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James Rowberry: "Get the Process Right"

29 October 2021

County gaffer James Rowberry is "excited" for his first home match in charge of the Exiles but wants his players to focus on performances.

The Rowberry Era got off to the perfect start last Saturday with a 3-1 win at Bristol Rovers, but the man at the helm at Rodney Parade is keen to ensure that no-one gets ahead of themselves.

"It's important that we continue the good work that's gone on before and I've just got to try and keep moving forward.

"We haven't won anything or done anything yet, it's one game and myself and the team have got to keep moving us forward," Rowberry began.

"What's important is that, first and foremost, we put in a good performance. We talk about processes a lot. I think if we can get the process right then the performance and result will follow."

Maximum points at the weekend will get County our first back-to-back wins of the campaign, something Rowberry stressed the importance of in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning.

"At any level in the Football League, back-to-back wins is a really important thing to do, they can really give you progression up the division.

"At the minute it's about going game-by-game, we focus on Stevenage and then the FA Cup. The only important thing in my mind is Saturday.

"It's been a great week but it'll be an even greater week if we can put a solid performance in on Saturday."

We are boosted by the return of Ryan Haynes and Ed Upson after the conclusion of their one-match suspension but Matt Dolan is unavailable for selection after coming off injured in the first half last weekend.

"I'm pleased that [Haynes and Upson are] back available because they're good players and good lads," Rowberry said of the returning pair.

Saturday's visitors Stevenage are currently without a win in their last four league games without a goal in their last three matches and currently occupy 20th in the League Two table, but they will not be underestimated on Saturday afternoon.

"They'll be well organised so we've just got to concentrate on what we'll try and do. We've got to get ourselves right with regards to our processes and putting them in place to ensure that we can get a positive performance that leads to a positive result," Rowberry continued.

"In stages on the pitch Saturday, where you look at the team and the midfield we had - they're all good footballers. They can all take possession of the ball, be brave and take the ball under pressure.

"Our supporters won't get on top of us for trying to do the right thing, I know that, I've been a supporter here myself. I'm clear what we're trying to do as a collective, we've just got to be comfortable in what we're trying to do with our process.

"It's my first home game. I'm excited, looking forward to it. I didn't get carried away on Saturday. To be honest, I'm just thinking about the performance so we can have a great week but it's important that the lads put the performance in and if we put the right performance then hopefully we can reap the rewards of that."


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