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Coker: A point to prove to Newport

30 January 2014

Ben Coker wants to make amends for a poor performance against Newport County earlier in the season

Ben Coker says Blues may have a point to prove against Newport County on Friday night at Roots Hall.

Blues were below par against the Exiles in the reverse fixture earlier this season as they were beaten 3-1 by Justin Edinburgh’s side.

While Coker says Newport played well on the day, he felt Blues didn’t do themselves justice at Rodney Parade.

And he’s determined to help put that right when they visit Roots Hall on Friday evening.

He said: “We weren’t at our best when we went there earlier in the season, it was one of our poorest performances.

“We put it behind us as quickly as possible and moved on, going on a very good unbeaten run.

“They were a good side but we made them look better by not playing as well as we can do.

“Hopefully that won’t be the case on Friday night. We maybe have got a point to prove to them that we are a good side.

“It’s a big game, because we want to open up a gap between ourselves and the teams outside the play-offs.

“Newport will want to come here and close that gap so it should be a good game with two good sides.”

Newport didn’t have a midweek game, but have seen the rhythm of their season affected by a number of postponements.

Blues are yet to have a game postponed and have been in FA Cup action.

The Newport tie will be Blues’ third game in six days, but Coker believes the momentum will help them come through the game.

He added: “It can work both ways for the two teams. They could come into the game really fresh having not played in midweek.

“But they’ve not played at all much recently so they could be quite rusty.

“With us on the other hand, it’s a third game in six days, but we’re all still feeling fresh.

“The manager might make a couple of changes to give lads a rest if they need it.

“But at the moment we’re playing with a lot of confidence and that means we can’t wait for every game.”

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