Boss speaks in-depthManager Nigel Adkins spoke at length to the press after Saturday's draw at Wigan, discussing transfers, ownership, Simon Cox, young players, targets for the season and much more. Read on for the boss' full thoughts.
...the Wigan game
We came away from home and were the dominant side, especially in the second half, we created a phenomenal amount of chances. I thought we looked fit, strong and assertive. We were unlucky to be behind, we'd started well and their goal was actually going wide before it hit Shaun and went in. Our equaliser was a great team move, and then the second one was off the training ground.
We played some really good football. The spirit from a young side was there for all to see, as well as the quality. Feds was knocking it out from the back and it opened play up really nicely.
I know a lot of fans took six hours to get there, so we really appreciate that. I read in Wigan's programme that only Leicester won more away games than us last season, so long may that continue. I was sick we didn't get three points, we were well worthy of the draw but there are many positives to take.
It was really pleasing to be able to bring Simon Cox on, who looked a class act. He only had one training session but came on and did really well. Danny Guthrie's not had any pre-season at all but also came on for half an hour.
Ryan Edwards made his debut, had an excellent pre-season and to start his first game in the Championship is really pleasing. Jake Taylor as well for a full League debut, he's been here since the age of 8 and it's really exciting what is going on. Ten out of our 18 players had come through the Academy.
...Newport cup match
We've got another game in the cup now and we've got to build on that really good start. We've got a relentless period of games going Saturday/Tuesday, with a young, hungry squad. There aren't many changes we can make, we'll see where everyone is and take stock. Everyone will get plenty of game time just due to the number of games we've got. With a first team squad of around 20, nine have stepped up from the under 21s. Confidence will be lifted after Saturday.
Alex McCarthy will play in goal but Jamie Mackie has a minor hamstring, and Anton Ferdinand is waiting on international clearance.
...ownership and transfers
There's a new consortium joining us, and we've been able to add to a young, hungry group of players. Hopefully with the new owners coming in it will add some stability, it looks as if it's closer which is great.
I was asked by the press if we'd be adding players substantially, but obviously Financial Fair Play has to be looked at and we're mindful of that. We've brought in Simon, Jamie and now Anton. We're not going to swamp the football club with loads of players, the pathway has to be there for young players, and the characters have to be right with those coming in.
There are lessons from last year that we've learned, and the players have been putting hard work in.
We're still young, ambitious and we've got to make sure we enjoy this season. Allow the young players to make mistakes. We won't set any targets.
Last year I wanted us to win the league but it didn't happen. We've got to make sure we're stable and build on our foundations. We started well with a point on Saturday.