Graham Coughlan | "It was very frustrating to take..."

Manager Graham Coughlan was pleased by Newport’s away performance despite falling to a late 1-1 draw against Sutton United on New Year’s Day.

Shane McLoughlin handed the Exiles the lead with eleven minutes of the contest remaining before a last-gasp strike from Tope Fadahunsi salvaged a point for the hosts in South London. 

“It was very frustrating to take,” began Coughlan.

“We have to deal with the result and it is what it is. It’s a poor goal to give away and I feel for the lads and the supporters. The goal was a basic error and we got punished for it. 

“Everything we asked the lads for we got from them in all fairness. We prepared for the weather, the conditions and the long throws and set pieces, and we dealt with them well.

“We knew we had to fight, we knew we had to battle. The first contact and second balls were important and I thought each and every one of them to a man stood up to the challenge.

“If we had a little bit more quality in the final third we could've hurt them and worked their goalkeeper a little more. 

"Overall, I feel it was a really good away performance and it was just that moment. Unfortunately, we are having too many of 'those moments' which are the catalyst of our own downfall. 

“Everyone on the whole is progressing and we are moving in the right direction, but those silly errors are costing us and we’ve got to cut them out.”

You can watch the all of the Manager's post-match thoughts HERE.

Newport are back in action this Saturday when they welcome Eastleigh to Rodney Parade in round three of the Emirates FA Cup (3pm).