Newport County: Play-offs a 'minimum' - Aaron O'Connor

Newport County signed Aaron O'Connor from Luton Town in 2012
Newport County signed Aaron O'Connor from Luton Town in 2012

Aaron O'Connor says that claiming a place in the League Two play-offs is the "minimum" for Newport County.

The 31-year-old striker helped his team-mates fight back from going a goal down to beat Carlisle 2-1 on Saturday.

That saw the Exiles move to within a point of the automatic promotion spots.

"You'd be stupid if you didn't think we had a chance of promotion, if we're realistic with the position we're in I think minimum play-offs is what we want and what everyone expects," he said.

"If we can just cement that play-off place - obviously it's still a long way away and we're not taking anything for granted - but keep chipping away and get in that top three at the end of the season, you never know.

"We've been in this league a year and a half now and seen what everyone has to offer.

"If we keep doing what we're doing we're a match for anyone."

Courtney Meppen-Walter had given Carlisle an early lead, but Adam Chapman equalised from the penalty spot before Lee Minshull completed County's comeback.

Portsmouth are the next visitors to Rodney Parade on Saturday and O'Connor says Newport are becoming very difficult to beat at home.

"No one likes coming here. We've heard it constantly all season: managers and players when they leave say they don't like coming here, we're tough, we're hard to beat," he added.

"Anyone who comes here we won't disappoint, if that's what they expect that's what we'll give them - a tough game.

"If anyone who comes here gets a point or three points they're going to have to work hard for it."

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