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Wayne Hatswell focuses on positives after Exeter draw

18 October 2021

Newport County caretaker boss Wayne Hatswell was pleased with his side's efforts in the 2-2 draw at Exeter on Saturday.

County played out a 2-2 draw at St.James Park and were left frustrated by only taking one point rather than three from Devon after Robbie Willmott and Courtney Baker-Richardson twice put us in the lead at 1-0 and 2-1 respectively.

While Hatswell was obviously hoping for the win, he was happy to take the positives after a draw away from home at a tough ground to play at.

It now means that Hatswell has earned five points from a possible nine while holding the fort in charge at Rodney Parade, with a 3-0 win over Scunthorpe being followed by draws at home to Bradford (0-0) and now Exeter, as Hatswell's reign is still unbeaten in the league.

"I've said to the group that they're starting the game with a bit more of an understanding about each other and some of the football we played was really good at times," Hatswell said.

"Once we got going again after Exeter's second goal, I thought we were excellent.

"Goals change games and they got more of a lift once they got the equaliser but I'm going to focus on the positives of what we did today.

"[Exeter] isn't an easy place to come to, the crowd get behind them and I felt we kept them quite quiet because we can keep the ball at times and it took the sting out the crowd a bit for them and that was pleasing.

"We've got a good group who want to work, maybe we just need a bit of Lady Luck to go on an unbeaten run so we can stay around that top 10 and then you never know.

"It's a long season and there's a long way to go."

There is no time to dwell on Saturday's draw as attentions now turn to tomorrow's hosting of Carlisle at Rodney Parade.

Carlisle are currently managerless following the departure of manager Chris Beech on October 10 and the Cumbrians face a 568-mile round trip in midweek, two scenarios that Hatswell wants to take advantage of on Tuesday.

"We've got a really big game on Tuesday now, that'll be key. No game is easy in this league, they're a club that's coming to us in the same sort of scenario.

They've got a long trip ahead so we need to make sure we start the game really well and put them on the back foot straight away."


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