We need to put things right against Wimbledon, says Max Porter

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NEWPORT County AFC midfielder Max Porter says the players are desperate to put on a performance for the fans tomorrow night.

The Exiles were dazzling under the lights last Tuesday in the win over high-flying Oxford United but dismal in defeat against struggling Cheltenham Town on Saturday afternoon.

Ashley Vincent’s first half goal was the only thing between the sides but County were below par and Porter knows they have to improve when AFC Wimbledon visit Rodney Parade tomorrow.

“We started the game well but pretty much like the Oxford game we conceded the first goal and on this pitch it’s not great to chase games,” said the 26-year-old.

“That’s not making excuses because the other night we did it but we didn’t play with enough tempo and didn’t create many clear cut chances.

“They slowed the game down by going down when they were hardly touched but we let the game slip away from us.

“We’ve got to create that impetus at home and we’re looking forward to Tuesday because we want to put it right.”

Porter, who played 30 minutes against Cheltenham after replacing Lee Minshull, would love to start against his former club tomorrow as he continues his comeback from a long-term groin injury.

“We’ll all just be desperate to get out there,” said Porter. “We love playing under the lights here and we need to put on a performance for the fans.

“I think I’m ready to start now,” he added. “I was a bit disappointed not to start one of these games but I’m just grateful to be back playing.

“It’s great to be playing without pain and I’m ready to test myself now.”

The defeat, County’s third in the league at Rodney Parade this season, leaves them seven points off the play-offs with three games in hand.

Porter is convinced that County can still make the top seven but assistant manager Jimmy Dack appealed for some perspective after the Exiles’ latest setback, insisting that the club are performing well in their first season in League Two.

“We’ve got to make these home games count,” said Porter. “We did it in the first half of the season and if we do it in the second half we will make the play-offs.”

Dack added: “We’re eighth in the league so let’s be realistic about it.

“We’ve just come up from the Conference and we’d like to make those play-offs.

“That would be a massive achievement because there are some big experienced clubs in this league and this is all knew to us.

“We’re learning as a team and we’re giving it our all but sometimes it isn’t quite enough.

“Mansfield won the Conference by a considerable number of points last year but we’ve done a lot better than them this year so far.

“We have made forward strides.”

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12:11pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Sheffield Exile says...

Can we please stop talking about the playoffs as if it's a given or promotion? We've proved that we can beat the top teams and be competitive in this league but until we find consistency we'll never achieve promotion. We do have a talented squad, but they seem to only turn up for the glory games at the moment.
Can we please stop talking about the playoffs as if it's a given or promotion? We've proved that we can beat the top teams and be competitive in this league but until we find consistency we'll never achieve promotion. We do have a talented squad, but they seem to only turn up for the glory games at the moment. Sheffield Exile
  • Score: 8

2:20pm Mon 24 Feb 14

llandaff says...

I just wonder which group of strangers Justin is going to field this week.
We have just got to get a settled team and stop rotating!.
Incidentally the definition of rotation is " a circular movement of an object around a central point." Or for the uninitiated "going round in circles."
Not recommended!!!!!!
Also the long high ball "tactic" has to be ditched. Just get it on the floor!!!!!!!
Only one win in nearly two months is hardly play off form. How on earth are we still in 8th place??
Come on County you can do better than this. Remember the pitch is the same for both teams. So get over it!
I just wonder which group of strangers Justin is going to field this week. We have just got to get a settled team and stop rotating!. Incidentally the definition of rotation is " a circular movement of an object around a central point." Or for the uninitiated "going round in circles." Not recommended!!!!!! Also the long high ball "tactic" has to be ditched. Just get it on the floor!!!!!!! Only one win in nearly two months is hardly play off form. How on earth are we still in 8th place?? Come on County you can do better than this. Remember the pitch is the same for both teams. So get over it! llandaff
  • Score: 6

6:48pm Mon 24 Feb 14

sooty001 says...

The reason we play well against good sides is because they play football which let's us play football. When you get sides like Cheltenham spoiling and players going down at the slightest touch it upsets the rhythm of a team that wants to play a bit of football . So let's hope we can get some decent opposition tomorrow and I look forward to a great game against Wimbledon.
The reason we play well against good sides is because they play football which let's us play football. When you get sides like Cheltenham spoiling and players going down at the slightest touch it upsets the rhythm of a team that wants to play a bit of football . So let's hope we can get some decent opposition tomorrow and I look forward to a great game against Wimbledon. sooty001
  • Score: 1

12:21pm Wed 26 Feb 14

keithbob says...

oops.wish i hadnt have said that max!??
oops.wish i hadnt have said that max!?? keithbob
  • Score: 0

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