James Rowberry: "We showed grit"

James Rowberry praised his side's character after a hard-fought 2-0 win at lowly Stevenage at the weekend.

County secured back-to-back wins and clean sheets with Saturday's triumph at the Lamex but they had to wait for the breakthrough against an organised Stevenage who are fighting for every point in their battle against the drop.

Rob Street notched his first Newport goal three minutes after the restart and Ryan Haynes got County the two-goal cushion 20 minutes from time with a superb finish from the edge of the box in his 250th game as a professional.

"We've come out of the traps in the second half, got the goals and it's a thoroughly-deserved win from all aspects for me. All I ask for is maximum effort, attitude and desire and they've shown that," the boss said at full-time.

"You always need that second goal to try and get in a strong position in the game. We did that and we've seen it out, it's back-to-back clean sheets I'm delighted with that as well.

"We've still got areas to improve, and we will improve, but it's 2-0 away from home and a clean sheet against a team who are fighting for their lives, have got an excellent manager and we've shown our grit today."

Saturday was the first hurdle in a challenging week for the Exiles, who now face the long trip to Carlisle ahead of the match on Tuesday night (19:45 kick-off) before hosting Hartlepool on Friday night (also 19:45) in a tough stretch of three games in six games for Rowberry and his players.

Carlisle are also in the lower reaches of the table, but County will come up against a resurgent side in the Cumbrians on Tuesday.

"We've now got to go and play Carlisle who have won four on the spin so the focus goes purely onto Carlisle and it's our next-game mentality."