Delight as Exiles get that taste of victory
TERRY Butcher can breathe a huge sigh of relief as Newport’s hunt for a first league victory of the season ended with an impressive backs-to-thewall victory at Carlisle.
QPR loanee Tyler Blackwood nodded home the winner on his Newport debut just minutes after coming on to help overcome a Cumbrians side who lost their top scorer Jabo Ibehre early on with a hamstring issue.
Butcher’s side took full advantage of their opportunity, and the County boss felt their fortune was long overdue.
“We have played in games where we’ve performed better than that and lost, so I think we probably got the luck that has deserted us throughout the season,” he said.
“To get in at 0-0 we were delighted because it gave us the chance to make a couple of changes and try to get a grip on the game.
“Then we got the goal and had to cling on, but by hook or by crook we got the victory.”
And Butcher heaped praise on his fresh loan duo Blackwood and Aston Villa defender Janoi Donacien.
“The new lads did very well,” he added.“Tyler was involved in the goal, he’s actually trying to claim it but I’m not sure.
“Janoi had to come off with cramp late on, but that just shows the effort he put in. This result does a lot for the confidence and hopefully we can now kick on.”
Carlisle came into the fixture fresh from their heroic cup effort in midweek, taking Liverpool to a penalty shootout, and dominated the early exchanges.
Angelo Balanta and Alex Gilliead both came close as the Cumbrians probed, but Ibehre’s departure through injury in the first-half proved to be a turning point as Newport grew into the contest.
Lewell John-Lewis missed a great chance before the key goal eventually came in the visitors’ favour.
Nana Twumasi did brilliantly to dig out a cross on the right and substitute Blackwood nodded in with the help of a deflection.
Carlisle did stage a late rally, with Michael Raynes and Derek Asamoah having efforts desperately hacked away, but the Exiles held on for a vital victory.
Carlisle boss Keith Curle said:“We wanted to embrace what we did on Wednesday and start on top, and I think we did that. Then when Jabo went off injured it was a turning point – we looked pretty toothless.
“I have to take some responsibility, because I made a lot of changes.We emptied the tanks at Anfield and that showed.
“In no way is it acceptable for our standards to drop though. A lot of players haven’t taken a good opportunity.”
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