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Robbie Stockdale Looks Ahead To Newport County

6 May 2022

Robbie Stockdale wants his side to finish the season as well as they can at Newport County on Saturday.

It is the final weekend of the Sky Bet League Two season, and although neither side has anything to play for in terms of promotion or relegation, the gaffer insists there is plenty of pride still to play for.

“We want to finish as well as we can,” said Stockdale.

“I watched the Newport game at Port Vale the other day and they played very well. They’ve got some good attacking threats, so we’ll need to be right on it to get something out of the game.

“I thought we saw that in the last home game. It was obviously disappointing to lose that game in the manner that we did, but I thought the players were very good for the most part and that will be the message again.

“There’s personal pride, pride in the shirt, pride for the supporters that are going to travel down and watch us, but also players are playing for contracts and it’s their last opportunity to either impress me or somebody else watching.

“The pleasing bit of last weekend for me was that we saw a team going for automatic promotion and we showed we can compete.

“It shows that we’re at a good level and the biggest thing for me to take away was that we need to be more consistent and perform like that more often.

“I believe we’ve got good players at this football club and for them to showcase their talents, they need to put in performances like that more regularly.”

Stockdale confirmed that Jimmy Keohane will be missing as he undergoes surgery on his shoulder, but that Jim McNulty and Liam Kelly should both be available again.

“Jimmy Keohane has had a shoulder injury for a significant amount of time, since even before I came here. We’ve taken this opportunity to get him under the knife and operated on, to hopefully clear it up. It’s the earliest we could get him in but means he’s potentially back for the start of the season.

“Coming back will be Jim McNulty, who was ill at the weekend. Liam Kelly is now fit, so he comes into the reckoning. The Youth Team had their final on Tuesday night, so we’ll count the bodies from that and see if there’s anyone fit and available to come in.”


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