getting the processes right being his priority.

Friday night's 2-1 win at Hartlepool was Newport's third successive win in the league which sees the Exiles move up into the play-off picture in League Two.

Dom Telford's last-minute winner at Victoria Park kept up the gaffer's 100% record in the league and, while the fans would have enjoyed the dramatic nature of the win, Rowberry is satisfied with another three points on the board.

"I've lost my voice, I'm really pleased with the performance. I'm just happy to get the three points today, I'm pleased for my players and pleased for my staff," Rowberry said

"I said to the lads before the game that it's important we continue with our processes, but please don't take that away from the fact that we want to be winners.

"I talk a lot about getting the getting the process right, getting the performance right but it's important that we try and win and be winners all over the pitch. Through a little bit of adversity when they get the goal, we showed our courage and character and that's one of the most pleasing things for me tonight.

"I'm conscious that I'm not going to get carried away with [our position in the table] so I'll continue to do what I do, so will the team and my staff."

Rowberry still thinks that there are things to improve on though, noticeably how his players start the second halves after not thinking that the players moved the ball well enough in the opening stages of the second 45.

"I thought first half we were excellent, the first 10 minutes of the second half we didn't take the ball well enough. We didn't pass it like I thought we could in the first half. That's something to work on - when we come back out for the second period we need to take the ball better.

"Take nothing away from my team and my staff tonight, they were amazing and credit to the supporters who traveled all this way and I'm sure all of them and the people watching at home on iFollow would be proud of our display."


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