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REACTION | Mickey Demetriou: “Our fightback really showed our character"

7 September 2021

Mickey Demetriou says Newport County AFC’'s fightback against Leyton Orient was a true display of their character.

Goals from skipper Matty Dolan and substitute Dom Telford saw the Exiles, who trailed twice against the O's, earn a draw at Rodney Parade.

“I think our fightback really showed our character and it was great to give the fans something to cheer about since they haven’t properly been here for a long time," said Demetriou.

"The fans showed up in their numbers again today which they always do. We always have a good crowd at home so we’re looking forward to seeing them again.

"Hopefully they enjoyed the game and they’ll be back again for the next home game next week."

Orient striker Harry Smith twice put the visitors ahead and proved to be a handful for the Exiles throughout the game but County remained resilient to earn a share of the spoils.

"It was a tough game, they are a very good and experienced side who spent a lot in the summer but I thought we played well.

"We were disappointed in the goals we conceded, two headers that were scored by their target-man.

"He [Harry Smith] is one of the best strikers in the league right now, he’s 6ft five and an old-school forward. But he doesn’t just stand still, he does all the hard work for them as well which is alway hard to defend against."

It was Demetriou's second appearance of the season after returning to action following a few weeks out on the sidelines with injury.

He added: "It was nice to be back, I missed the last four games and everyone knows that I don’t like missing games. 

"I’ve worked hard off the pitch to get back as quickly and as fit as I can."


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