Bo­den on song to put paid to hoodoo

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

NEW­PORT County man­ager War­ren Feeney praised his side’s char­ac­ter af­ter they fi­nally beat bo­gey-side More­cambe at the sixth at­tempt.

The Welsh side had lost all five of their pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters with the Shrimps since win­ning pro­mo­tion back to the Foot­ball League in 2013.

New­port’s neme­sis in those matches was winger Kevin El­li­son, who had scored three goals and been the cen­tral fig­ure in penal­ties, own goals and red cards ga­lore.

Feeney dis­missed any talk of a jinx but it was the vis­i­tors who had the last laugh at the Globe Arena as El­li­son hit the bar in the first half and missed a glo­ri­ous chance at the death.

“I’m de­lighted,” said Ex­iles boss Feeney.

“I knew it was go­ing to be very tough up here but, like I said be­fore, I don’t be­lieve in hoodoos.

“The char­ac­ter that we showed in this match and over the past few games has re­ally pleased me.

“We got off to a fan­tas­tic start but af­ter we con­ceded we knew they were go­ing to throw ev­ery­thing at us and we coped well.

“It was a great ef­fort here in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

“We put in a great shift here.

“Prob­a­bly a cou­ple of our play­ers weren’t at their best.

“Alex Rod­man wasn’t at it but he pro­duced one bit of magic and Bodes sticks it away.

“That’s what we’ve got to be­lieve in.

“Some­times you play well and you lose games but they fought for each other, they dug in when they had to and they de­fended very well.”

New­port striker Scott Bo­den was the hero with a goal in ei­ther half.

He opened the scor­ing af­ter just 56 sec­onds from Mark Byrne’s cor­ner and volleyed in the win­ner on 69 min­utes from Rod­man’s cross.

Shaun Miller had ri­fled in a su­perb equaliser on the hour but More­cambe slipped to a se­cond home de­feat of the week and the home fans booed their side at the end of the game.

“I don’t think we de­served to lose the game here but that’s life, that’s foot­ball,” said Shrimps boss Jim Bent­ley, who warned his play­ers they have to im­prove dra­mat­i­cally af­ter a mid­week loss to Mans­field Town.

“I’m not stupid, I know it’s a re­sults busi­ness.

“Peo­ple get frus­trated and that’s life; that goes on, but we’ve got to take it on the chin.

“We’re a lit­tle bit de­pleted and we looked like we needed fresh­en­ing up.

“But the play­ers that are here have to go out and fight for their in­di­vid­ual fu­tures.

“A lot of our squad are out of con­tract in the sum­mer and they know they have to keep their foot on the gas.”



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