Graham Westley: Newport County boss will not 'tolerate rubbish'

Newport's Marlon Jackson reacts following the defeat by Stevenage
Newport's 2-0 defeat at home to Stevenage was their third successive League Two loss

Newport County manager Graham Westley admits he had "harsh words" for his players following their defeat by Stevenage.

County remain bottom of League Two after losing 2-0 at home to Westley's former club.

"I'm not prepared to tolerate that sort of rubbish anymore," he said.

"We weren't game intelligent enough, we showed naivety and didn't do enough of those basic things. If you don't do the basics in football you pay the price."

Westley added: "We had enough chances to get something from the game but we weren't clinical enough.

"There's some harsh words being said because I won't tolerate that."

Newport have lost their last three successive league games to leave them one point away from safety at the foot of League Two.

Graham Westley
Graham Westley succeeded Warren Feeney as Newport County manager in October

Defeat against Stevenage came after the Exiles had secured an FA Cup second round replay with a 0-0 draw at Plymouth Argyle last Saturday.

Despite his criticism of the Stevenage performance, Westley added: "We must not get ourselves too down.

"We were elated on Saturday night because we'd got that draw at Plymouth in difficult circumstances and we played well.

"As with every young side you are going to get your ups and you are going to get your downs.

"Sometimes the downs come immediately after the ups."

Westley described Saturday's home fixture against 17th placed Morecambe as a game Newport "have to win."

"It's one of those games that defines who we are and defines what we are all about," Wesley said.

"If we want the points on Saturday we can earn them so it's up to us to do that."

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