JAMES Rowberry has demanded a reaction from his Newport County AFC side after a first disappointment in League Two.

The Exiles suffered their first league defeat since September when edged out 2-1 by fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Jack Payne's goal at the death took the spoils for the Robins in a high-quality encounter that left the County manager disappointed yet encouraged.

"We probably did enough to get a result with the chances that we had but we needed to be more clinical at the one end and defend the chances that they had better," said Rowberry, who won his first three league games.

"We had more than enough to get something out of the game and if we hadn't played as well as we did and create what we did then I'd be worried.

"I am not worried because the performance was there, we just needed to be more clinical. We are moving in the right direction.

"Performance-wise, I'm relatively pleased. It was just that we didn't convert our chances."

The Rowberry era began with wins against Bristol Rovers, Stevenage and Hartlepool along with cup defeats to Morecambe and Swindon.

The Exiles don't have long to lick their wounds with a Tuesday night trip to Crawley, who are fresh from a fine 1-0 win at Barrow.

"You probably learn more from a defeat. I learned a lot about the side and where we've got to do better in certain moments of the game," said Rowberry.

"We didn't start the first half particularly well but we got better and better and in the second half I was saying to Wayne (Hatswell, assistant manager) that we had to take one of our chances.

"We didn't but Swindon are a good team and that's football. We've just got to get on with it and prepare for Tuesday [at Crawley]. We can't have that disappointment hanging over us.

"We need to react positively and keep moving forward."