Jamie Stephens targets Trophy run
GOALKEEPER Jamie Stephens is hoping Newport County AFC enjoy a run in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy so he can spend more time on the pitch.
The 20-year-old started ahead of first choice ‘keeper Lenny Pidgeley as County fought back from 2-0 down to beat ten-man Crawley Town 3-2 on Tuesday night.
It was a mixed evening for the Exiles youngster as he was to blame for the Reds’ second goal – a spectacular strike from inside his own half by Mike Jones – but kept his side ahead at the death with several superb saves.
“It was a great finish and you have to give credit to the lad,” said Stephens. “I should have done better but you learn from things like that.
“Mistakes will happen but you have to forget about them and fight back and that’s what we did.
“The lads bailed me out and I tried to bail them out at the end as well.
“We’ve got some good characters in the squad and we showed that again to come back and win the game.
“It’s nice to be playing so hopefully we can have a bit of a run in this competition,” he added.
“I’ve played a few reserve games to keep my fitness up to scratch but this is a good competition for players like myself and Ryan Jackson to get game time and we want to go as far as possible.”
Edinburgh praised Stephens’ character for recovering from his first half errors to help County to victory at the Broadfield Stadium.
“Nine times out of ten Jamie would have got away with the mistake from the kick but the guy’s execution was very good,” said the Exiles boss.
“It was disappointing from our perspective. Jamie made a great save before the first goal but we didn’t clear our lines.
“We could have helped him out a bit with that one and I know he’ll be disappointed by the second.
“I said to the players at half-time ‘we have to help pull him out of this’ and we did that. He responded well and made some important saves.”
Comments are closed on this article.