Graham Coughlan | "We'd love to get the win for the fans..."

Manager Graham Coughlan is targeting a winning return to action when his side face Salford City on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

The Exiles host the Ammies at Rodney Parade in the club’s final home game of the 2023/24 season.

After a tough period, resulting in six straight defeats, Coughlan is hoping his side can respond by delivering a worthy performance in front of the Amber Army faithful. 

“We’d love to get a win for the fans in the final home game of the season,” began Coughlan.

“I would love to get beyond our total of last season’s total too and tomorrow is a good opportunity to do that.

“We’re targeting 57 points from last season and we’re currently on 55 points at the moment.

“I can't get away from how we are limping over the finishing line, I wanted it to be so much better.

"There are a lot of lessons to be learned; we will have a little sit down at the end of the season. But tomorrow is a real opportunity for us to get rid of what has gone on over the last few games and really put a show on.

“I believe tomorrow will be a sell-out and we’ll have a good turn out from the fans. We’ve wanted so much more from the last few games but tomorrow gives us a chance to get back to winning ways and get out tenth home win of the season. 

“The last few game have been tough viewing, I’ve looked at one or two players and I have kept changing my mind on them.

“The players still have everything to play for and if people want to be at the club next season and progress with us then they have got to start producing and bringing about better results than the last few games.”

Matty Bondswell and Scot Bennett missed the Exiles’ most recent defeat to Tranmere Rovers last weekend due to injury.

And Coughlan provided an update on his defensive due ahead of tomorrow clash.

“I’ll look at the squad today and see who is fit and who’s not,” added Coughaln. 

“Matty has taken part in light on Tuesday, a full training session on Wednesday so we’ll have to assess him later today. 

“Scott on the other hand has done a light session on Wednesday. He’ll come and train with us today. If he gets through today then he will become available for us tomorrow. 

“Whoever is fit and healthy will probably make the squad and we’ll pick the best and strongest team out of that to get that tenth victory.”

You can watch Graham Coughlan’s full pre-match press conference HERE.