JAMES ROWBERRY: "We showed we can do both elements of the game"

Newport County manager James Rowberry was pleased that his side showed physicality as well as purity in their play in the 1-1 draw at Sutton.

County went 1-0 down on Saturday afternoon but responded just over 10 minutes later through Omar Bogle's header from Mickey Demetriou's long throw-in.

The result was an led to one more point than Newport got at Gander Green Lane on Easter Monday, and that at least was positive for County boss James Rowberry.

“I was told if you draw your away games and win your home ones then you’re going to do alright. It’s an improvement from last year, it’s a development from last year when we came here and lost," he said.

“We’ve gone a goal down, we’ve come back from a set play. It’s a little bit different when you come to Sutton – you have to adapt your play a little bit. They’re a tough team to play against and I did think we dealt with it particularly well.

“I think we showed we can do both elements of the game. People talk about the purer side which we showed last year but now we’ve shown that physical element of what we do need to do at times as well. They really pressed us and got on top of us. I’m pleased in general with what we did today.

“I don’t think you can judge our midfield on today, because it wasn’t a game we played through them – we went around them and beyond them. What really pleased me today was that we could get around second contacts and first balls.2

Bogle netted on his County debut after he arrived from Hartlepool United in the summer, which Rowberry believes was a just reward for his hard work at the weekend.

“I’m pleased for Omar to get the goal, you can see how hard he worked and that’s why we had to bring him off, we’re lucky to be able to have good subs on the bench to be able to do it."

County are next back in action this weekend when Walsall arrive in South Wales for our first home game of the 2022-23 season. Tickets for that game are available here.