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James Rowberry: My Newport will excite people

22 October 2021

Newport boss James Rowberry says his County team will "excite people" as he previewed his first game as Exiles gaffer, away at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Rowberry, who was named new Newport manager on Wednesday, has only had one full session with the group as he gets to grips with life at Rodney Parade but he already knows what he wants from his players.

"It will be a team that will excite people, that's what I hope," Rowberry said.

"First and foremost, they'll run through a brick wall for their supporters and will give their all in tackles, races, headers, duels, battles and be a team that wants to play football and score goals.

"It will be horses for courses at different stages of games where we'll try and play or go direct depending on situational moments of the game."

It's a baptism of fire for Rowberry with the relatively short journey to Bristol promising to add a dash of extra spice from both sets of fans in what should be an interesting encounter at the Memorial Stadium.

"Derbies give you that extra percentage that you might not normally have, we've got to ensure we focus on what we do and not let the occasion override it, which I know it won't with this group of lads," Rowberry continued.

Bristol Rovers are recently relegated to League Two after finishing bottom of League One last season and initially struggled this season, but have since had an upturn in form as they have picked up five points from a possible nine in their previous three league games.

On Rovers, Rowberry said: "They're 17th in the league at the moment, they'll be industrious - a bit like [manager] Joey [Barton] was as a player. They'll be hard-working and they've changed system quite a few times this season so we'll have to be prepared for that.

"But make no illusions, the focus for me and my team and my staff will be about us and that's what we've got to focus on: Newport County."

Rowberry and his players will be backed by a loud and passionate Amber Army, who have sold out their away allocation for tomorrow's match.

"To get 1,100 fans across to an away game for Saturday is amazing so I'm really, really looking forward to it," Rowberry added.

 


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