Thursday, March 12, 2020

AFTER a very disappointing result last week away to Oldham, Newport County were back to winning ways on Saturday with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Morecambe. It wasn’t exactly a vintage performance by the team but sometimes the performance goes out the window and it is all about winning the game, whatever the cost.

There have been games recently when we have been paying well but come away empty handed, so it was nice to come out on the right side of the result especially with the goal we scored which was a bit lucky.

We could have conceded late on but a great clearance off the line won us all three points in the end. It would have been a sickener for us to have only got a point from the position we were in. But we got a slice of luck.

It is up to us to try and build on that result as we face into a very tough week with two games away from home. First up we face a long trip north to play Carlisle United tonight (Tuesday). It’s always tough to get a result there. In the past four seasons when I have played there my team has suffered last-minute heartbreak conceding late goals to drop points, so hopefully this year will be different.

Carlisle will have revenge on their minds against us though as they conceded very late against us earlier in the season and had to travel home empty handed after putting in a great performance for 90 minutes before one moment of magic denied all their hard work.

It has been a disappointing season for Carlisle so far and they are coming into the game on the back of a poor home result but we know only too well how quickly teams can bounce back so we need to be ready from the first whistle.

If things aren’t going well for them early in the game, we know their supporters will become even more frustrated which in turn will make life more difficult for the home side, so it is up to us to make sure that happens.

This game is one of our two games in hand. So a win will push us up possibly four or five places in the league depending on the result. To get back into the top half of the table would be a big psychological boost for us.

On Saturday we have a trip to bottom-side Stevenage who are fighting for their lives down there and need every point they can get. Our club knows that feeling when everyone is writing you off, including your own fans, but one result can swing the momentum back in your favour and get you on a winning run to guide the team to safety.

They have 10 games left to do the unthinkable and save themselves, but we want to pile more misery on them and put a nail in their coffin to hopefully make it nine points in a week.

It will be a massive ask for us to do that, especially with a depleted squad, but we will give it our all. If we were to get maximum points from the games it would make the teams just above us worry a little bit and they will be looking over their shoulders knowing what we did at the end of last season when we went on an unbeaten run to make the play-offs.

We are probably a few points off where we need to be on to go on a similar run this year, but we will give it everything to prolong the season for as long as possible. There is no point looking too far ahead though because if we do, one result could derail our season so as the old cliché goes, we will take it one game at a time.

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