De­light as Ex­iles get that taste of vic­tory

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matthew Hill

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.”

STAR MAN SCOTT BO­DEN Newpo

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