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Graham Coughlan rages as individual errors cost Newport again

01 Jan 2024 3 minute read
Newport County manager Graham Coughlan Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Seething Newport boss Graham Coughlan bemoaned his side’s “individual errors” after a 1-1 draw at Sutton.

Shane McLoughlin fired the Exiles ahead 10 minutes from time, but Tope Fadahunsi secure the strugglers a dramatic 90th-minute draw at Gander Green Lane.

“I thought we were the better team, we should have won and we should be seeing that game through,” admitted a frustrated Coughlan.

“We should have won 1-0. It would have been a good, perfect away performance.

“We should have seen it through, but we made a really horrendous error to concede the goal.

“It’s the story of our season with individual errors and we only come away with a point instead of three.

“It happens at this level, but we are making too many mistakes and too many individual errors to have any type of progress at the football club.

“I’m the manager and I guess it falls on my head to sort that out.

“It’s frustrating. I’m angry and annoyed. Like I say, those individual errors have been there for a long while, if it’s not one it’s another.”

Jason Goodliffe has taken interim charge of Sutton after Matt Gray was sacked last month.

An upturn in form over the festive period has seen the Us drag themselves off the foot of the League Two table.

Goodliffe said: “I thought the start of the game was a bit flat. They seemed to be taking ages to get the ball back into play.

“We hit the bar and another good passage of play. We felt we maybe should have gone in 1-0 up.

“I decided to put another one up top at half-time, and we grew stronger into the game.

“We just missed that cutting edge and then we got hit by a sucker punch out of nothing and you wonder if it’s going to be one of those days.

“Credit to the team because it’s easy to crumble when things go against you. They’ve stuck at it and kept going to get something.

“If we had another five or 10 minutes then we might have won it. We have to be happy with a point in the end.

“It was typical of our season to concede late on. You think you’ve done things right to then concede as we did was disappointing.

“We could easily have folded, but the response was great and we found a way of getting the goal.

“It was great to see Tope celebrate in the corner. He’s a hungry boy and trains really hard. I’m pleased for him.”

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