RES­CUE POINT FOR NEW­PORT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

“I was de­lighted with a point in the end,” said the for­mer North­ern Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional.

“You want to win foot­ball matches but the po­si­tion we’re in we can’t lose against th­ese teams.

“We got off to the worst pos­si­ble start – they were poor goals to con­cede.

“That’s dis­ap­point­ing but we’ll take the pos­i­tives and I be­lieve in th­ese play­ers.

“It was a fan­tas­tic come­back, we showed a never-say-die at­ti­tude and that’s what pleased me and by the end of it I thought there was only one side go­ing to win it.

“It’s al­ways good to get your debu­tants off to a flyer and they’ll get bet­ter game by game,” he added.

“John came on and was a bright spark and the same with Conor – it was a great fin­ish.”

The late col­lapse, cou­pled with Yeovil’s win against Craw­ley, means the Dag­gers drop back into the bot­tom two.

But new coach Ian Cul­ver­house, brought in to as­sist boss John Still last week, praised his side’s de­fen­sive ef­forts and in­sisted that they will get stronger in the com­ing weeks.

“The way we de­fended and the at­ti­tude of the team was su­perb,” said Cul­ver­house. “The at­ti­tude and the de­sire they showed to throw their bod­ies in front of the ball was bril­liant.

“It’s great that de­sire to de­fend but we do need to re­tain the ball.

“The boys are flat af­ter con­ced­ing so late but we will get stronger be­cause of this.

“We will put in a lot of work on the train­ing ground now and look to im­prove.”

He added: “John is al­ways busy in the trans­fer mar­ket – he’s got so many con­tacts in the game and I’m sure we will look to strengthen.”

STAR MAN JOSS LABAD

IE Da­gen

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