Pipe: Angry County ready to perform
7:02am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Newport County
SKIPPER David Pipe insists his angry teammates are ready to take out their frustrations on visitors York City today.
The Exiles are bidding to bounce back from last weekend’s 3-0 reverse at Rochdale in which they were vastly outplayed for the first time this season.
Pipe pulled no punches after the game and he’s been pleased with the response from everyone this week.
“We are a better side than we showed last weekend, of course we are and let ourselves down individually and collectively,” he said.
“If you read what I said in the Argus, I was as true about the game as I could be, you have to be after a drubbing and it was a drubbing. There are no excuses.
“People pointed to us having three away games in a week (visits to Bury, Crawley and Rochdale, a combined 1000 miles plus on a coach) but we approach every game like the last and that’s not a valid excuse.
“I don’t want to go disrespecting York, but today we’ll go into things worrying about ourselves and thinking about ourselves and what we’ve achieved and how we’ve played in the past 18-months. And if we do that I’m sure we can get a result.
“The boys are angry and I’ve learned on and off the pitch that you need to take your anger and put it in a positive spin and into positive things and that’s what we’ll try and do.
“I know the crowd will be there for us for all three games this week. They will make a noise off the pitch and hopefully we can make one on it.”
Pipe feels the Exiles are somewhat victims of their own success.
“It’s partially because of the standards we’ve set and over the distance of 18-months we’ve been a successful club on and off the pitch,” he said.
“I’m proud of where we are as a club but it doesn’t mean we can rest on our laurels, we have to kick on and in the Football League you have to, if you take your foot of the gas you’ll always get turned over.”
Pipe feels the players have responded to defeat in the right manner.
“Training has been good, you’re not going to all come in and be doing star jumps on a Monday morning with everyone smiling,” he admitted.
“But we assessed the loss and then you have to move on from it, don’t forget it like it didn’t happen, but we have to turn it into a positive performance.
“The boys look sharp and the banter is going again and we’ll head into the game in a positive mood.”
Pipe will give a thought today to the last time County faced the Minstermen, the FA Trophy Final at Wembley.
“Everyone loves the chance to go and play at Wembley, it’s a dream, but everyone also remembers a loss and we remember it painfully just as we look back on the Wrexham Wembley game with the opposite emotion,” he said.
“A lot has changed on and off the pitch since then, for them as well as they’ve got a new manager (ex-Norwich and Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington) but they’ve definitely changed a lot for us.
“We’ve progressed in all aspects, but the boys who did play at Wembley such as myself can use it as inspiration.”
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