LEYTON Orient boss Richie Wellens has declared that Newport County AFC are in ‘a false position’ after the League Two leaders failed to crack the Exiles.

The O’s are highly unlikely to play County next season after a superb first half of the campaign that has earned a healthy lead at the top of the table.

Orient are looking good for promotion while the 18th-placed Exiles are simply looking to stretch away from those in a relegation scrap.

They added another point to their tally after drawing 0-0 with the east Londoners at Rodney Parade on Friday.

Graham Coughlan’s side gave the pace-setters a proper test in their bid to repeat a shock 2-1 win at Brisbane Road under James Rowberry.

Wellens was pleased to leave with a share of the spoils after previously being given a torrid time in Newport with Swindon and Salford City.

“I’ve never got a point here as a manager,” said the former midfielder. “The pitch is actually good now, but my teams have always been footballing teams and they’ve always been beaten up.

“We didn’t get beat up, we stood up to everything that they threw at us. I am happy with a point.”

“I think Newport are in a false position,” he continued. “They are a very similar team to last year, if you take away Finn Azaz and Dom Telford, when they finished in and around the play-offs.

“I think they are a good team and they have had a reaction since the new manager has come in. I like Graham, he’s a good manager.

“But I think the way they play, with a back three, they’re wide open to play through and we should have been better at capitalising on that.”