JAKE Cain is showing the qualities of title-seeking Liverpool in Newport County AFC’s promotion campaign, boss James Rowberry has said.
The 20-year-old loanee was a key figure in the Exiles’ 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers at Rodney Parade, which lifted them to fourth in League Two on Saturday.
Cain helped protect the defense when sitting in midfield alongside the influential Scot Bennett, but also produced a number of telling moments in attack.
He warded off a first chance at Rob Street with a delicious long pass, hit the outside of the post with a free kick and was a yard wide with another, hit a shot just past the post and forced the keeper of goalkeeper James Belshaw to an in-flight stoppage.
Cain was slowly introduced to the team after signing in August and his importance grew in the absence of injured midfielder Robbie Willmott.
“He stepped up and you can see he’s a product of Liverpool and trained with the first team there,” manager Rowberry said.
âHis ability to counter the press and be in transition shows how good he can be and how well he suits the team.
“Jake knows he still has areas to improve and he’s lucky to have Scot on his side and Robbie, Matty Dolan and all the senior guys to help him out. It’s a really good opportunity to continue to develop Jake.
Cain & Co are now gearing up for a hectic flurry of fixtures which start in Stevenage on Saturday before heading to Carlisle midweek and hosting Hartlepool under the Friday night lights.
The Exiles are fresh off a series of home Test matches against resurgent Oldham and promotion rivals Mansfield, Tranmere, Forest Green and Bristol Rovers.
They took nine points from a possible 15 but are aware of their players’ workload with Rowberry ready to tinker to ensure he is not added to the injured list.
âThe next spell is three games in seven days, Saturday, Tuesday and Friday. It will have its own challenges,â he said.
âWe have to be physically ready and prepare properly. I’m going to give the guys a few days off and we leave on Tuesday.
“We have to protect the players and that’s why we brought in James Waite, we have the ability to rest the players when needed. It is important that other players then step in as they did against Bristol Rovers.