NEWPORT County’s captain Byron Anthony has issued a clarion call to his teammates, admitting the Exiles need a win by any means necessary.
The Rodney Parade outfit have won only one of their last 12 games in League Two and visit a Morecambe side tonight buoyed by a great victory over Southend United, while County lost 2-1 at Mansfield thanks to a last-gasp winner.
The Exiles have the worst form of any side in the fourth tier of English football, but they incredibly remain just six points off play-off contention with two games in hand.
And Anthony is determined to help the Exiles rescue their fading promotion prospects after completing his incredibly recovery from a double leg fracture sustained at Brighton back in August.
“We can’t be looking at the teams around us anymore, we can only be looking at ourselves and we need to rectify things by going to Morecambe and performing like we know we can,” he said.
“It’s difficult to know why we’ve slipped so much, but it certainly shouldn’t be anything to do with feeling pressured by people mentioning the play-offs.
“We are all professional, we should just be focusing on our own jobs and that starts tonight.
“It’s a really tough trip tonight but we need a win on the road and we need it as soon as possible. Morecambe will have their tails up after beating Southend, but we have to worry about our own objectives.
“Every side in League Two can beat anyone on their day; we lost to one on Saturday who really didn’t offer very much.
“We feel the luck is going against us, but you need to create your own luck and it’d be nice to get a scrappy 1-0 win, anything to help us get that victory.
“We haven’t become a bad side overnight and there is still belief in our dressing room, no-one being critical can take that away from us, we believe in ourselves as a group.
“We are looking to kick on again and we need to win games, that is the main thing. We need to get this winless run finished by any means and the quicker the better.”
Anthony felt the Exiles were more than a little unlucky to lose at Field Mill.
“I thought we were the better team, we had most of the play and attacking threat and dominated most of the second half, so it’s a real kick in the guts to get beaten,” he said.
“We were massively on top in the second half, we knew we needed to get on top and get the goal and we were in charge for large periods, but we didn’t kill them off and then lost a really sloppy goal at the end.
“After a lot of dominance, it’s hard to take really, we’ve come away with no points and it’s disappointing because we took the managers’ words on board at half time.
“We knew we had to come out and come at them with more intensity and we tweaked a few things and scored relatively early, it was a positive we should’ve built from.
“We were extremely disappointing to come away with nothing, it’s not nice at all; the current situation we are in.”