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James Rowberry: "We've got to learn from our mistakes."

9 February 2022

Newport County boss James Rowberry wants his team to learn from the defeats at promotion-chasing Forest Green and Northampton ahead of the upcoming five-game home stretch.

County were beaten 1-0 by Northampton on Tuesday night and sit seventh going into a unique run of five home games on the bounce as the Exiles look to play themselves back into form.

Rowberry wants his players to put the two defeats to promotion chasers behind them and focus on Oldham on Saturday.

"We’ve got to focus on Oldham. Of course it’s not ideal having two defeats on the bounce but we were playing two teams at the top of the table," Rowberry said.

"We’ve just got to learn from our mistakes and get on with it. We’ve got five home games and it will be important for us to have our fans right behind us.

"It is an important time and we have to go game-to-game. We’ve got 16 games and 10 at home, which will be really important for us.

"Oldham will be a tough game. They are in a relegation fight and a manager [John Sheridan] is coming back to his old club. It’s not going to be easy, no game is in this division."

Tuesday was a closely-fought encounter at Sixfields and set-piece Northampton proved it again with a goal via a corner eight minutes from time.

“It’s a disappointing result because I think that a draw would have been a fair reflection of the game. They had chances and we had chances but to get done at a set play was disappointing.

“Northampton force you back and put the ball in behind you, so if you don’t get your clearances right then they end up on top of you and creating opportunities on goal [from set plays].

“We had some decent chances and they made a few good blocks in the first half. We just didn’t defend that key moment of the game.”


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