Graham Coughlan | "It was a very strong performance..."

Manager Graham Coughlan praised his side’s ‘emphatic’ performance after they secured a convincing 4-1 victory against Barnet on Tuesday night.

The Exiles booked their place in Round 3 of the Emirates FA Cup after goals from Lewis Payne, Omar Bogle, Seb Palmer-Houlden and an own goal from Daniele Collinge rounded off a clinical display for County in London.

“The objective was to get through,” said Coughlan.

“It was a real tough encounter for us tonight and I think we learned a lot from the last game. We carried out a lot of tactics and had a game plan in place and the lads were spot on. 

“Dean [Brennan] has got his team playing really well at the moment, they are playing with a load of confidence and have some really good players so we knew it was going to be tough.

“I don’t want to single Seb out but I thought the team as a whole were superb tonight. I thought Scot Bennett and Bryn in the middle were solid, and Aaron Wildig and Omar too. Everyone put a shift in, to be honest. 

“It was a very strong performance all-round and very positive from our point of view. For me, you know, I’m not going to rest on my morals, I ask for consistency from the lads and even more each week. I don’t want to take anything away from the lads tonight but we can have more days like tonight, I know we’re capable of it. 

“In all fairness, performance levels have been really strong this season and it’s only the odd occasion where I will have a go at the lads for their performance levels. 

“I just want to win all the time so emotions can be high on the touchline but fair play to the boys that was emphatic tonight. The whole team were spot on.”

Following tonight’s win the Exiles will now host National League side Eastleigh in the Third Round and Coughlan is well aware of the next task at hand. 

“It’s going to be another tough game but all focus is now on Saturday,” he added.

“We watched them obviously against Reading in the cup the other week so we know they set up really well. 

“They have top players and plenty of goals in them so it will be a tough, tough encounter.”

Newport County return to action on Saturday afternoon as they host Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League at Rodney Parade (3pm).