Date: 18th September 2014 at 5:49pm
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Manager Rob Edwards has been pleased with our performances and the results of this week as we looked to bounce back from the loss to Accrington Stanley.

Having spoken ahead of the game last weekend against Hartlepool, Edwards had said he felt it had been a productive week for the team in terms of the training, their attitude and the things that had been worked on as we attempted to stop trying to do things ‘the hardway’ and whilst two draws are only draws, for the gaffer they have helped draw a line under things.

Speaking to the Official Site after the Hartlepool game, the gaffer said the main thing for him over those 90 minutes was that he felt we looked more like ‘a team’ again.

‘We’re delighted with the clean sheet but I’m looking back to last week and thinking we could have won both of these away games but have come away with a point. The clean sheet is the thing to be pleased with.’

Edwards goes on to say that the team were on the front foot more, they took the game to them better and ‘were more of a team than I thought we were against Accrington.’

‘There are still things to work at, we’ve got players with a lot of ability but we need to be more of a team. We had a lot of chances and the forward players worked hard. I asked them to work harder to make the team a bit safer defensively.’

What mattered for the gaffer was to see us continue to build on this and be more consistent both in terms of the attacking play, as he knows that chances will go in eventually, but importantly also defensively more consistent because if we can clock clean sheets then until we are free scoring, if we don’t concede, then we only need to sneak one at the other end.

Whilst on that score he would’ve preferred a win from the Newport game, at least he did get that consistency in creating chances but importantly keeping another clean sheet.

‘The players gave everything for the club and the shirt, the missing thing was putting the ball in the net. We had three or four really good chances in the first ten minutes.’

Edwards admits that as the game drew on though we did run out of steam and by the time he’d made changes it already looked to be heading for a draw, so his hope was we kept it tight at the back and didn’t throw a point away.

‘We played really well in the first 20 minutes and you need to score when you have your spell, we’ve got to win more games, but we are improving. Moving the ball that’s as well as we’ve played, the players have set the standard but we need to be more clinical.’

Edwards finished by saying it was always going to be a case of gradual improvement but he is seeing it now, and whilst there is still a way to go – whilst that development continues – he’s hoping results will turn more in our favour now as higher confidence will undoubtedly speed up the team clicking fully.