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Head Coach's thoughts on Tuesday's game in South Wales

22 October 2019

Reds are back on the road tonight when they head to Newport County in Sky Bet League 2.

Having lost 2-1 to second-placed Bradford on Saturday - when a strong second-half performance failed to yield the point we perhaps deserved - it's another tough test against third-placed Newport, who are unbeaten at home this season and have the meanest defence in the section with just seven goals let in.

Instead of heading back to Sussex after Bradford, the squad spent three days at St George's Park training and resting before travelling to Newport on Monday.

So there can be no excuse for poor preparation, according to GC.

"We saw this a while ago as a potential issue with all the travelling so to spend this time at St George's Park has been very good for the boys," said the Italian.

"But it won't mean much if we don't produce a performance against Newport. That is the focus, focus, focus for us."

Gaby's counterpart Michael Flynn recently signed a new contract after he had been linked with the manager's vacancy at Lincoln City and GC has praised the work Flynn has done at Rodney Parade.

"For the last two seasons they have been excellent, a strong side who don't let many goals in and work very hard with a good coach and a strong mentality. 

"So this is another big challenge for us."

Another is making sure his team start well. Reds only got going in their last two games in the second half and can't afford another under-par first 45.

"This is correct," said Gaby. "We have spoken about it. We have to have the same intensity in the first minute as the 90th. When we have done that this season we have been a match for any opponent."

With players slowly returning after injury Reds should soon be picking from a full-strength squad ahead of another busy period.

At least Monday's FA Cup draw spared us another long away day. Instead, Scunthorpe will be at The People's Pension Stadium in November for a first round tie. "We're at home and that is the main thing but we will worry about this in a few weeks. We have a lot of tough challenges to contend with before FA Cup," added Gaby. 

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