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James Rowberry looks ahead to Bradford trip

25 March 2022

County manager James Rowberry is expecting a "tough game" in Saturday's game at Bradford City.

Bradford are in a secure 15th in League Two, 15 points away from both the play-off positions and the relegation zone going into the weekend's fixtures.

County meanwhile are in the promotion dog fight with only six points seperating 2nd and 10th in a tight League Two this season with Newport currently occupying 6th.

Rowberry refuses to get ahead of himself though and stressed the importance of going game-by-game.

"We focus on Bradford. I know we want to talk about promotion and we want to talk automatic positions but I'm not but I'm just focused on what we've got to do to get a good performance in against Bradford to hopefully get a positive result for us.

"I think as a group we can only look at the next game, focus on that and keep moving forward that way."

Wales legend Mark Hughes is now in the dugout at Valley Parade, and Rowberry is looking forward to going toe-to-toe with 'Sparky.'

"It will be a tough game in the sense that they're a strong team with an excellent manager who's got an amazing track record.

"[Hughes' appointment] shows where the league's at and what competition's like at the minute to work in the game. I think he's an amazing manager from what I've seen over the years and I'm really looking forward to meeting him tomorrow.

"They play 4-3-3 with a deep-lyer, we've got to be able to get pressure on the ball early to stop him playing but obviously they've got [Andy] Cook up front who's threat we're going to have to deal with. We've got to nullify what they can do.

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