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Scot Bennett | “It was a really good team performance”

29 October 2023

Club News

Scot Bennett | “It was a really good team performance”

29 October 2023

Long-serving Exile Scot Bennett praised Newport County's battling spirit after earning a 2-0 victory against Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium.

After entering the game winless in their last four league outings, a superb first-half brace from Omar Bogle saw Graham Coughlan’s men return to winning ways and secure maximum points on the road in Kent.

Bennett, who began the day in a slightly deeper role within County’s backline, was full of praise for the side’s performance. 

“It was a good team performance,” he said post-match.

“I think once we got into the lead we just tried to catch them (Gillingham) on the break, if I’m being honest, because they were throwing everything at us in the end there. 

“We were trying to just catch them high up and then use the ball to break when we had the opportunity. It worked well, especially at the end of the game, where we probably could have scored on a few chances.

“The aim was a clean sheet," he explained.

"We’ve been close in games already this season but it’s just been sloppy mistakes which have let us down. So today that was about that and we didn’t make any mistakes. We switched off for one (chance) right at the end of the first half but luckily they (Gillingham) missed, but that was the only real clean-cut opportunity they had.

“At half time the gaffer just said to us to do more of the same. Don’t get too deep and allow them to keep coming and coming.

"At the start of the second half we had to weather a little storm for a bit, but we came out of it really well. In the end, it was bodies on the line, don’t let the ball go in and try and score on the break.” 

From the penalty spot on Saturday afternoon, Bogle netted his fifth and sixth goal of the campaign and Bennett was left particularly pleased with his striker’s individual contribution.

“Omar is brilliant for this team," Bennett confirmed.

"He gets a lot of stick sometimes but he works so hard up there and he’s on his own a lot of the time. In games he just bullies people and we’ve got to keep giving him the ball and letting him do his thing. 

“He scores a lot of goals and that’s what we want him to do as a team.” 

You can watch the Exiles back in action this Tuesday night when they host West Ham u21's in the EFL Trophy.

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