Date: 19th October 2008 at 1:12pm
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In a quiet game for both goalkeepers inform Exeter were kept at bay by Town stopper Phil Barnes while City defender Matt Gill had to hack the ball off the line as Peter Bore came closest to grabbing Town’s first win of the season.

After the game, speaking to Compass FM, Newell said, “I am really pleased because we have come to a difficult place and played against a side that were on a good run, going by the reports that we have had,”

“The worst feeling in the world is getting beat and you start with a solid base. We know we have to win though because we haven’t won yet this season. You have to start by being hard to beat and we were.

“But the defensive stuff started at the front and I was really pleased with the way the strikers worked and closed people down and the way the wide men worked. I am really pleased with the effort all the players put in.

“We got in on a couple of occasions. Peter [Bore] had a header that he may have scored with on another day and we have had a couple of chances in the second half.

“We have had two hard fixtures with Wycombe last week, who were unbeaten, and Exeter this week, who had won their last three games, so I am very pleased.

“You can’t give Exeter a chance to play because they would hurt you. But we closed them down, the first half in particular, and knocked them out of their stride.

“You can see that they have quality and a threat up front with [Adam] Stansfield, but I am really pleased because it has been two hard fixtures to start with.”