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INTERVIEW: If we're at it, it takes care of itself

Gav Skelton on tonight's opponents

15 March 2022

United host Newport County tonight looking to extend their current winning streak to five games, albeit as they face another of the division’s form teams.

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Looking ahead to the kick-off under the floodlights, assistant boss Gav Skelton said: “We’re excited and looking forward to it.

“You want to embrace it and keep that energy and momentum going, that good feeling. They’ve had injuries, second half they were excellent on Saturday, they had injuries and brought Dolan and Haynes on, who are two really good players at this level.

“It shows their strength in depth. They’ve obviously got aspirations of getting promoted, it's why they are where they are, they score a lot of goals, but we have our own aspirations.

“We respect them but if we’re are at it, the rest will take care of itself. If we’re not, it will be a difficult game.

“The players should be embracing and looking forward to it, rather than feeling nervous. We’ve had enough of them where every game feels tough, no matter who, when it’s not going well.

“When it’s going well you look forward to games. We have to maintain that desire and will to win, know the difference in how you feel when you do. You wake up better, everything’s just better when you’re winning.”

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MATCH UPDATE: Newport

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On what we can expect to see from the visitors, he commented: “They’ve changed a bit to be fair. They’ve changed shape a little bit, but still have players who’ve been there a long time.

“They mix it up, and are a threat. You know even if they’re not in the game they’ve got a goal scorer who can do it. They’re a good side and I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up a top three team.

“Dom Telford has something like 25 goals, he plays on the shoulder and if you score that many goals you’re obviously a good player. He’s not just done it once season, he’s done it previously with Plymouth and Bury and had a good record.

“He’s a threat, and they’ve got some good experience in this league combined with some young loanees from different clubs that are very neat, tidy and positive.

“If you’re second or third over 35 games you must be a good side, and they’ve shown they can do both sides of the game, play a bit, compete a bit, good at set-plays, they’re a really good side.

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PREVIEW: Newport

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“We’ve watched quite a lot of them. In the second half at Stevenage they were really good and perhaps could have gone on and won by more. Against Bristol Rovers they were decent.

“We’re aware and the players will be aware of how good a side they are. But the run we’re on we’re confident we can cause them problems and let them worry about us as well.”

A concern from Saturday was midfielder Jamie Devitt, who left the pitch with just over 30 minutes left to play with a tightness in his hamstring.

“Hopefully it’s not as bad as we thought at the weekend, but we’ll just have to wait and see how he is,” he said. “The other injured lads are getting closer.

“They’re all wanting to be part of it and pushing each other. It’s a squad effort but there’s nothing like being back in that eleven, to share that feeling.

“Obviously we saw Bren, and Rod was on the bench, they’re getting there, just short of game time. It’s hard with the fixtures we’ve had. They’ve trained well, for a couple of weeks now, and they’re getting back to where they want to be.”


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