Newport County v Colchester United: Doug Loft ready to hit the heights in South Wales

PUBLISHED: 06:17 17 October 2017

Doug Loft,  who is hoping to have a bigger impact for the U's at Newport County tonight.  Picture: STEVE WALLER

Doug Loft, who is hoping to have a bigger impact for the U's at Newport County tonight. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United midfielder, Doug Loft, is adamant that the U's will learn from their below-par showing in the 1-0 home defeat to Carlisle last weekend, and bounce back to form at Newport County tonight.

The U’s, having notched just one away victory in 2017, up until three weeks ago, have taken four points from their last two outings on the road at Grimsby (2-2 draw) and Yeovil (1-0 win).

Loft played a key role in both these away success stories, and the 30-year-old will be looking to pull the strings in the centre of the park at Rodney Parade, against a Newport side who are currently sitting in the League Two play-off zone.

“Saturday was frustrating. We weren’t at is as much as last week,” said Loft, with reference to the previous weekend’s 2-0 home win over Mansfield,

“I thought Carlisle set up well, but we didn’t reach the same tempo that we managed the other day. We will learn from it and go again, and we have a big game at Newport – we will be ready for that.

“Our away form has been good recently. We’ve started to pick up on the road, and that bodes well.

“Against Carlisle, we should have done better with their goal, and we missed a couple of good chances ourselves. It was disappointing,” added Loft.

Although Loft has been plagued by injuries, since his move from Gillingham in the summer of 2016, he is now finally injury-free and enjoying a run of games.

If he starts tonight, in South Wales, then it will be his sixth league start on the bounce.

“I’m getting regular matches. It feels good to be back, and I enjoy being involved again. I made a few tackles (against Carlisle), but we were disappointed not to get the win. Carlisle sat a man on me, so I found it more frustrating than the Mansfield game. I’d have liked to have offered more, but hopefully I will be able to that at Newport.

“We should have moved the ball quicker, that was our downfall last weekend,” added Loft.

Ryan Inniss and Kane Vincent-Young are both set to miss out again with sore hamstrings.

Squads

NEWPORT: Day, White, Bennett, Demetriou, Pipe, Tozer, Dolan, Labadie, Butler, Armond, Nouble, O’Brien, McCoulsky, Reynolds, Barnum-Bobb, Owen-Evans, Rigg & Quigley.

COLCHESTER: Walker, Eastman, Kent, Kpewaka, Jackson, Loft, Murray, Reid, Wright, Hanlan, Mandron, Kabamba, Odelusi, Slater, Lapslie, James, Comley & Gilmartin.

Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire)

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