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WE DIDN'T ADAPT - BUCKLE

11 December 2012

Boss on South Wales set-back

Boss Paul Buckle felt his side did not adjust to the freezing conditions as Newport ran out 5-2 winners at Rodney Parade.

The pitch passed two inspections before getting the go ahead as temperatures in South Wales plummeted to below zero, but the Town were left to reflect on a bad day office against a rampant County side - much to Buckle's dismay.

"We knew when we turned up and saw the pitch we needed to fight," the manager said. "It was a night where you couldn't afford to be soft or weak - you needed to put through things and not poke and tap at things.

"Unfortunately Newport adjusted best to the conditions and we struggled. We were bullied in certain areas - but that said we could have scored four or five ourselves.

"Missing Jonathan Smith [who was recalled from his loan by parent club York] and Janos Kovacs [missing through suspension] meant we didn't really have that fight, that steel tonight.

"At 3-2 you could have heard a pin drop inside the ground and in my opinion we had a real chance then but our defending let us down and we've given ourselves little chance to come back into it.

"We know where the faults where but we didn't live up to anything tonight. We didn't adapt, Newport did and they were better than us. Missing Smith and Kovacs didn't help."


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