Graham Coughlan | “It was a really strong performance..."

Manager Graham Coughlan took great satisfaction in the defensive performance his side displayed in Saturday’s 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.

The Exiles made a dream start to the contest taking the lead after nine minutes. A neat lay-off from Offrande Zanzala teed-up Bryn Morris who struck home a trademark goal.  

Kyle Jameson then doubled County’s lead in the second half when he finished from Adam Lewis’ cross to net his first goal of the campaign. 

“It’s another three points and it adds to our total,” began the Exiles boss.

“It was a really strong performance. We were really good particularly in the first half, we defended well with balls into the box and stood up to everything. 

"It was a typical League Two away game, balls into the box and a lot of questions being asked. Thankfully our lads stood up and I thought they did that magnificently. 

“To get a clean sheet here is a big ask. It’s a difficult place to come too, they don’t tend to lose many so to come out of here with the points and a clean sheet, I’ve got to take my hat off to them. 

“We knew it was going to be tough. We knew how good their defensive record is and the amount of clean sheets they've had, but at the end of the day we were two-nil winners and deservingly so. 

“I’m really pleased for the lads because they’re a great group like I keep saying. The win takes us two points off our target of 57 points. It’s last years total so if we do get to 57 we can re-align and set a different target. At this moment though, we need to surpass where we were at last season first.

“Everyone has come out and backed us to get to this total,” he added.

“Even when days don’t go well we can still hear the amber army shouting and clapping us off the park. That is massive, that is huge. 

“We’ve got proper, proper fans here at this football club and they have had a big part to play in the 12 months we’ve had. It has been hard but they’ve  tuck with us and I’m delighted for them that we’re winning games of football.

“They’re a tremendous fan base and I’m glad we can put smiles on faces.”