Weale on song to frus­trate the Exiles

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By James Lloyd

NEW­PORT man­ager John Sheri­dan praised his side’s sec­ond half per­for­mance de­spite a frus­trat­ing 0-0 draw against Yeovil at Rod­ney Pa­rade.

Sheri­dan did rue his team’s lack of com­po­sure in the box though as they wasted mul­ti­ple chances to break the dead­lock.

Sheri­dan said: “I’m ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed that we haven’t won the game, but I was really pleased by the way we played sec­ond half.

“It’s a shame we didn’t get that break, there was a couple of good balls go­ing in the box that just needed peo­ple be­ing a bit cute in the penalty box.The best goals are those lit­tle tap-ins.

“Their keeper has played well, he’s made one or two de­cent saves, but we were on the front foot and they were on the back foot, there was good pur­pose about us in the sec­ond half.”

A man of the match dis­play from Yeovil goal­keeper Chris Weale was enough to earn the Glovers a point and frus­trate New­port.

Weale made a se­ries of saves in the sec­ond half to thwart a num­ber of New­port at­tempts.

And Yeovil boss Paul Stur­rock said: “Chris had a good save down to his left, he’s been very con­sis­tent, he’s prom­i­nent and he’s got the jer­sey be­cause of that. But at the end of the day I’m pleased with the back four and the clean sheet.”

But Yeovil re­main in the rel­e­ga­tion zone and are with­out a win in ten games ahead of the home match with Wy­combe on Tues­day night.

Stur­rock added: “We have got to turn our home form around, that’s the key.We have an op­por­tu­nity on Tues­day to turn it around.”

Yeovil did have the bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties of a scrappy first-half. A foul by New­port cap­tain Mark Byrne led to an early chance for the visi­tors as Matt Dolan’s free kick was met by Harry Cor­nick, whose header rat­tled the cross­bar. New­port soon replied with a chance of their own. Alex Rod­man found Zak An­sah with a well weighted pass, but the Charl­ton loa­nee saw his shot saved by Weale.

Both sides strug­gled to find rhythm in a lack­lus­tre first half un­til the 43rd minute when Yeovil new boy, Fran­cois Zoko, who only of­fi­cially signed for the Glovers hours be­fore kick-off, saw his header sail over af­ter Con­nor Roberts’ teas­ing cross.

Af­ter the break, New­port started to take a hold of the game and keeper Weale was forced into making a num­ber of stops, in­clud­ing a su­perb re­flex save fol­low­ing Scot Ben­nett’s goal-bound shot from a cor­ner.

At the other end, Cor­nick saw his header tipped wide by Joe Day, whilst on the cusp of full time, Matt Dolan’s curl­ing free kick missed the tar­get by a yard.

STAR MAN CHRIS WEALE

Yeovil

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