McCoul­sky com­pletes come­back for County

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Josh Richards

MIKE Flynn took away a point from his first game in per­ma­nent charge of New­port, but was frus­trated it was not all three.

A short back pass from Scot Ben­nett gifted Tom Pett Steve­nage's opener. And though Frank Nou­ble marked his New­port de­but with the equaliser, Boro moved 3-1 ahead when Dale Gor­man scored from the penalty spot, fol­low­ing a foul from Ben­nett on Luke Wilkin­son, and Danny New­ton hit a de­but vol­ley.

But Mickey Demetriou sparked the re­vival with a spec­tac­u­lar 30yard strike be­fore sub­sti­tute Shawn McCoul­sky, on loan from Bris­tol City, bun­dled in an equaliser.

Flynn said: “If you score three away from home and they only have three or four shots on tar­get then you de­serve to win the game. We were the most threat­en­ing team go­ing for­wards.

“If we had lost 3-2 I would have still been pos­i­tive be­cause I thought we were the bet­ter team.

“I'm proud of the play­ers. We kept fight­ing and scored some great goals.

“We were the bet­ter team by far. We showed great char­ac­ter.

“They played some good stuff in the early stages, but they didn't cause us any prob­lems, we caused our own prob­lems.”

Only Colch­ester and cham­pi­ons Portsmouth scored more goals on home soil in League Two last sea­son than Steve­nage.

And on 11 min­utes they got the ball rolling when Pett pounced on Ben­nett's short pass, rounded Day and slot­ted it.

Nou­ble, the former West Ham striker, lev­elled when he turned in Matt Dolan's corner from close range.

Boro looked to be head­ing for vic­tory when Gor­man and New­ton, spot­ted this sum­mer while train­ing with Jamie Vardy's V9 Academy struck.

But Demetriou's spec­tac­u­lar strike gave New­port be­lief, be­fore McCoul­sky, turned in an­other corner - much to the ir­ri­ta­tion of Steve­nage boss Dar­ren Sarll.

He said: “Set plays are a mas­sive part of the game. They are sim­ple, it's the de­sire of one player against an­other and you have to win that duel.

“I thought we were go­ing to be big and solid enough to deal with that threat, but the two of the three goals have come from cor­ners.

“The play­ers need to know there will be a few long af­ter­noon train­ing ses­sions to come, be­cause we need to im­prove. We work on it, but we might have to do a lit­tle bit more.”

STAR MAN MATT DOLAN New­port

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