Westley be­lieves Ex­iles can beat drop

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By An­drew Parker

NEW­PORT County man­ager Gra­ham Westley be­lieves his side’s bat­tling draw against play-off hope­fuls Colch­ester United can be a turn­ing point in the bat­tle against rel­e­ga­tion.

Josh Shee­han re­turned from in­jury to give League Two’s bot­tom club a shock lead against the in-form U’s mid­way through the first half.

That was can­celled out by Chris Porter’s penalty ten min­utes be­fore the break, but the draw ended a run of eight suc­ces­sive league de­feats for the home side.

Westley’s men re­main bot­tom – six points from safety with a game in hand on Notts County.

But the im­proved dis­play was hugely en­cour­ag­ing for the man­ager.

“It was a turn­ing point for us,” he said.

“It was im­por­tant to stop that rot.

“It’s not easy to do it be­cause mo­men­tum one way or the other – win­ning or los­ing – finds its way in.

“Credit to the team; I thought they were ex­cel­lent at do­ing the things you have to do on that pitch to try to win foot­ball matches.

“De­fen­sively we were dogged and we cre­ated enough good chances to win the foot­ball match.”

Dar­ren Jones was the home de­fender pe­nalised as Colch­ester’s Kur­tis Guthrie went down in the penalty box for the equaliser. Westley added: “It was a dis­ap­point­ing penalty to con­cede to give up the lead.

“For me it wasn’t clear-cut but I didn’t have a good view of it. I’d need to look at it again.

“I didn’t ex­pect him to point to the spot and I was dis­ap­pointed when he did.”

Colch­ester ex­tended their un­beaten run to nine games to stay in sixth po­si­tion.

And man­ager John McGreal was happy with the char­ac­ter his side showed to come back from a goal down.

“That was re­ally tough, es­pe­cially go­ing a goal down against a team fight­ing for their lives,” said the U’s boss. “We said at half-time they took it to us, we knew what was com­ing.

“We weren’t able to de­fend that goal, but the pleas­ing as­pect for me was how we re­acted to go­ing be­hind.

“We passed the ball and got our­selves back into it. We’re glad to go home with a point af­ter that.

“The boys have put in a good shift, and we will move on now.

“We have been on an un­be­liev­able run but at times you have to give the op­po­si­tion credit.

“They have put us un­der pres­sure and our boys have dealt with it.”

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