County have revenge in mind, Yakubu admits
9:52am Friday 18th October 2013 in Newport County
ISMAIL Yakubu admits Newport County AFC are a squad with revenge on their minds.
The Exiles have dual motivation, besides from earning three valuable points, for today’s clash with York City.
County are determined to get back on track following last week’s 3-0 drubbing at Rochdale and to prove they are far better than they showed at Spotlands.
But there is also an element of a desire for retribution against today’s visitors.
The Minstermen beat Newport at Wembley in 2012 in the FA Trophy Final and that result still lingers for the personnel still at the club.
That includes defensive lynchpin Yakubu and he admits the whole squad has an extra focus this week.
“It wasn’t good last week, we hold our hands up that on the day we were beaten by a better team, they played really well and we have to say we weren’t anywhere near our best,” he told the Argus.
“They started the game with an amazing goal, a great strike and when you’re away from home you just want to keep it tight and not give anything away and our backs were against the wall from then on.
“We’ve got to hold our hands up and admit we were well below our best and well beaten. And the focus is strong to put it right.
“Losing like that ruins your weekend, but as soon as we started training again that disappointment eases out. We love playing, we love playing for this club and manager and we just can’t wait to play and put things right.”
Yakubu admits the memory of Newport’s first trip to Wembley still rankles.
“ It’s a double chance to put things right for us, as great a day as it was to go to Wembley it was obviously dampened greatly by losing and York were a very good side then who got promoted that season as well,” he said.
“They were established and ahead of where we were, but we’ve grown a lot since then and learned a lot about ourselves as a team and individuals and we’ve got better. We are now competing on a similar level and obviously both back in the Football League.
“We are a strong outfit at home, no one relishes coming here and we have to keep showing that resilience and picking up those points.
“Our home form is vital to us.”
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