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Newton: "I'm enjoying my football again"

5th September 2019

With the Minstermen on the back of what has been an encouraging start to the National League North season, defender Sean Newton revealed how he is enjoying his football again and thriving under the management of Steve Watson.

Newton converted an awe-inspiring free kick last month to notch his first goal of the campaign on what was a memorable afternoon for City as they eased past early promotion favourites, Spennymoor Town with a 4-1 victory.

The City left-back spoke to the local media after his stunning set piece: “I said to the boys during the last few games (pre-Spennymoor) that I fancy myself to score one soon enough – I’ve hit the post and tested the keepers at times, but luckily I’ve managed it.

“I wasn’t even meant to be taking it as it was set up for a right footer, but the keeper was stood centrally, so I told the lads that I fancied it. They told me to do it – but to make sure that I scored, and luckily for me it went to plan!”

Newton added: “Winning games breeds confidence, and the lads who were here last year had finished on a high, so we were keen to kick on.

“Since the manager has come in he’s been a different class, he’s got the players who were here last year playing out of their skins and he’s bought in good players too – the side at the minute is solid, even when we’re not at our best, we’re still winning games. We’ve won 4-1 away at Spennymoor, and that’s a sign of a good team.

“I don’t know what’s changed this year, but sometimes as a player you get stuck in a rut and that’s hard to get out of.

“For me personally, it’s been the manager. I was struggling to be honest and at one point I was close to leaving the club. I wasn’t getting the game time I needed and all I wanted to do was play. The gaffer has come in, he’s been a breath of fresh air and he’s got me back to my best.

“I’m fit and I’m enjoying my football again. That’s the difference, the lads are enjoying coming in to work every day.”

Newton also had his say on the impact of 35-year-old defensive stalwart, Steve McNulty following his arrival from League One outfit Tranmere Rovers this summer, he said: “What he’s done within his career, what he has won, it speaks volumes. Just him being on the pitch is enough, even if he’s injured, you could still put him on, he’s calm and collected.

“In the second half (vs Spennymoor) I was losing my head – thinking they were going to score, and he tells me not to worry while I’m ranting and raving.

“When you’re winning regularly, you don’t feel tired, you just can’t wait for the next game”, Newton concluded.



Article by Rob Glover

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