JAMES ROWBERRY: "We showed great resilience"

Newport County manager James Rowberry praised his side's resilience as they came from behind to start the 2022-23 EFL Trophy campaign with a win.

County went 1-0 down early in the second half at Exeter last night, but secured a win in the first group game of the EFL Trophy thanks to goals from Chanka Zimba and Omar Bogle.

It has been a difficult week for the club, with a break-in at the training ground occuring before the Exeter game, and boss Rowberry was proud of his players for how they responded on the pitch.

"I was really pleased with everybody, especially after the day we had with the break-in.

"We came together, managed the situation and brushed it off with me and Carl [Serrant, assistant manager] dealing with the police in the morning.

"It wasn’t ideal but on the field I couldn’t have been more pleased and the lads showed great resilience by coming from a goal behind again.

"At the back we’ve got that solidity now which we have been searching for – they worked their socks as they do every game."


County will also take on Forest Green Rovers and Southampton U21s in the group stage of the EFL Trophy.