We'll rotate the squad, says Exiles assistant boss Jimmy Dack

South Wales Argus: HEAVY GOING: Robbie Willmott on the challenging Rodney Parade surface on Saturday HEAVY GOING: Robbie Willmott on the challenging Rodney Parade surface on Saturday

NEWPORT County AFC are set to shuffle their pack for Tuesday’s home clash with AFC Wimbledon after a disappointing defeat to Cheltenham Town.

The Exiles were superb in beating Oxford United at Rodney Parade last Tuesday but looked drained on the heavy surface as they lost 1-0 to the Robins on Saturday.

Ashley Vincent’s scrappy winner midway through the first half was enough to give the visitors all three points and County struggled to force their way back into the game.

Assistant manager Jimmy Dack blamed ‘tired legs’ for the defeat and said the squad would be rotated in the coming weeks.

“It was very disappointing. We were below par,” said Dack.

“We played well on Tuesday and we had an opportunity to kick on but we are very disappointed.

“We’ve got a very disappointed dressing room, a disappointed manager and disappointed supporters as well.

“What went wrong? We were trying. We were knocking on the door but we couldn’t open it up.

“It was an opportunity to kick on but it’s passed us by and we’ve had that all season. We just can’t seem to exploit a situation and we’re hurting.

“The pitch is a draining pitch and after the Oxford game we did have some really tired legs,” he added.

“There will be a bit of rotation going on now because there were one or two who were short.”

The only change to the starting XI against Cheltenham was the return of Andrew Hughes in place of David Pipe but fans can expect more changes this Tuesday.

“David had a bit of fatigue,” explained Dack. “He cramped up in training and he’s our captain so we wanted to protect him but we hope he’ll be OK for Tuesday.”

Harry Worley will be available again after he completed his two-game ban on Saturday and Christian Jolley should be fit after going down with a sickness bug late last week.

“Wimbledon are on a bad run and we seem to do well under the lights here so we’ll give it our best shot again,” he said. “That’s all we can do.

“We need to give the supporters a lift but they’ve got to give us a lift as well so it’s a double edged sword.

“They want to come here and see goals. They’ve paid good money and we understand that. But we want to see goals as well and it’s not for the want of trying.

“I’ve got to drive home for two and a half hours now thinking about the game,” he added.

“The supporters have been great for us all season and we need them to stick behind us.”

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9:27pm Sat 22 Feb 14

llandaff says...

Well the manager asked us to dig deep. We did. So did the team. They dug a great hole for themselves! A truly shocking "performance."
If the long high ball does not work in the first half it is obvious that it won't work in the second half. So why keep doing it??

Why does this manager meddle with a winning team? If it ain't broke don't try to fix it! "Tired legs" after so few games played is very questionable.

The dubious team formation today was alarming and the attitude of the players was an insult to the loyal fans who had dug so deep!
Why was Hughes on the park when he is so out of of his depth. More importantly why was he not taken off?
Mr Edinburgh must get the side settled and stop trying out unnecessary changes.
We are not in the playoff area and do not have the need as yet to "rotate the team" with so few games played this year. If "rotating the team" causes what we saw today just forget it!
Well the manager asked us to dig deep. We did. So did the team. They dug a great hole for themselves! A truly shocking "performance." If the long high ball does not work in the first half it is obvious that it won't work in the second half. So why keep doing it?? Why does this manager meddle with a winning team? If it ain't broke don't try to fix it! "Tired legs" after so few games played is very questionable. The dubious team formation today was alarming and the attitude of the players was an insult to the loyal fans who had dug so deep! Why was Hughes on the park when he is so out of of his depth. More importantly why was he not taken off? Mr Edinburgh must get the side settled and stop trying out unnecessary changes. We are not in the playoff area and do not have the need as yet to "rotate the team" with so few games played this year. If "rotating the team" causes what we saw today just forget it! llandaff

9:50pm Sat 22 Feb 14

jiffygeorge says...

Llandaff 100% right. Worley must come back plus Pipe, Jackson and Naylor and O'Connor as soon as possible. Two big men up front a waste of time and a throw back to the 1960s. Remember Wales playing Ron and Wyn Davies. That was a waste of time too, but at least they could head a ball.
Llandaff 100% right. Worley must come back plus Pipe, Jackson and Naylor and O'Connor as soon as possible. Two big men up front a waste of time and a throw back to the 1960s. Remember Wales playing Ron and Wyn Davies. That was a waste of time too, but at least they could head a ball. jiffygeorge

10:07pm Sat 22 Feb 14

exrisca says...

jiffygeorge wrote:
Llandaff 100% right. Worley must come back plus Pipe, Jackson and Naylor and O'Connor as soon as possible. Two big men up front a waste of time and a throw back to the 1960s. Remember Wales playing Ron and Wyn Davies. That was a waste of time too, but at least they could head a ball.
Never mind the Davies duo. I remember it was no good at Somerton with Bonson and Hunt!
[quote][p][bold]jiffygeorge[/bold] wrote: Llandaff 100% right. Worley must come back plus Pipe, Jackson and Naylor and O'Connor as soon as possible. Two big men up front a waste of time and a throw back to the 1960s. Remember Wales playing Ron and Wyn Davies. That was a waste of time too, but at least they could head a ball.[/p][/quote]Never mind the Davies duo. I remember it was no good at Somerton with Bonson and Hunt! exrisca

10:25pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Tony Soprano says...

We kept knocking on the door but it wouldn't open? What a load of absolute nonsense!! We kept knocking long balls up against 1 of the biggest centre backs in this league ( Elliott ) who just fed on them all game long then we brought on our secret weapon " Danny Crow " a man who couldn't jump if his life depended on it, I'm a massive fan of Justin Edinburgh but for Gods sake Justin just admit that you got it wrong today, you broke the golden rule in football, you needlessly changed a winning side!!
We kept knocking on the door but it wouldn't open? What a load of absolute nonsense!! We kept knocking long balls up against 1 of the biggest centre backs in this league ( Elliott ) who just fed on them all game long then we brought on our secret weapon " Danny Crow " a man who couldn't jump if his life depended on it, I'm a massive fan of Justin Edinburgh but for Gods sake Justin just admit that you got it wrong today, you broke the golden rule in football, you needlessly changed a winning side!! Tony Soprano

10:57pm Sat 22 Feb 14

ohc says...

Tony Soprano wrote:
We kept knocking on the door but it wouldn't open? What a load of absolute nonsense!! We kept knocking long balls up against 1 of the biggest centre backs in this league ( Elliott ) who just fed on them all game long then we brought on our secret weapon " Danny Crow " a man who couldn't jump if his life depended on it, I'm a massive fan of Justin Edinburgh but for Gods sake Justin just admit that you got it wrong today, you broke the golden rule in football, you needlessly changed a winning side!!
Totally agree
[quote][p][bold]Tony Soprano[/bold] wrote: We kept knocking on the door but it wouldn't open? What a load of absolute nonsense!! We kept knocking long balls up against 1 of the biggest centre backs in this league ( Elliott ) who just fed on them all game long then we brought on our secret weapon " Danny Crow " a man who couldn't jump if his life depended on it, I'm a massive fan of Justin Edinburgh but for Gods sake Justin just admit that you got it wrong today, you broke the golden rule in football, you needlessly changed a winning side!![/p][/quote]Totally agree ohc

1:12am Sun 23 Feb 14

b3talover says...

Actions speak louder than words Mr Dack. If the County play like that again, you won't get a lift out of the fans because there won't be any.
Actions speak louder than words Mr Dack. If the County play like that again, you won't get a lift out of the fans because there won't be any. b3talover

8:32am Sun 23 Feb 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

Why is it that whenever there is a bad Team performance, JE always leaves it to Jimmy to front the media? Also it has not taken them long to start blaming the pitch, which extremely poor as it is, is the same for both sides. We lost because of poor Team selection and lack lustre commitment by some of the players. Pipe with fatigue, what is all that about when we have two players back from serious injury running as if their lives depended on it? Simply, it seems that it was part of squad rotation which backfired, and It now looks like a feeble excuse to justify Hughes inclusion, who himself had put in a very poor performance and shows that he is well short of League standard. Hughes consistently costs a goal a game and Saturday was no different.
Why is it that whenever there is a bad Team performance, JE always leaves it to Jimmy to front the media? Also it has not taken them long to start blaming the pitch, which extremely poor as it is, is the same for both sides. We lost because of poor Team selection and lack lustre commitment by some of the players. Pipe with fatigue, what is all that about when we have two players back from serious injury running as if their lives depended on it? Simply, it seems that it was part of squad rotation which backfired, and It now looks like a feeble excuse to justify Hughes inclusion, who himself had put in a very poor performance and shows that he is well short of League standard. Hughes consistently costs a goal a game and Saturday was no different. Dafydd y Garreg Wen

9:14am Sun 23 Feb 14

RGk147 says...

Shocking performance, I travel two and a half hours each way to watch home games, I certainly won't be spending my time driving that distance on Tuesday night, even though I have tickets from the postponed game.
No passion,no desire, tired,these guys are professionals aren't they, always second to the ball, passing was dreadful, aimless punting the over the top ball to who? We never won a header in the box did we? Don't like singling people out but Andrew Hughes had an afternoon to forget
Truly the worst performance this year,can't we play teams in purple shirts???
Shocking performance, I travel two and a half hours each way to watch home games, I certainly won't be spending my time driving that distance on Tuesday night, even though I have tickets from the postponed game. No passion,no desire, tired,these guys are professionals aren't they, always second to the ball, passing was dreadful, aimless punting the over the top ball to who? We never won a header in the box did we? Don't like singling people out but Andrew Hughes had an afternoon to forget Truly the worst performance this year,can't we play teams in purple shirts??? RGk147

10:40am Sun 23 Feb 14

keithbob says...

cant make the evening games due to il health,but very disappointed after waiting six weeks for another saturday game.we lost the last one then against northampton,no good blaming the pitch,theres two teams on there and they played ok on it..hope we can make up for it tues,but would love to see us get a win again on a saturday next week!.U.T.C.
cant make the evening games due to il health,but very disappointed after waiting six weeks for another saturday game.we lost the last one then against northampton,no good blaming the pitch,theres two teams on there and they played ok on it..hope we can make up for it tues,but would love to see us get a win again on a saturday next week!.U.T.C. keithbob

11:49am Sun 23 Feb 14

jetspotter says...

Look on the bright side chaps. At least no other clubs will come knocking for the manager or any of the players if this form continues !!
Look on the bright side chaps. At least no other clubs will come knocking for the manager or any of the players if this form continues !! jetspotter

12:43pm Sun 23 Feb 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

agree with the comments above, tired legs? they are indeed professionals and have had very little activity this year.

and as for justin admitting he's wrong , that will never happen as he is the boss , and has to be seen to be right , but that is a good manager , A GREAT manager takes on board the comments and does hold his hands up to admit he was wrong, then corrects the mistakes, that is a great manager
agree with the comments above, tired legs? they are indeed professionals and have had very little activity this year. and as for justin admitting he's wrong , that will never happen as he is the boss , and has to be seen to be right , but that is a good manager , A GREAT manager takes on board the comments and does hold his hands up to admit he was wrong, then corrects the mistakes, that is a great manager COUNTYVOICE

2:34am Mon 24 Feb 14

AMBERLING says...

|Agree with everything above, the passing and crosses were sub-standard, shots were like back passes and no tempo or creativity was evident.
Why was Hughes in the team instead of Jackson ? What has the manager got against him - and fullbacks in general ? Hughes tries hard but is too slow, a very basic defender and was sussed as the weak link on Saturday and will be by others in future. Jackson can take on players, cross a decent ball and has pace - all of which we were lacking on Saturday !
This hopeful long-ball style is creeping in again I see, but the front two lost out to the defenders most times and didn't look like opening them up - so why persist with it ? When marking is tight the best way to beat it is with quick, one touch passing and movement - which we are capable of - but we seem so reluctant to do for some reason. In fact we had little pace or enthusiasm about us, and the question of consistency in performance is raised again, as it was last season. You'd think the position we've remarkably achieved, despite so many injuries and setbacks, would be enough to inspire this team to play their hearts out for the final push. Now the squad is almost at full strength surely their place in the team should also be a motivation - you'd think !
. There is a need for the manager to establish a solid, proper back line now, as he's played around with it long enough. You can build on that and inspire confidence through the rest of the team by it. All this mixing and matching of square pegs in round holes has cost us dearly on more than one occasion - why hasn't he learned from it ?
When they're "on song" this team are capable of playing some super football and of achieving great things but their lack of motivation at times (esp. against lower opposition) and inconsistency is a problem that needs addressing - before it's too late !
|Agree with everything above, the passing and crosses were sub-standard, shots were like back passes and no tempo or creativity was evident. Why was Hughes in the team instead of Jackson ? What has the manager got against him - and fullbacks in general ? Hughes tries hard but is too slow, a very basic defender and was sussed as the weak link on Saturday and will be by others in future. Jackson can take on players, cross a decent ball and has pace - all of which we were lacking on Saturday ! This hopeful long-ball style is creeping in again I see, but the front two lost out to the defenders most times and didn't look like opening them up - so why persist with it ? When marking is tight the best way to beat it is with quick, one touch passing and movement - which we are capable of - but we seem so reluctant to do for some reason. In fact we had little pace or enthusiasm about us, and the question of consistency in performance is raised again, as it was last season. You'd think the position we've remarkably achieved, despite so many injuries and setbacks, would be enough to inspire this team to play their hearts out for the final push. Now the squad is almost at full strength surely their place in the team should also be a motivation - you'd think ! . There is a need for the manager to establish a solid, proper back line now, as he's played around with it long enough. You can build on that and inspire confidence through the rest of the team by it. All this mixing and matching of square pegs in round holes has cost us dearly on more than one occasion - why hasn't he learned from it ? When they're "on song" this team are capable of playing some super football and of achieving great things but their lack of motivation at times (esp. against lower opposition) and inconsistency is a problem that needs addressing - before it's too late ! AMBERLING

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