Disappointed Pidgeley expects big reaction
7:02am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Newport County
Newport County's goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley even at full stretch fails to stop Rochdale's first goal - a screamer by Peter Vincenti (out of picture) . Skybet Football League two match, Rochdale v Newport county at Spotland stadium in Rochdale on Sa
NEWPORT County goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley bemoaned Saturday’s defeat at Rochdale, admitting it was one of the most one-sided encounters he’s ever been involved with.
The Exiles have enjoyed a super start to life in the Football League, but they were absolutely blown away by rampant Rochdale at Spotlands.
So comprehensive was the beating that Pidgeley believes there was an element of shock for the players.
“It was a real surprise for all of us, I’ve played over 50 games for Newport and by far that was the toughest game we’ve been involved with and the hardest opposition we’ve played,” Pidgeley told the Argus.
“We were poor but they were exceptional, they kept the ball well, they moved us around and out of position and they cut through us several times.
“It was a bad, bad day all round, I don’t like losing and not in this kind of manner and even though I’ve made some good saves, it’s a day where it’s hard to take any positives.
“They were excellent and it’s the worst we’ve played, no one turns us over like that, we’re always competitive but we looked out by half time and missing the penalty sums up the game for us. Once that happened, it was game over.”
Pidgeley is confident the Exiles will show the character required to bounce back.
“We’re all experienced, we’ve had days like this in our careers before and it’ll be a tough week, the manager will work us hard,” he explained.
“But we will have to be much better and put things right in the next game.”
Pidgeley felt the game only represented a blip in Newport’s season, but praised the hosts and tipped them for success this term.
“It’s our 11th league game and that’s the first time we’ve really let ourselves down. Everyone’s disappointed but, fair play to Rochdale, they were by far the best team we’ve come across,” he said.
“They got it down and played football on a windy day and we didn’t really test them as much as we would have liked or as much as we have other teams lately. It’s definitely going to hurt, we’re all winners but the gaffer is going to feel it most.
“We were penned in for quite a bit of the time, so when we got the ball we weren’t really putting into the channels for the strikers to be able to run. It invited them to just keep pressure on us.”
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