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James Rowberry: "We've got to bounce back"

8 November 2021

County manager James Rowberry was naturally disappointed in Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Morecambe, but he will not let it affect him too much.

County's FA Cup campaign ended after the one game at the weekend, with League One Morecambe winning 1-0 at a wet and windy Mazuma Stadium, but Newport controlled the game in large portions of the match and boss Rowberry stressed the importance of his side taking their chances.

"I think we showed our quality but goals change games but we've got to take our chances," Rowberry said.

"Their goalkeeper has made some terrific saves. Principally we tried to do what we tried to do but I promised the lads we'd be consistent in how we do things: win, lose or draw.

"There's a natural disappointment to losing, but performance-wise we didn't score. One moment in the game where we switched off, they get the goal, that's the difference between League One and League Two."

Newport have two opportunities this week to get back to winning way, with the EFL Trophy Group Stage match at Swindon Town on Tuesday being a chance to give some of the fringe players at the squad some much-needed game time. 

"I want to win every game, I want to win the game on Tuesday, I wanted to win [Saturday]. We tried to follow the processes we put in place, we've got to maintain that and stick to that," Rowberry continued.

"Things happen, but we've got to bounce back from it. We need to put a performance in on Tuesday and I'm keen to prepare for every game as best as possible to get results."

Following Swindon Town, County are on the road for the third successive match as we make the long trip to Hartlepool on Friday night (19:45) to make what will be a long-awaited return to league action with our first League Two match in almost a fortnight. 


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