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Caldwell on Newport County

25 August 2017

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Gary Caldwell spoke to the media this morning, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Newport County, a wide range of topics were discussed, here’s some of what he had to say.

On the signing of Andy Kellett: -

“He has great versatility, great dribbling skills, great feet to take us from one end of the pitch to the other quickly, at Wigan he played left wing-back, left-back, and also played no. 10 and scored a couple of goals at an important time of the season for us, so he gives us great versatility down that left-hand side.

“From Bolton, he moved on to Manchester United, and I saw him playing for Man United’s reserves and in that team, he showed great quality so he’s going to be a massive addition to the squad.”

On Port Vale result: -

“It was great, it was a reward for the hard work and the belief that the players showed in what we’re doing, I believed we weren’t far away in the performances we’ve had so far and we just needed that bit of luck that you always need to win games.

“I felt on Saturday we defended extremely well for the first period and once we got into our stride of passing the ball we were fantastic and could have scored more goals on the day.

“We always analyse games, we always show video and have a clear message about things we need to work on, but I think more powerful than that is showing the players positive clips, and how when they do it right how much we can hurt teams, and that reinforces what we work on on the training pitch and gives them great belief and confidence in what they’re doing, so it’s always important to have that to show the players.”

On Newport team news: -

“Everyone’s trained all week, we’ve had a good chance to rest after the busy start to the league and cup campaign so everyone’s rested or trained, we had a game on Monday where the players were outstanding against a very strong Northampton team, they all came through that well and with confidence, so we’re looking forward to Saturday.”

On Newport challenge: -

“I went to the game on Tuesday at Leeds, I always like to see a team live when I can, and they were excellent, 5-1 was an unfair reflection on the game, and they will provide us with a really stiff test.

"It’s their first game at home this season so their fans will be up for it and it will be another big challenge for us.”

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