SCOTT’S TOO HOT AS EXILES TRIUMPH
SCOTT BODEN was Newport’s hero once again as his first-half strike was enough to see off promotionchasing Wycombe.
The Exiles’ striker grabbed his sixth in six games to move Newport 11 points clear of the relegation places and all-but secure their place in League Two for another season.
And Exiles manager Warren Feeney was full of praise for his match-winner after Boden’s 14th goal in all competitions this season.
Feeney said: “Scott’s head was down in the week because he scored an own goal but he bounced back and took his chance fantastically well.
“He’s a natural goalscorer with great movement and when he’s in this form we’ve always got a chance.
“I’m delighted, it was a hard-fought win and I’ve said to the players it’s about results at the moment not performances.
“Rodney Parade is a horrible place to come and we want to make it a fortress.
“There are some lovey grounds in this league but we want to make ours as horrible for opposition teams as we can.
“The players are going out on the pitch and taking on board what we telling them and that’s pleasing.
“We’re doing OK but nothing’s been decided yet and I think it will go right down to the end of the season.
“There’s a lot of football still to be played before the end of the season.”
The Exiles were lively early on and should have taken the lead when Ryan Allsop pushed Conor Wilkinson’s shot into the path of Alex Rodman, but he screwed his effort wide.
Luke O’Nien nearly surprised the home side with a thunderbolt of a volley from 20 yards that only just went wide of Joe Day’s goal.
But it was Newport who took the lead after 25 minutes when John Ayina bullied his way past Sido Jombati and picked out Boden for a simple finish from close range.
The visitors started the second half well but were very nearly caught on the break by a diving header from Yan Klukowski, however, it was brilliantly saved by Ryan Allsop.
Rowan Liburd then brought a superb stop out of County goalkeeper Day before rattling the crossbar five minutes later with a good drive from the edge of the box.
But it proved to be the visitor’s best chance of the half as they slipped to ninth in the table, leaving disappointed manager Gareth Ainsworth to re-think his side’s promotion plans having also lost 1-0 to Cambridge on Tuesday.
Ainsworth said: “The performance was a bit better than midweek but we consider ourselves to be a lot better than that.
“We’ve got to be winning these games if we want to stay in touch with the play-offs.
“It was a tough game on a horrible pitch and in the first half we just couldn’t get the ball down at all.
“We were a crossbar away from getting an equaliser but to be honest we didn’t deserve too much more from the game.
“I’m disappointed with a few players out there.”
STAR MAN SCOTT BODEN
rt Newpo SIX OF BEST: Scott Boden, left, is congratulated on another goal