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Respect the point

Nolan pleased with Newport stalemate

17 February 2018

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Kevin Nolan was pleased to see his side come away with a clean sheet from their trip to Newport County.

The Magpies played out a goalless draw against the Exiles at Rodney Parade and the manager was happy with how his men defended as they registered a first clean sheet in nine outings.

"You have to respect the point," he said. "It was a difficult game on a difficult pitch in difficult conditions but I thought the lads handled it well and we looked rock solid defensively.

"We needed a bit more patience and quality in the final third to take three points.

"But we've taken four points from our last two games, which I am really positive about, and I'm looking forward to another tough game at Cambridge on Tuesday.

"I'm delighted with the point and clean sheet - it had been a while - but we have to build on it now. If we continue to keep clean sheets it will give us an opportunity to get a lot of points on the board."

There was bad news on the injury front, however, with Mason Bennett returning to Derby for treatment after undergoing an operation on a hamstring injury sustained at Barnet last weekend.

"All we can hope is that the recovery from his operation goes well and he gets his opportunities when he comes back fit and well," said Nolan.

"If there is something to be done for next season then we will discuss it but Mason's health is the most important thing for now.

"We wish him well in his recovery."

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