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Dom Telford "reaping the rewards" with fine form

26 October 2021

In-form Newport forward Dom Telford says he is "reaping the rewards" after scoring his second brace in as many games in Saturday's 3-1 win at Bristol Rovers.

Telford bagged his fifth and sixth league goals of the season at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday after he also scoredtwo goals during a 2-2 draw with Carlisle United on Tuesday night. 

"It's been a good week, personally," Telford said.

"I'm buzzing for the squad. A new manager has come in and there's been a real buzz around the place and now we're hoping to kick on and keep this run going."

It's not just quantity for Telford, but quality too with his first at the weekend standing out - a lovely improvised flick to set himself up for a volley from close range to make it 2-0 to County at the time.

The 24-year-old could have had a hat-trick too but at 2-0 he had a good chance well saved by Bristol Rovers keeper James Belshaw.

"I normally only score goals like that in training but I'll take a tap-in, to be honest. As long as I'm doing my job for the team, I'm happy.

"I 100% should've [had a hat-trick]. On another day I've got the match ball but the main thing is that we got the three points and I'm glad [the saved shot] didn't bite us in the backside, luckily we got the three points in the end and we're all buzzing."

Telford feels now he is really in his stride as a Newport player after initially struggling to get regular game time since his arrival in January last year.

"It's not been the easiest ride, I've had a few tough times finding myself out the squad and down the pecking order but, like anything in life, in this industry, it's sink or swim and you've got to put in the hard work and you'll reap the rewards."

It's not just Telford who finds himself in a purple patch though as strike partner Courtney Baker-Richardson has three goals of his own in the last five as their cohesion is starting to blossom, but Telford is under no illusions that the two can't get complacent.

"Courtney's a top player and we've got six or seven top strikers so we know we need to be on our game because there are lads who are ready to step in and take our place but Courtney's working hard and reaping the rewards after a tough start with injury."


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