McCoulsky completes comeback for County
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