NAYLOR DETERMINED TO STAY INVOLVED
7:02am Monday 21st October 2013 in Latest Football
TOM Naylor is hoping he’s consigned his nightmare game to the past after playing a starring role for the Exiles in Saturday’s 3-0 win over York City.
Naylor has been a consistent performer for Newport this term, apart from in his last start, the 3-2 home defeat to Morecombe that will forever be remembered as the Tom Naylor game.
It takes a strong character to bounce back from a defeat where you score two own goals and concede a penalty, but Naylor is hopeful his fine eye-catching midfield turn on Saturday will put him back into the regular starting eleven.
Naylor arguably filled the void that has hurt the Exiles with Max Porter again sidelined with injury and he’s determined to continue to play a big role at Rodney Parade.
“It was my first start since that game against Morecombe, it was just the way it was, a horrible day.
“I thought I was playing well overall and then I had two horrible mistakes. The first own goal was a strange one and just one of those things but then the second own goal was a mistake and I gave away the penalty.
“I held my hands up and it’s been frustrating for me in the games since but I’ve just had to bide my time and wait for an opportunity.
“I got that on Saturday and hopefully I can stay in the side.
“I relished the chance to play in midfield and I really enjoyed the conditions, when it lashes down with rain you can pass the ball and get stuck in and it’s a good battle and I thought I did fairly well.
“In the second half we were a bit hit and miss but it was a good win for us, I thought we controlled the game.”
Naylor felt County’s dominance will stand them in good stead for tomorrow’s trip to Home Park to face Plymouth, the Exiles chasing a regional treble having already beaten Exeter and Torquay this term.
“We scored at good times and after we went in at 2-0 I thought we were always comfortable, the second half wasn’t us at our sharpest but we were defensively excellent and that’s a help for us,” he said.
“Everyone is very together and united and I hope I can keep my place, I like it in midfield and hopefully we can travel well to Plymouth and pick up another three points.”
Manager Edinburgh picked Naylor out for praise.
“It was a big game for Tom, huge for him, it was his first start since the mishap here against Morecombe and he marshalled our midfield very well,” he said.
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