Edinburgh not fretting over formation
10:01am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh is dropping no hints as to what formation he’ll play this weekend despite criticism over his tactics, writes Michael Pearlman.
The Exiles are looking to bounce back following their 3-0 slump at Rochdale last weekend, a performance Edinburgh feels was by far Newport’s worst of the campaign.
It coincided with Edinburgh ditching his 5-3-2 formation for the first time this season and many supporters believe the tactical change was at the least a mitigating factor and at worst, folly.
Edinburgh’s decision has been questioned or criticised on the Argus Twitter feed and County’s online messageboard, but Edinburgh doesn’t feel the change in tactics are an issue that need addressing.
“Saturday’s performance doesn’t alter my thinking on formations, formations don’t win games, the players do,” he said.
“But we’ll always pick whatever team or formation we feel is best for Newport County, on a game-by-game basis.
“It’s what I did last year and it’s what I’ve done throughout my managerial career.
“Each game we set out to win and it’s all about what personnel you have available to make sure those players are in their best positions.
“But we didn’t lose because we changed formation. We lost because we defended poorly and didn’t retain possession anywhere near well enough.
“We’ve moved on though and quickly. We’ve only concentrated on the York and Plymouth games and whatever team I select, we expect far greater aggression and tempo and level of performance.”
Edinburgh has been forced to take it easy this week after joining the walking wounded on the sidelines. The manager is the latest Newport man to need surgery, having an old war wound from his playing days attended to on his left knee.
“I’m alright, thankfully there are no fitness tests for me tomorrow,” he joked.
“It’s a good test for us against York and a good chance for us to bounce back following a bitterly disappointing performance.”
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