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WELLENS PREVIEWS NEWPORT TEST

7 December 2018

Richie Wellens said that his side can cause Newport problems despite the difference in league position between the two sides.

The Exiles sit fourth in the league, whereas Town are in 12th – however, three points can take the home side to within a point of the play-offs.

Wellens was under no illusions regarding the threat that Saturday’s visitors pose.

“You wouldn’t imagine they’d park the bus. They are the same most weeks – organised at the back and very strong.

“Their wing-backs are energetic so when they lose the ball, they’re a back five, but when they have the ball, they do push forward.

“(Jamille) Matt is obviously a big presence up front and they do play off him a lot and get runners, and (Josh) Sheehan is a good midfield player.

“They are up there for a reason because they have been very consistent, but I think if we are on top of our game, we can definitely cause them problems.”

One of the main topics of discussion for Wellens, so far, has been the average age of his squad and starting line-ups – the side that beat Stevenage, discarding Matty Taylor was 21.6 years-old.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead because we are going to be inconsistent in parts of our game because of the sheer nature of our squad, because of injuries and our squad is very young.

“I am talking about experience a lot, but at this level, players who have seen it and done it are so important because sometimes when the young lads are having a bad five minutes, you lean on that experience just to drag you through it.

"What’s great about them (the young players) is that they all want to learn and they’re all so enthusiastic - and on good days we’re going to play really well.”

Going into the festive fixture list, Wellens wants to ensure his side are in the mix come January, where he hopes to add to his squad.

“It’s important that we string a few results together because it’s getting to that stage of the season, but, for now, we just want to stay in and around it until we get January because this squad’s going to need improving, in terms of bringing our average age up a little bit.”

 

 


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