Newport manager Terry Butcher calls on young players to 'grow up'

By Rob PhillipsBBC Wales football correspondent
Terry Butcher
Terry Butcher took over as manager of Newport in the close season

Newport County manager Terry Butcher has called on his team to "grow up" quickly as they face a tough trip to League Two rivals Hartlepool United.

Half of the County squad which drew 2-2 with Stevenage Borough on Saturday were teenagers.

But Butcher is hopeful of recruiting new players ahead of Saturday's home clash with Leyton Orient.

"The quicker they learn and we all learn together the better the team will be," said Butcher.

"The younger ones in particular have got to grow up quickly."

County conceded a late goal having hit back from a goal down to lead 2-1 and Butcher said: ''There is no bedding in procedure, no honeymoon period.

"But I have to say the younger players I spoke to at half time on Saturday reacted positively and were excellent.

"So they deserve the praise as well as getting a little bit of my tongue."

County have no new injury worries for the trip to play Hartlepool, who have a 100% record from their three league and cup games to date.

But Butcher is hopeful of adding to his squad by the weekend, saying; ''There has been activity.

"I hope we will have someone else in by the end of the week. We are working very hard to do just that."