Trophy run will help League form, says Harry Worley
NEWPORT County AFC defender Harry Worley believes a good run in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy can help rather than hinder the club’s league campaign.
Worley missed Tuesday’s 3-2 win at League One Crawley Town in the much-maligned competition but he says the win has only added to the confidence in the Exiles’ squad.
The former Chelsea centre-back says the team will be looking to build on the midweek win and the creditable draw at Bury last weekend as they endure their third trip of the week to Rochdale on Saturday.
“It shows great team spirit from the lads to come back and win somewhere as tough as Crawley.
“We’ve had a few good results and that just helps the confidence continue to grow.
“It is similar to the Premier League teams resting players in the League Cup. You win a few games and then everyone starts talking about Wembley.
“The lads played there last season but at this level you don’t get too many chances to play there so it is a valuable competition.
“It is more games for the lads and, even though the league is the priority, a cup run is good for everyone because you’re winning games and that helps breed confidence.”
Worley, an ever-present this season before his ban on Tuesday for a fifth yellow card of the season at Bury, is hoping to regain his starting place at Spotland tomorrow.
“I’ve played every game and obviously only missed one through suspension but it’s not down to me,” he said.
“All I can do is work hard and try to perform when I get the chance and I think I’ve done that so far this season.
“I’d rather have played at Crawley but I suppose, in a way, it was good to get the suspension out of the way and I can start afresh now,” he added.
“I’ll try not to get so many bookings from now on!
“I wasn’t instructed to get booked,” he added. “You could call it convenient but it was a counter-attack and sometimes you’ve got to take a cynical booking for team.”
Worley is expecting a tough test against The Dale, who are one place and one point above Justin Edinburgh’s men in the League Two table.
“We’re building a good run now and we want to keep that going at Rochdale,” said the 25-year-old.
“They have always been decent at this level and I think it will probably be more of a footballing game than it was at Bury, because they like to play a bit from what I’ve heard.
“We’re looking forward to it. They’re on similar points to us so it should be a good test and whoever wins will hopefully climb up the table a little bit.”
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