Overdue goal glut has Wilcox smiling
AFTER ending a run of three games without a win,York boss Russ Wilcox was delighted to see his strikers make a timely return to form at Rodney Parade.
The Minstermen had scored only three league goals all season before arriving at Newport County, but strikes from James Berrett, Reece Thompson and Vadaine Oliver did the damage.
And Wilcox was thrilled at the ruthless nature of his team’s performance.
“I am very pleased, it was a very professional performance away from home,” he said.
“It’s always nice to score, we’ve taken some stick for not getting goals, so for our strikers to both score and the attacking midfielder, it’s very pleasing for us.
“We’ve punished them for a mistake with the first, which was the key goal and gone on from there.
“Newport haven’t won yet, they will win and we didn’t want to be that first scalp. So this was a pleasing performance, to get the two goals and kill it off.”
Newport boss Terry Butcher, who this weekend celebrates the 26th anniversary of his iconic bloodied England shirt, admitted he was angry at the manner of defeat.
“I didn’t see it coming, there was nothing between the sides in the first half, but we make a mistake, they score and then we were punished,” he said.“The second goal was soft, he was unmarked, slackness costs us and at 3-0 we are well beaten with Danny Holmes’ sending off compounding it.
“York were big and strong and when they got 3-0 ahead they were never letting us off the hook.
“We showed a lot of spirit, but we need much more quality.”
The Exiles were the architects of their own downfall in what was a dismally disappointing performance, Newport gifting the visitors their opening two goals and failing to muster a single shot on target until the 89th minute.
By then the damage had been done, with Newport also down to ten men after Danny Holmes’ needless red for a second yellow.
County paid the price for an unfamiliar defence, new signing Matt Partridge replacing Manchester United-bound Regan Poole, but it was partner Aaron Hayden who gifted York the lead.
The on-loan Wolves defender produced a dreadful pass across his own goal, intercepted by Berrett who calmly waltzed through and slotted home.
Newport then waved the white flag. Ex-Exile David Tutonda won a freekick that was floated into the area, where Thompson flicked his header past Joe Day.
And County’s capitulation was complete when Berrett’s shot was parried by Day to Oliver, who couldn’t miss.
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