The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

knows how to deal with ex­pec­ta­tion. He is a very ca­pa­ble player and he scores a good num­ber of goals from mid­field.

“I know goalscor­ers take the head­lines but I would rather talk about the team, we played re­ally well .

“We could have won by more goals but that is four wins from five games now.We are de­lighted with the start we have had and it is bet­ter than peo­ple ex­pected.”

Ply­mouth launched a firsthalf blitz with Kevin Mel­lor head­ing waste­fully over the bar and Carey test­ing Day.

The visi­tors launched a rare at­tack when Yan Klukowski’s picked out Lenell John-Lewis and he brought the ball down be­fore forc­ing a smart save out of Luke McCormick.

But the traf­fic was mainly flow­ing in one di­rec­tion as Carl McHugh hooked a shot straight at Day and Ryan Brunt shot wide.

The New­port keeper came to the res­cue again, deny­ing Mel­lor and Hi­ram Boateng.

Ply­mouth even­tu­ally broke New­port’s brave re­sis­tance on 43 min­utes thanks to a bril­liant fin­ish from Carey. Sawyer’s throw was laid off by Brunt for Carey to slam a sting­ing left-footed shot into the cor­ner. New­port al­most snatched an equaliser late on when John-Lewis’ shot was saved and Zak An­sah hit the bar.

Carey then crashed a free­kick against the cross­bar as Ex­iles boss Terry Butcher fumed. “That hurts be­cause we have played 100 per cent bet­ter than that.

“That sim­ply was not us, it is a slap in the face.We have lost four games now and it doesn’t do a lot for con­fi­dence.

“We didn’t get into the pace of the game and we got what we de­served. We have to take a good, long, hard look at our­selves.”


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