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Posted Wednesday, October 10th 2018

'A great experience...a big step up' - Bakinson

Tyreeq Bakinson is loving life in South Wales, with a number of outstanding performances on loan at Newport County.

The midfielder has completed all ten Sky Bet League Two matches which he has started this season, grabbing one goal and three assists in that time.

He has also claimed five man of the match performances, as he has taken his loan spell by storm.

"It’s going really well at the moment," he told bcfc.co.uk

"All you want as a footballer is to get game time and play men’s football, to get that exposure.

"You never know what you’re going to get on loan but it is working out well for me!"

The central midfielder scored his only goal of the 2018/19 campaign so far away to Oldham Athletic - a 69th-minute winner which was voted by Newport County fans as their goal of the month for September.

Bakinson said: "My goal against Oldham Athletic felt really good.

"I had been getting a bit of stick from the manager (Mike Flynn) for my shooting so it was a bit of a relief to see that one go in the back of the net!"

"All you want as a footballer is to get game time and play men’s football, to get that exposure. You never know what you’re going to get on loan but it is working out well for me!"

Tyreeq Bakinson

Bakinson made his City debut in last season's Carabao Cup win v Crystal Palace

And the former Luton Town Academy player, who joined City in August 2017, was full of praise for the loan system.

When asked if he could feel himself improving as a footballer, Bakinson replied: "Yes, playing on loan has been very beneficial for me, but it’s good for every player who wants to be out there play games.

"I am playing men’s football regularly which is a great experience and it is a big step up from playing Under-23s football."

This goal for Newport County won goal of the month.

Bakinson has also proved his assist skills too.

Bakinson, alongside fellow loanees from City Antoine Semenyo and Cameron Pring, helped the Exiles extend their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions, as they drew 1-1 with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday (October 6th).

Elsewhere from the weekend:

Jonny Smith - The wide man scored in Tranmere Rovers' seven-goal thriller as they beat Morecombe 4-3. He netted to put Tranmere 3-1 ahead. The host's clawed it back to 3-3 before his side struck an 89-minute winner.

Opi Edwards, Jake Andrews, Saikhou Jannah, Connor Lemonheigh-Evans - The four City men helped Torquay United to their fourth game without defeat, as they beat Brightlingsea Regent 3-0 in the FA Cup Third Round Qualifier. Andrews assisted the Gulls' second goal with a corner, before adding the final goal of the game with a diving header.

Alhaji Sesay - The keeper was in fine form between the sticks as Dorchester beat Basingstoke Town 2-1.

Shawn McCoulsky and Taylor Moore - The pair earned a clean sheet as they stretched Southend United's unbeaten run to four games in a 0-0 draw against Oxford United.

Rory Holden - The young Northern Ireland forward helped Barrow to a 2-1 victory over Sutton United.

George Nurse - Played his role in Weston-super-Mare's 1-0 win against Coggeshall Town in the FA Cup third round qualifier.

Zak Vyner - The defender was a late second-half substitute in Rotherham United's 3-1 defeat away to Birmingham City.

Aden Baldwin - Was substituted as Cheltenham Town lost 3-0 away to MK Dons.

Harvey Smith - The centre-back featured in Hereford's 3-0 FA Cup Third Round Qualifier defeat to Welling United.

Jojo Wollacott, Tom Richards - The pair were unable to prevent Truro City's 3-0 defeat to Concord Rangers in their last outing.