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James Rowberry reflects on Forest Green draw

2 March 2022

County boss James Rowberry was again impressed by his side's character and resilience in the midweek draw at home to league leaders Forest Green.

Finn Azaz put County 1-0 up in the third minute with Jack Aitchison levelling the score 10 minutes into the second half.

Newport created a number of good openings across the 90 minutes but had to show character in the last five minutes as James Clarke was sent off for two yellow card offenses. 

"I thought we created some really good chances tonight. In transition we looked excellent, we just missed that final little bit in the final third with the chances that we had," James Rowberry said at full-time.

"I am absolutely delighted again with my players' resilience, character, just the way they operate. I've said to them in the changing room and I say it quite often because I mean it: it's one of my proudest moments to keep going and going and going so fair play to them."

Ahead of kick-off, fire machines and fireworks were set off to create a lively pre-match atmosphere against the league leaders, with Azaz's early goal capping off the game's build up.

"It was a great start, it fit the atmosphere with everything that was set up for us," Rowberry added.

"[Forest Green] had a great start to the second half where we've lost it in transition, they've switched it, it's one of those things. [A draw] was probably a fair reflection of the game, but if I look back to the performance at Forest Green, if you compare that to tonight I think that shows what we're about and what we can do and what we're capable of."


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