Exiles 'keeper Lenny Pidgeley targets more clean sheets
NEWPORT County AFC goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley is targeting a fourth clean sheet in five games against Southend United tomorrow.
The Exiles stopper and his defence have been in fine form of late, shutting out Bury, York City and Plymouth Argyle in League Two.
That has enabled County to climb to ninth in the table, a point off the play-off places and above tomorrow’s visitors to Rodney Parade on goal difference.
Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Plymouth, following the 3-0 home win over York last Saturday has seen Justin Edinburgh’s men banish the memory of a 3-0 thumping at new leaders Rochdale two weeks ago.
And, despite the season being only 13 games old, Pidgeley is confident that the club is on target for a high finish in their first campaign at this level since 1987-88.
“The basics we’ve stuck to is if we can pick up points away from home and win our home games then we’re not going to be far off where we want to be,” said the 29-year-old.
“The draw at Plymouth, after the win at home to York was a good result.
“We definitely wanted to get something from that game and we did and four points from two games – two points a game – is the rate we want to be going at.
“It is a massive game on Saturday against Southend,” he added. “It is a team that is obviously around us in the league so it’s a big one and if we can get three points against them it will cap off an excellent week for us.”
Pidgeley believes that, the Rochdale defeat aside, County have shown themselves to be very hard to beat at a higher level following their promotion from the Conference last season.
“Obviously Rochdale was a bad game and you’re going to have them throughout the season,” he said.
“At the time we were disappointed by it but we didn’t get carried away with it, just like we didn’t get carried away with beating York 3-0.
“It was just one of them games but we just want to keep progressing and trying to be consistent and solid – that’s what we’re after.
“We’ve kept three clean sheets in the last four games in the league now so that is encouraging and if we can keep ticking along at this pace we’ll be where we want to be, come the end of the season.”
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