Westley an­gry at his Ex­iles of­fend­ers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Liam Baker

PROP­PING up the rest of the Foot­ball League at Christ­mas, New­port County boss Gra­ham Westley believes his side only have their illd­is­ci­pline to blame.

In a game which saw ref­eree Nick Kin­se­ley show 13 yel­low cards – nine of them to Ex­iles play­ers – New­port slipped to a de­feat which en­sures they will be bot­tom of League Two come De­cem­ber 25.

James Collins’ tenth league goal of the cam­paign gave Craw­ley an early lead and al­though Joss Labadie equalised, two goals in two sec­ond­half min­utes from Josh Yorwerth and Jimmy Smith were enough to end the Welsh side’s threat.

And Westley was dis­ap­pointed to see the re­cent pos­i­tives dis­ap­pear at the Check­a­trade.com Sta­dium.

“Over 90 min­utes we were ill-dis­ci­plined and that came from a lack of work ethic,” said Westley. “It’s easy to flail a leg or pull a shirt but it’s more dif­fi­cult to win a header or track a run­ner.

“When I walked in the door I knew it was go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult job. There was no win­ning habit. We’ve curbed that to some de­gree with five wins in 13 but there’s been six losses in there too.

“We need peo­ple to re­act in the right way. The job here is try­ing to en­cour­age peo­ple to run harder than op­po­nents and put their foot in. My team’s per­for­mance was not good enough here.”

Craw­ley took the lead af­ter just four min­utes as Collins rose high­est to head home Jor­dan Roberts’ cross, but County found a de­served equaliser af­ter 33 min­utes as Labadie’s shot from out­side the box was de­flected past Glenn Mor­ris.

Craw­ley re­took the lead two min­utes into the sec­ond half as an­other cross was pow­er­fully headed home by the im­pres­sive Yorwerth be­fore Craw­ley cap­tain Smith volleyed into the bot­tom cor­ner from just inside the box.

New­port’s mis­ery was com­plete when Josh Shee­han missed an in­jury-time penalty but Der­mot Drummy was ec­static with Craw­ley’s sec­ond-half dis­play.

“It was a very big win against a very good side,” said Drummy.

“The first half was very tense and we had to try and man­age that.

“Our rhythm was dis­rupted even though we got the first goal. We kept play­ing un­der pres­sure and played some de­light­ful foot­ball in the sec­ond half.

“They’ve drawn with Plymouth and beaten Carlisle so they are dif­fi­cult op­po­nents.

“The fans like to see good foot­ball but they also like to see a strong tackle – we did both.”

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