Edinburgh’s biggest night soured by Anthony agony
NEWPORT County AFC boss Justin Edinburgh admits that Tuesday’s stunning win at Brighton is his career highlight as a manager, but he’s adamant that the entire occasion is overshadowed by Byron Anthony’s horror injury.
The Exiles stunned the Championship outfit – 180 minutes from the Premier League last term – to triumph 3-1 after extra-time.
Anthony, who was captain for the night, suffered a double break of his right leg and a dislocation in a clash with Inigo Calderon in the 67th minute at the Amex Stadium.
But Edinburgh said the win over Brighton “without a doubt” eclipsed anything he’s achieved as a manager.
“We’ve come to a fantastic arena against a fantastic team with real high-class quality players and for long periods of time we’ve had to chase tirelessly,” he said. “But I always say my team never know when they’re beaten and I think that was shown in abundance.
“And I don’t think it was by luck. “I think it was a thoroughly deserved win.”
However, Edinburgh admits all his thoughts are with Anthony, even though he doesn’t blame Calderon for the incident.
“I don’t think there was any malice in it,” said the former Spurs defender.
“There was no malice or intent from the Brighton player – I just want to clear that up.
“But of course all our thoughts are with Byron and it overshadows everything else.
“Obviously we’re going to miss him for a long period of time now, which is a massive blow, because he’s been a fantastic player since the day he got into the team through to being captain of the team [on Tuesday].
“We’re hugely disappointed for him but we’ll move on and we’ll dedicate that victory to him.
“It was an awful incident and an awful.
“There’s no doubt players have to celebrate [a famous victory] and we have in there, but Byron is at the forefront of our mind and I’m sure he’ll recover.”
The Exiles boss is now looking forward to finding out who County get in the next round.
Initially he said he’d like to play his old club Spurs, but they don’t enter until the third round.
“Any Premier League team I suppose then, at home so we can get a bumper crowd,” he said.
When pushed on the potential to play Cardiff he quipped: “I don’t think the police will be too happy with that one! Obviously it would be fantastic for the fans though.”
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