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James Rowberry: "It's a game-by-game mentality"

25 February 2022

Newport County boss James Rowberry is not getting drawn into any 'must-win' narrative as the Exiles prepare to take on yet another promotion rival.

Tranmere Rovers, who are currently 3rd in League Two, visit Rodney Parade on Saturday as they become the latest promotion challenger to take on County in recent weeks after Forest Green, Northampton and Mansfield all being recent opponents.

County gaffer Rowberry is not being drawn into 'must-win' conclusions however, with him and his side purely focused on games as they come.

"It's a game-by-game mentality, we focus on purely what we need to do to get our processes right," he said ahead of Saturday's game.

Newport will be without both Courtney Baker-Richardson and Josh Pask for the next six weeks with the pair both picking up hamstring injuries this week that will rule them out for a significant period of time.

Again though, Rowberry is focused on the positives, with the boss having full faith in the chosen replacements being more than capable of filling the voids left by Baker-Richardson and Pask.

"It's a chance for somebody to step up and the lads, to be fair, always train so well that we've got players in departments that can step into positions to go onto produce for us tomorrow," Rowberry said.

"I look at it from a positive point of view that we've got players that can step up to the plate and hopefully deliver for us.

"You've Rob Street, Alex Fisher, Lewis Collins, Timmy Abraham that can come in [for Baker-Richardson], we've got lads that have been training and their attitude and application has been first class. I have no issue with either of them stepping up to the plate tomorrow."

Newport were boosted this week by the arrival of new assistant manager Carl Serrant, an addition Rowberry believes will be a great addition to the club.

"I'm delighted to bring Carl in, I think it's a great appointment for the football club. He offers a real holistic approach to what we're trying to do and how we're trying to build and move things forward.

"I'm delighted it was a smooth process with Cardiff. Carl is someone I've worked closely with for five years, I knew how Carl would benefit what we're trying to achieve.

"Carl has ultimately been Head of Performance but he's always more than that. He's helped shape my way of work, helped shape my style, how I operate and, for me, he's already been assistant manager at Cardiff City but under the radar in how he works. I think it's a really great appointment for the football club and for me."


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