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James Rowberry: "Every game is a test"

11 March 2022

Newport County boss James Rowberry insists him and his team won't take Stevenage lightly this weekend.

Stevenage are currently 21st in League Two and without a win in seven as they battle against the drop to Non-League while County are aiming to escape League Two in the other fashion.

Rowberry and his players will not be underestimating Stevenage, with County making the trip to Hertfordshire on Saturday.

County face a daunting challenge of three games over six days this week, with Saturday being followed by that long trip to Carlisle on Tuesday night before we host Hartlepool on Friday night.

"Every game is a test, with this one it's the travelling elements and the journeys we've got to take - that's football, that's life and that's why we prepare the way that we do in training and the meetings we do," Rowberry said. "The environment we set is to prepare for things like this so I'm really comfortable with it.

"We've got to stay in the moment and we'll continue to stay in the moment.

"This football club has had experiences before with 'The Great Escape' and what it means to try to get results and they're the underdog in this game because of the position we are in the league but we can't think of it like that.

"They're fighting for their lives and we have to give respect to them like we have every other team."

Paul Tisdale is the man at the helm at the Lamex Stadium, a manager who has past promotions to League One with the likes of Exeter and MK Dons, and Rowberry is an admirer of the Stevenage boss.

"They've got an excellent manager, someone I've always looked at when I was starting off in my coaching journey and watching him when he was at Exeter so I have the utmost respect for Paul and we need to show them the utmost respect that they deserve.

"We're going to have to try and take control of it, and control the game early. What you get with Paul Tisdale is that he's got quite a lot of flexibility with the systems that he plays - I think he's played five different systems in three different games so we've got to prepare for that."


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