Date: 20th April 2014 at 7:53am
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Manager Neal Ardley has saluted the contribution of man of the match George Francomb in the teams fightback on Good Friday against Newport County.

It looked like it was going to be another one of those days as Newport took a two goal lead, but a second half fightback with goals from on loan Kwesi Appiah and Francomb himself saw us come up with a much needed point and far more positive a result than a loss would’ve been.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Ardley acknowledged that it was a team effort in both getting us into that position to begin with, but also in digging ourselves out of it, but he couldn’t let his interview pass without praise for the man of the match for his efforts.

‘George had a slow start to the season and he knows that. But he’s got the bit between his teeth now. His set piece delivery is fantastic and he’s scored another goal. We are getting there with him, it’s been a long time coming, but I’m really pleased for George because he’s worked hard to get to where he is.’

Obviously when speaking more about the game itself and how things played out, Ardley wasn’t slow to say we should never have been in that position to begin with, but he again had to credit the tenacity of the lads and their character to come back from two down and fight to take a point from a game we were losing again.

‘It should not have been like that in the first place. They were good in the first half, but we were awful.’

The gaffer adds that really after their opener it was a case of trying to get us to half time without conceding the second, and when got there, he obviously made two changes and given what was said during the half time break, he was confident we’d go out there and win the game, but the we conceded the penalty.

’40 seconds in and you start wondering whether that’s going to be the case. But credit to them and one thing that the fans can be proud of in this team is the immense character that they show in adversity.’

Have to hope that in the remaining games we can show the same ‘immense character’ when we aren’t in adversity and start battling the way we know we can from a score less position to take the lead and the win, and use our efforts that way, instead of fighting for a point.

We remains six points above the drop zone though with three games remaining, so that should be safety assured really with that point, as with games left against Plymouth, Morecambe and Accrington you have to be semi confident we will pick up the points to make it mathematically impossible even if we don’t manage it on Monday.

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