Anthony Hudson defiant on Newport County slump

Anthony Hudson
Anthony Hudson's Newport County have won just once in the league this season

Anthony Hudson has vowed to Newport County fans that he is the man to drag the Exiles out of the Blue Square Bet Premier League relegation zone.

The Welsh club were hoping for a play-off push this season but County are in the bottom four as their 5-0 defeat at Mansfield was a fourth successive loss.

Chairman Chris Blight apologised to County fans insisting the performance at Field Mill "isn't acceptable".

But County boss Hudson said: "I believe in myself and believe in the group."

Newport are without a win in six matches and the Welsh club are one of three teams on five points after eight games, three points ahead of bottom club Bath City.

Former Tottenham Hotspur coach Hudson, who succecced Dean Holdsworth on a permanent basis in April, is County's fifth full-time manager in nine years.

Newport chief Blight has vowed to "sort this out" but Hudson maintains he "has what it takes" to "turn the corner."

"I've had pressure on myself from when we played Stoke in a pre-season friendly," said the 30-year-old.

"I put enough pressure on myself. I'll be working very hard to put it right and I'll make sure the players continue to work hard to put it right.

"I believe in what I'm doing. I have a massive amount of confidence that we can turn this around.

"When we do, and hopefully it will be quick, I'm sure we'll go on a little run of our own.

"We have a lot of work to do. We have a lot, but a little as it is all fine little details.

"At times like this you have to go back to basics. There are so many individual errors.

"The ability is not in question. Confidence is massively low but I still massively believe in this group."

County travel to eighth-placed Braintree on Saturday hoping for their first win since 16 August.