JIMMY’S COUNTY

Klukowski hits two as

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ed Lang­ford

JIMMY Dack is get­ting the taste for man­age­ment af­ter record­ing his first win as New­port care­taker boss, and hinted at want­ing the job long-term.

A goal in each half from Yan Klukowski was enough for all three points at Adams Park and earned County a first win in six games.

Fred Onyed­inma had lev­elled for Wy­combe early in the sec­ond half but Klukowski’s win­ner meant a sec­ond home de­feat in five days for the Chair­boys.

But for popular long-term as­sis­tant Dack, who took over af­ter Justin Ed­in­burgh left for Gilling­ham, the victory kept his side in the hunt for a play­off spot and he was quick to praise the play­ers for re­turn­ing to form at the right time.

“We’re un­beaten in two now and this team can bounce back very quickly, as we have proved here at a very good side in Wy­combe Wan­der­ers,” said Dack.

“We’ve got go­ing again and let’s build on that.

“I’m start­ing to en­joy the job now af­ter a whirl­wind start to life in the job.

“I’m here to work with this group of play­ers and it’s easy to do as they’re an hon­est bunch and a good group of play­ers.

“I have worked here for nearly four years now.

“All I’m go­ing to do is get my head down and work hard for the play­ers, the di­rec­tors and most of all the sup­port­ers be­cause they de­serve it most of all.

“I’ve al­ways been a num­ber two but they’re great group of boys in that dress­ing room and they’re mak­ing it tough for me not to want the job.

“I’d class Klukowski as the League two Frank Lampard.

“He doesn’t need too many chances and he does score some goals for us.”

Af­ter a scrappy start, the even­tual open­ing ef­fort brought the game’s first goal, with Klukowski drilling his fifth of the sea­son past the help­less Matt In­gram.

Wy­combe’s only two ef­forts of the first half flew high over the bar as Matt McClure and then Steven Craig failed to test Joe Day in the County goal with a strike on tar­get.

New­port could have ex­tended the lead too, with In­gram block­ing the busy Mark Byrne af­ter the mid­fielder jinked through Wy­combe’s de­fence.

The first half ended with a flurry, with Day rush­ing out to scup­per McClure as the Wy­combe striker tried to round the Ex­iles keeper af­ter be­ing put through by a mis­placed back pass. McClure reg­is­tered his side’s first shot

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