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James Rowberry: "There's more to come from us."

31 January 2022

Newport County manager James Rowberry was pleased his side continued their good form, but insists there is more to come from the Exiles.

Saturday's 2-1 win at home at Barrow was Newport's fourth win in a row following victories against Harrogate, Scunthorpe and Leyton Orient, but County are not in top gear yet according to the boss.

Dom Telford's goals in the second and 12th minute put County 2-0 up early on but Barrow got back in it just after the hour with Newport doing enough to see out the game for another important three points to keep them 3rd.

"I thought in the first 20 minutes of the game we were excellent. The most pleasing thing for me today is that I know there's more to come from us. We've won 2-1 home, we've had four wins on the spin, three games in seven games, and I still know there's more to come from this team," Rowberry said.

"We put ourselves on the game, we showed our quality, we got ahead, we got those goals, and then we've had a backs-against-the-wall job. When you go 2-0 down and you're near the bottom of the league, you tend to let the shackles off, it's a little bit easier at times. I was desperate to get the third goal before half-time.

"The goal's an unfortunate goal, we've conceded one goal in four games. I just think we need to continue our journey that we're going on."

With his brace, Telford became the first County player since John Aldridge in 1983-84 to score 20 league goals for Newport in a single season.

"He was superb, he was brilliant. I'm really pleased for him because he's been out for a little bit. In fairness to him, to get to [20 goals] is some achievement for a Newport County player, it's amazing really.

"The team supplies him with some great opportunities for him, it's a credit to them, and I think Dom will be the first person to say that.

"They were good team goals, we demonstrated that really, really well which is really pleasing."

Newport now prepare for a tough away game at league leaders Forest Green on Saturday.


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