Angry Pipe and Edinburgh expect County to bounce back
6:52am Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
NEWPORT County’s angry manager and captain were in no mood for excuses after Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Rochdale.
The Exiles were well beaten at Spotlands and could’ve lost by a greater margin in a one-sided contest.
Skipper David Pipe, who was responsible for the hosts’ third goal, admitted his side are distressed by their performance.
“Rochdale are a decent side but we contributed to that, we were disappointing individually and collectively,” he said.
“We are all disheartened, no-one likes to lose and you’ll see a reaction and a performance from us in the next game because that’s the kind of group we are.
“We’ve had three away games in a week but we are professional athletes, we look after ourselves, we eat right and it’s not an excuse.
“That isn’t the reason we lost, we lost because we weren’t with it, and against a good side you’ll get punished.
“We got beaten fair and square and on Saturday there will be a reaction.
“If we’d scored the penalty and I don’t make the mistake you never know, but we’ll train well and go into the next game with a positive attitude.
“The balls to the front men weren’t good enough from myself and everyone else and it’s difficult for them when they don’t get the service.
“It’s difficult, hard for the fans, there were a few things shouted but they pay their money and deserve their opinion. We can only apologise to them.
“As the captain I know we weren’t good enough.”
Edinburgh is expecting a reaction.
“We were convincingly beaten by the better side, all three goals can be avoided and we didn’t deserve to get back into the game,” he said.
“We were desperately poor by our standards and it was in every area. There are no excuses.
“Our character is tested every week and we must learn from it and work hard and move on and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“It’s rare for us to lose like that, we came up against a team too good, as a club we’ve let ourselves down, we struggled in every aspect of our game and we need to be much better.”
Edinburgh was also frustrated Adam Chapman failed to convert a penalty that would’ve made the score 2-1.
“We didn’t deserve that opportunity, but when it came along we had to dispatch it because it could change the game,” he said.
“If we score their decision would be more fragile, they wouldn’t have been so calm and collected, but we didn’t manage to score.
“But this is a fantastic group and this is a learning curve for us, we can progress on from this.
“I would expect Rochdale to be up there, they’re a good passing side, but that was us at our worst.”
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