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Sean Newton: “Anyone can beat anyone at this level."

11th March 2020

Defender Sean Newton was impressed with the reaction he saw last time out and feels the side can’t look at other results too closely.

Speaking after last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Alfreton, Newton revealed his delight over the performance, particularly in the first half when City went two goals up.

He said: “We were brilliant today from the start and got the two goals which knocked everything out of them really. You could tell they were done on the pitch straight away.”

City bounced back in perfect style from the defeat against Hereford, putting three past Alfreton before they netted a late consolation goal courtesy of Danny Clarke.

“Yeah it was a great reaction from the two games we had previously. We weren’t at our best and everyone knows that, and everyone let us know that. We just needed to make sure we had the reaction from them, and it was a good performance,” added Newton.

“The goal from them, he was three yards offside and there is no doubt in my mind. Even the ref said he thought he was offside, and he went to give it, but the linesman didn’t. That is the only negative really.”

Experienced defender Steve McNulty came back into the squad on Saturday and Newton revealed just how much his presence on the field helps the squad: “I like to get forward and play so for me I love having McNulty back. Him just being on the pitch, his presence calms everyone when we are up against it. He is a born winner; he has done it all his career and I love playing with him.”

Former City player Elliott Durrell returns to Bootham Crescent this Saturday with Altrincham. Newton is confident his side can handle the threat Durrell possesses.

Newton explained: “I think where Durrell plays, in the wide right, really suits him without the tracking back. I don’t think where we played him really suited him but if he is on mine and Fergie’s side it is up to us to keep him quiet.”

Alex Kempster was back amongst the goals, netting City’s second against Alfreton. Newton believes the forward can push on and have a real impact on the rest of the season: “This is the highest level Kempster has played at. It’s his second year of proper football and at the start he was off to a flyer.

“I think the gaffer did the right thing by taking him out for a couple of weeks before bringing him back on and now he is flying again, being the Alex Kempster that we love.”

Newton concluded by saying that performances like last weeks can provide a ‘real boost’. The defender doesn’t really look at other results and feels that if the team continue to perform then that should be enough: “Anyone can beat anyone at this level if you don’t turn up. We just need to look after ourselves. In a way, it is out of our hands if we finish top or not because they are in the driving seat.

“We just need to look after ourselves, take care of our games and keep picking up as many points as we can.”



Article by Luke Davis.

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