Newport County close on defender signing, says Warren Feeney

Joe Worrall scores Dagenham's second goal against Newport
Newport conceded two early goals against Dagenham & Redbridge but came back to secure a point

Newport County manager Warren Feeney is hoping to sign a centre-half this week.

County fought back from two down to secure a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Dagenham & Redbridge in League Two on Saturday.

Feeney was disappointed with the early goals his side conceded and has targeted experienced defensive reinforcements.

"I'm hoping to get this centre-half over the line by Tuesday," ex-Cardiff and Swansea striker Feeney said.

"I want to bring experience in. No disrespect to the young lads but the position we're in we need men and people who have played games.

"We need soldiers out there who will go toe to toe with anyone."

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Christian Doidge and Joe Worrall put Dagenham 2-0 up inside six minutes against Newport at Rodney Parade.

John-Christophe Ayina and Conor Wilkinson scored on their debuts as Newport fought back to the delight of the manager.

"You can't give teams two-goal starts like we did," Feeney added.

"I'm pleased with the way we applied ourselves after the goals.

"It was a fantastic comeback, a never say die attitude. We'll dust ourselves down and move to Tuesday now.

"It's about winning games and grinding out results."

Leyton Orient away are Newport's opponents on Tuesday, with a trip to Morecambe for County on Saturday.

The Exiles are 20th in League Two and four points clear of the relegation places with 20 games of the season remaining.