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JAMES ROWBERRY: Port Vale win shows what we're capable of

3 May 2022

Newport County boss James Rowberry believes the win at Port Vale on Bank Holiday Monday shows what his side is capable of.

County won their final away game of the 2021-22 season at promotion-chasing Port Vale who needed a win to keep their realistic chances of making an automatic promotion spot on the final day next weekend.

Ryan Haynes gave County a third-minute lead in front of the Sky Sports cameras before Ben Garrity levelled matters six minutes into the second half. 

Finn Azaz settled matters in the 72nd minute though with a fine volley after Matt Dolan's corner was headed into the path of the Aston Villa loanee.

A passionate, home sell-out home crowd at Vale Park was not enough to deter the men in Amber and manager James Rowberry was proud of the performance of his players to overcome the pressures.

"It shows what we're capable of," he began at full-time.

"What the challenge is for me, the players and the staff now is dealing with those moments of pressure that we've got to come through and I know that we'll work on that in the off-season with regards with the work that we'll do and the recruitment and we've got to ensure that we build on what we're trying to do here.

"What pleased me today was the lads' attitude and focus - that cliche of nothing to play for and we demonstrated what we're about today.

"When the crowd come on top of you, you can see the pressure that mounts and that's something we've got to deal with as well when it's roles reversed. I'm looking forward to meeting that challenge head-on and moving this club forward."

The Gaffer made a pre-match tactical switch, opting for a 3-5-2 set-up to counter Vale as opposed to a 4-2-2-2 approach in recent weeks.

"We've gone 3-5-2, 4-box-2 and 4-3-1-2, the base of the builds gave us a bit more solidity behind the ball. It was always in my head to play 3-5-2 at Port Vale and it's a system that's had success at the football club but the principles don't change and you can see that in what we do. I was delighted with the lads' performances today."

County close out their campaign with a home game against Rochdale, and while both teams have, in terms of league status, the certainty of knowing they will be in League Two next season, Rowberry insists him and his players want momentum going into the end-of-season break.

"We've got to keep momentum, it's that last game at home, that's important for us and it's our motivation for the game," he finished.


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