Cobblers defeat a missed opportunity, admits Exiles skipper David Pipe

South Wales Argus: COBBLERS BLOW: Newport County AFC captain David Pipe in action against Northampton Town COBBLERS BLOW: Newport County AFC captain David Pipe in action against Northampton Town

NEWPORT County AFC captain David Pipe admits the shock home defeat to League Two basement boys Northampton Town was a missed opportunity for the Exiles.

Due to FA Cup commitments and postponements County were the only side in the top eight in action on Saturday and could have moved up to fifth with a win.

But goals from Hallam Hope and Darren Carter, either side of Harry Worley’s header, plus Matt Duke’s late penalty save from Andy Sandell were enough for the Cobblers to seal a league double over Justin Edinburgh’s men.

“I’m not one to study the table but when the other teams around you are not playing because of cup or postponements you want to turn the screw on them,” said Pipe.

“We missed that chance and it’s definitely a missed opportunity. They are the bottom side in the league and they have taken six points off us.

“That’s no disrespect to them, fair play to them they’ve gone and done it, but when you look at those games especially at home you want to go and win them or get at least a draw.

“I’ve played against Matt Duke a couple of times and he always seems to shine,” he added.

“I don’t know if he’s just a jinx on me but he played well again.”

But Pipe is certain that the Exiles have the quality to recover from the shock home defeat, just like they did last January against Barrow and Forest Green Rovers before going on to win promotion.

“We want to bounce back as quick as we can,” said the skipper. “We’ve got the character here to turn it around – on and off the pitch.

“I didn’t think we were that poor (against Northampton) but in both boxes we didn’t do what we should have done.

“It wasn’t a poor performance it was just a poor result.”

Pipe added: “I’d never say it was just one of those days. We put it down to us conceding two very sloppy goals. I’m not going to make excuses.

“We were all waiting a long time for the game and it’s a lot harder for me as a player to wait for the game because you prepare, you’re ready and the game is called off.

“But I’m sure they’ve had a few games called off and they approached it in both boxes better than we did.”

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6:42pm Mon 6 Jan 14

ohc says...

Didn't this bloke tell us before the match that the strikers were "ready to score again"?
Why does the Argus publish this rubbish? It isn't news, its pathetic gossip
Find out what Connor's fitness state is. That would be news
Didn't this bloke tell us before the match that the strikers were "ready to score again"? Why does the Argus publish this rubbish? It isn't news, its pathetic gossip Find out what Connor's fitness state is. That would be news ohc

10:12pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Rodneyboy says...

Justin desperately needs to get a striker in on loan until O'connor and Zabroski are fit.We virtually played with 10 men on Saturday as Danny Crow was annonymous.
Justin desperately needs to get a striker in on loan until O'connor and Zabroski are fit.We virtually played with 10 men on Saturday as Danny Crow was annonymous. Rodneyboy

7:43am Tue 7 Jan 14

llandaff says...

ohc wrote:
Didn't this bloke tell us before the match that the strikers were "ready to score again"?
Why does the Argus publish this rubbish? It isn't news, its pathetic gossip
Find out what Connor's fitness state is. That would be news
Yes I agree. Best to keep quiet in future and let the football do the talking. Don't expect miracles from O'Connor. The road to full match fitness is a long one as we are seeing with Jolley.
Just have to keep plugging away and maintain our league status. Maybe promotion this year is a bit of a "pipe" dream.
Let's just enjoy the football win lose or draw!
Up the County!
[quote][p][bold]ohc[/bold] wrote: Didn't this bloke tell us before the match that the strikers were "ready to score again"? Why does the Argus publish this rubbish? It isn't news, its pathetic gossip Find out what Connor's fitness state is. That would be news[/p][/quote]Yes I agree. Best to keep quiet in future and let the football do the talking. Don't expect miracles from O'Connor. The road to full match fitness is a long one as we are seeing with Jolley. Just have to keep plugging away and maintain our league status. Maybe promotion this year is a bit of a "pipe" dream. Let's just enjoy the football win lose or draw! Up the County! llandaff

9:23am Tue 7 Jan 14

ohc says...

llandaff wrote:
ohc wrote:
Didn't this bloke tell us before the match that the strikers were "ready to score again"?
Why does the Argus publish this rubbish? It isn't news, its pathetic gossip
Find out what Connor's fitness state is. That would be news
Yes I agree. Best to keep quiet in future and let the football do the talking. Don't expect miracles from O'Connor. The road to full match fitness is a long one as we are seeing with Jolley.
Just have to keep plugging away and maintain our league status. Maybe promotion this year is a bit of a "pipe" dream.
Let's just enjoy the football win lose or draw!
Up the County!
I agree
[quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohc[/bold] wrote: Didn't this bloke tell us before the match that the strikers were "ready to score again"? Why does the Argus publish this rubbish? It isn't news, its pathetic gossip Find out what Connor's fitness state is. That would be news[/p][/quote]Yes I agree. Best to keep quiet in future and let the football do the talking. Don't expect miracles from O'Connor. The road to full match fitness is a long one as we are seeing with Jolley. Just have to keep plugging away and maintain our league status. Maybe promotion this year is a bit of a "pipe" dream. Let's just enjoy the football win lose or draw! Up the County![/p][/quote]I agree ohc

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