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James Rowberry: "We showed unbelievable character."

21 February 2022

Newport boss James Rowberry was full of praise for the character of his players to earn a point against in-form Mansfield.

Mansfield arrived in South Wales unbeaten in 10 and went ahead in the second half through an unfortunate deflection off Josh Pask to put the Stags 1-0 up.

County worked hard for their leveller and got it in the final 10 minutes through Dom Telford's penalty after a handball in the box. 

Manager Rowberry was keen to praise the character of his side for keeping going until the end.

"We showed unbelievable character today. We probably didn't start the game as quick as what we'd have liked to and they had a lot of chances in the first half and then I think we stifled them more in the second half. We showed an unbelievable character today which makes me proud of what the lads achieved," Rowberry said.

Mansfield were reduced to 10 men in the final 15 minutes with John-Joe O'Toole shown a straight red card for having his hands round the neck of County forward Courtney Baker-Richardson.

"Naturally when you go against 10 men you're going to get more shots, more crosses and more attempts on goal - that happens, but we showed a character that I thought was tremendous," Rowberry continued.

"You look at how they came to us with the amount of centre midfield players they had in the team, which shows a compliment to us and where we're at and what we're trying to do.

"A lot of teams are starting to stifle us more and what we do, we've shown endeavour and character. It's another team that's had a player sent off against us because I think we're so hard to deal with at times with our movements, our intensity and the way we do things and that's part and parcel of how we do things.

"I see it as a good point today because we showed a real grit, desire and focus to keep going when it was going against us today. All I ask for is that they give their all every week and the rest of it is on me."

Newport face another difficult task next Saturday (3pm) when we host fellow promotion chasers Tranmere Rovers.


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