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James Rowberry: "We showed great character"

24 January 2022

Newport County boss James Rowberry was happy to secure back-to-back wins and clean sheets as he believes his team showed great character in the 1-0 win over Scunthorpe on Saturday.

County dominated the game at Glanford Park on Saturday, but came up against home keeper Rory Watson in inspired form who pulled off a string of top saves to limit Newport to just the one goal.

Nick Townsend was called into action 20 minutes from time though to save a penalty to keep the Exiles' one-goal lead in tact and ensured that it wasn't two points dropped at lowly Scunthorpe.

"[I'm] delighted that, first of all, it's back-to-back wins, it's two clean sheets. We showed great character to do what we needed to do. Just because they're 23rd in the league, it doesn't mean you can turn up to Scunthorpe and turn them over," Rowberry began in his post-match press conference.

"We've had 25 shots at goal, we defended our goal terrifically. Even though they've had six shots on goal we've defended terrifically at times - in a nutshell: I'm really, really pleased with our performance today."

Courtney Baker-Richardson got the solitary goal of the game with a towering header to guide Jake Cain's free-kick from the right into the back of the net on 56 minutes.

"From all our play, we've scored from a set play with Courtney Baker-Richardson, who I thought was fantastic today," Rowberry continued.

Attention now turns to Leyton Orient on Tuesday, with the midweek fixture in London providing a quick turnaround in fixtures for Newport.

"The two things I'm pleased with are back-to-back wins and back-to-back clean sheets but now we've got to Leyton Orient which will be a tough, tough game by the way. Their league position does not reflect where they are within the division. They've got a very experienced manager in Kenny Jackett who I respect a lot for what he's done in the game.

"Two important things for me now are sleep and nutrition, we have to prepare as best as we possibly can for Tuesday's game.

"People have questioned our robustness and our industriousness of late and that annoyed me, and annoyed us as a group. We've used that as motivation. I think we're clear of how we want to play with possession of the ball - the cliche is 'earn the right to play', I hate that cliche but we're proving that, especially in the last two games."


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