Newport County: Manager Feeney defends players against cheat claim

Warren Feeney, manager of Newport County
Manager Warren Feeney holds back one of his players as tempers get heated at Kenilworth Road following the late penalty

Manager Warren Feeney has denied Newport players are cheats following the 2-1 defeat by Luton Town.

Luton's Cameron McGeehan, 21, was quoted as saying Newport's players were "nasty and they cheat" after the match.

Feeney expects the 21-year-old McGeehan - who scored a controversial late penalty - to be disciplined by the Football Association.

"I read some of his comments and I think he's very naive in what he's saying," said Feeney.

"I think it's a wee bit of immaturity from him but he's going to learn. He's a young boy and he'll probably learn the hard way now."

Cameron McGeehan
Cameron McGeehan scored the late penalty that angered Newport and also made the comments that further enraged the Exiles

The hotly-disputed stoppage time penalty was McGeehan's second successful spot-kick in a bad-tempered game.

Feeney said the penalty decision after a challenge on Luton's Pelly Ruddock was "absolutely disgraceful".

"I can see the FA throwing the book at him. Cheat is a strong strong word and I don't think our players did cheat," said the Northern Irishman.

"Our players are honest, they want to win and I think that's a good thing to have."

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