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INTERVIEW: Joe Newton's Charlton Reaction

The defender reflected on Monday's win...

24 March 2021

Sky Blues defender Joe Newton was pleased with how him and his team-mates fared in Monday’s 4-0 win over Charlton Athletic.

Newton started the game and played a key role in City’s second of the game, after showing the attacking side of his play with a storming run down the left.

Speaking after the final whistle, Newton told how the experience players in the side on Monday helped play their role in securing back-to-back wins.

“We went into the game knowing that we had a strong team and were sort of favourites and a bit of pressure on our side, but credit to the first team boys every single one of them worked their socks off.

“It made it easier for us younger boys to play with them and they gave us confidence when we got on the ball.

“It was good (playing his part in the second goal), I enjoy that part of my game and I want to improve to get more goals and more assists and create more goals, and it was good to get the one.”

This season, in terms of the results, the Under-23s performances haven’t matched their league position in the Professional Development League.

However, Newton and the 23s are looking to finish the season strongly and build on their wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton.

“We know we haven’t been performing the best against teams this season compared to last season and I know the season before that we got to the play-offs.

“I think it’s the first back-to-back wins since last year, so it was really good to get that and try and push on and get a third on Thursday.”

The 2020/21 season has been an eventful one for Newton, as it started in the worst possible way when he broke his leg in pre-season.

However, he has battled back and played a key part across the defensive unit and has also ventured into the heart of defence at times.

“You’ve just got to adapt to the different positions. I think when I was 16, I was playing striker in Sunday league so to go from that and come and play here against high quality strikers and players you’ve got to adapt quickly, but it’s been a good challenge.

“I think personally I think it’s been probably better for me than last season, I mean last year was my first season and I was sort of getting into the rhythm and adapting to 23’s football and how they play.

“I think this year I’m doing better and recognising what to do and not to do in certain situations, and since I’ve come back from injury, I’ve been enjoying it.”

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