HIS partnership with Jamille Matt has produced 38 goals already this season, but top scorer Padraig Amond is delighted to see new signing Ade Azeez making his mark at Newport County AFC.

Azeez scored on his home debut against Carlisle United on Saturday, helping an Amond header over the line to break the deadlock in the first half.

Amond was also on target after the break to seal a 2-0 win with his 21st goal of the season and he was pleased for Azeez to score his first – despite the fact that his header was going in.

“Ade showed all the right instincts of a striker,” said the Irish striker.

“He did exactly what anyone else would have done in that position – make sure it goes in the net.

“He’s done the right thing. I would have done the same.

“We were chatting about the Man City goal [at Rodney Parade] when Phil Foden let it go in. I would have two-footed that ball in!

“It’s really important that he’s got off the mark because it’s hard when you come to a new club, especially in the January window.

“He’s come with a bit of a niggle as well, so it was important for him to have a good game and get that first goal.

“Now he’s settled in and there’s no pressure on him to get that first goal.”

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Azeez arrived on deadline day for an undisclosed fee from Cambridge United, the same day that Harry McKirdy joined on loan from Aston Villa.

McKirdy has so far been restricted to three substitute appearances totalling juts 42 minutes, but Amond believes he and Azeez will prove their worth.

“Ade is buzzing at the minute,” said the 30-year-old.

“He did really well and not just with the goal.

“We know his strengths. He’s quick, he’s rapid and his game is all about getting the ball in space.

“Jamma’s game is very different to that, my game is very different to that and Harry’s game is very different to that.

"Ade is a handful up-front, a physical presence and he’s going to be tough to defend against for whoever he’s playing against.

“He’s so quick, he can chase down a defender’s bad touch and things like that.

“He’s another excellent option up-front and it’s great for the gaffer to have.

“There’s always competition needed,” added Amond. “We’ve got four good strikers here at the minute.

“Harry hasn’t had a chance to show what he can do yet but he’s going to be a big asset for the club while he’s on loan here.

“He’s brilliant to have around the training ground. He’s a breath of fresh air. He’s a nuisance, but he’s funny as well.

“We can see his quality in training and the competition is going to help everyone.”

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