Graham Coughlan | "It’s not good enough..."

Manager Graham Coughlan was left feeling frustrated after his side fell to a 3-1 defeat against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night.

Bryn Morris gave the Exiles an early lead, however Alex Henderson equalised before the break and second half goals from Tommy Leigh and Joe Pritchard gave the visitors all three points. 

"It was fustrating," said Coughlan. 

"Frustration has been the last few weeks. I think I’m beyond it now. It’s not good enough, we know that but when you take a set of boys and take them on as far as they can go this is probably what happens.

“There’s two ways of looking at it, I know what they are. I know what they give us and I know what they have been given us but I’m really annoyed, angry, frustrated, and all of those emotions. 

“I can only imagine what the fans are feeling but like I say they’re my group of players and I have to stand in front of the media and front it up.”

"I have to take the hits and the blame, and at the end of the day we just don’t have the depth to compete at the deep end of the season and that’s frustrating.”

"The lads have kept going, they are trying to dig deep, they just physically can't."

He added: “Nick didn’t play tonight, he’s bumped and bruised. He’s taken a lot of hits over the last few weeks. 

“We tried to rest Will [Evans], we had to bring him on after 45 minutes but there’s some players that shouldn’t be on the pitch.

“That’s resting them, they’re carrying bumps and knocks but the majority of people looking at that tonight would say yeah they shouldn’t be on the pitch due to lack of quality.” 

After making his professional debut on Saturday against Grimsby, Jac Norris was handed his home debut at Rodney Parade, being brought on with just under ten minutes to go in the contest.

And Coughlan was delighted to see the academy player on the pitch. 

“Jac is a very brave individual,” finished Coughlan. He’ll accept the ball and he’ll try and play. 

“He’s got a long way to go in his career, we’ve got a lot of work to do on Jac with the shape of his game and the discipline and the position.

“That’s the same with young Nelson [Sanca] on the bench, it’s great experience for the two of them. You’ve seen Harrison [Bright] aswell, Harrison’s a few years older and has come through and kicked on. We’ve got some really good projects.”

You can watch Graham Coughlan's full post-match press conference HERE.