Danny Crow's flying high – now Exiles’ Cup hero wants League start
NORTHAMPTON v COUNTY (Today, KO 3pm)
LEAGUE Cup match-winner Danny Crow is hoping he’s forced his way into the Newport County AFC starting XI today.
The striker came off the bench to stun Championship outfit Brighton & Hove Albion with a brace of goals in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
It’s back to League Two action at Northampton Town this afternoon and Crow, who was also a substitute in last week’s drubbing of Accrington Stanley, is desperate to start.
While delighted with his night’s work at the Amex Stadium, the 27-year-old admits that he does get frustrated if he’s forced to watch from the bench.
“It was a massive kick in the teeth not to start against Accrington but you’ve just got to brush yourself down and get on with it,” said Crow.
“We all want the team to win and that is the main thing but it is frustrating not starting.
“I know it’s a squad game and Conor [Washington] and I came on and affected the game. We’ve given the manager a few problems and that’s what he wants.
“There is a lot of competition for the two centre-forward places but that’s football.
“I’ll just work hard like everyone else in training and fight for my position. That’s all I can do and the mentality of this club is all about winning.
“Nobody is guaranteed their place but any player is not happy if they’re not playing and they’re lying if they say anything different.”
Crow believes that the wins over Accrington and Brighton have sent a message out to the football world that County mean business.
“It’s been a great start to the season for the boys and to go to Brighton and get a victory is a massive achievement for the club,” he said.
“You can see from the media attention this week that the club is going places.
“Maybe nationally people don’t know a lot about us but the people of Newport know we’re on a roll.
“We’re not getting carried away – it’s only two games – but it is nice because not many people are expecting a lot from us.”
The Exiles have Mike Flynn back for today’s match at Sixfields but they will be without defender Byron Anthony for several months after he suffered a broken leg at Brighton.
“Byron is a character that everyone loves,” said Crow.
“He’s a Newport boy, a great defender and one of our leaders.
“We all respect him and wish him all the best in his recovery.
He added: “Northampton are a big, strong team so it will be tough but we don’t fear anyone and we won’t be going there for a draw; we want a win, as always.”
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