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James Rowberry: "I don't particularly want a high-scoring game!"

4 February 2022

While Saturday's game at Forest Green looks set to be a thriller, County boss James Rowberry does not want a high-scoring game at the New Lawn.

Newport will be backed by over 1,200 fans in Nailsworth for tomorrow's 3pm kick-off at the New Lawn for what could be a classic given it's 1st vs 3rd in the League Two table.

Speaking on the sold-out away end, manager James Rowberry said: "It's amazing, the fans here are terrific. I think even the Barrow game we sold 700 tickets.

"I think we could've sold [Saturday] out two-fold, we could've got 2,400 at Forest Green if we were allowed the allocation, so I'm really proud of the fans. It'll be a tough game tomorrow, we'll need them tomorrow."

Newport and Forest Green are the two best attacking sides in the division so far this season with County having scored 46 goals this season while FGR have netted 56 times.

The top three goal scorers in League Two go head-to-head as well with Dom Telford leading the chart on 20 while Matt Stevens and Jamille Matt both have 17 each, with three players sharing 54 goals between them so far this campaign.

County have kept three clean sheets in their past four games though, and Rowberry would prefer that type of win on Saturday.

"We've got the highest Expected Goals in the league and they've got the second-highest Expected Goals in the league so it looks, on paper, that it will be a high-scoring game.

"I don't particularly want a high-scoring game if I'm honest as I'm learning as a football manager but I just want us to have a positive performance and do what we can do and focus on what we can do.

"They're top of the league by a reasonable amount of points right now and they have an ability to be progressive with their play, build it up through the thirds and penetrate the opposition back line, but they also have the ability to be direct and play into their strike force.

"They are a good team, they've got a very good manager in Rob [Edwards]. I've known Rob a long time through FAW courses, but as always we'll focus on us."


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