Seb Palmer-Houlden | “That goal meant a lot, particularly after coming back from injury…”

Palmer-Houlden reflects on his recent appearances as well as speaking ahead of Newport's clash with Grimsby Town.

Palmer-Houlden returned from injury in early November after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Since then, the striker has scored two goals, one being the winner against Morecambe to secure the Exiles an important three points on the road and the other sealing Newport’s FA Cup win against Barnet to book their spot in round three of the Emirates FA Cup.

Palmer-Houlden has ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ being back on the pitch for a full 90-minutes as well as bagging a well-taken goal and being awarded player of the match at Barnet while sealing the victory: “That [goal] one was really good,” began the striker.

“I really enjoyed the whole game, I think it suited me perfectly. It gave me the opportunity to get in behind the defence and grab that goal. I think that was the goal that pushed us over the finishing line and be able to see the game out relatively stress free.

“That goal meant a lot, particularly after coming back from injury, it meant a lot.”

Coughlan has had to be cautious when implementing the striker back into his squad and has had to ‘manage’ Palmer-Houlden back to full-fitness. Although this process can be a frustrating time for a player, the Bristol City loanee is starting to see the fruits of his labour: “My hamstring isn’t giving me any problems or concerns now,” he started.

“I feel quicker and fitter than before, I feel sharper. I think the whole process was a learning experience for me to take care of my body better when I’m off the pitch so I can continue putting the performances on it.”

Palmer-Houlden isn’t the only player that has recently returned from injury, the likes of Aaron Wildig, Harry Charsley and James Clarke add to Coughlan’s inventory as he looks to put out the strongest possible squad for the upcoming games: “With the return of the lads, Adam [Lewis] is coming back soon we’re able to build some real squad strength and depth too.

“While having young lads is good sometimes you need that experienced head to come off the bench and make an impact, as we return to our full strength squad, I genuinely believe that anything can happen,” confirmed the forward.

The hungry striker won’t want to rest on his laurels, Seb will want to continue to make an impression as the Exiles face a relentless run of games as they approach the festive period of the campaign. Grimsby (Saturday, 16 December), Wrexham (Saturday, 23 December), Forest Green Rovers (Tuesday, 26 December) as well as FA Cup action awaits the Exiles in the coming weeks and Seb will be looking to continue in his rich vein of goalscoring form: “I love the games coming thick and fast.

“It’s the best part of playing football, so bring it on…" Stated the striker.

You can watch Seb Palmer-Houlden in action tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, 16 December) as the Exiles host Grimsby Town at Rodney Parade. Secure your ticket HERE.