Edinburgh relishing battle with Worthington
7:31am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Sport
JUSTIN Edinburgh has underlined the importance of his side getting back on track today, but he’s also relishing his own personal dual in the dug-out, writes Michael Pearlman.
The former Tottenham defender has never managed higher than in League Two, but this afternoon will pit his wits against an ex-Premier League and international boss in Nigel Worthington.
The former Northern Ireland and Norwich manager has a wealth of experience – he also played in the top flight with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United – and Edinburgh confessed that the personal tussle with Worthington represents a great challenge.
“It’s a good test for me coming up against Nigel Worthington,” Edinburgh explained.
“All the clubs we’ve come up against in League Two, technically and physically it has been a step up and the standard of the way people conduct themselves is also better.
“It’s a level up and it’s nice for me as a manager to pit my wits against more experienced managers who have achieved something in the game.
“At this level you won’t find someone that applies to more than Nigel. He’s had a fantastic playing career, he was very steady and he’s taken that into his managerial career.
“He’s not been afraid to take a step back and then come again and that has seen him in League Two as well as the Premier League and playing international games.
“I’ll look forward to that challenge.”
Edinburgh feels it’s an advantage to be playing twice at home in the next three games.
“We’ve moved on from the game at the weekend and it is fortunate for us that we are heading into a week where we play twice at home, because we tend to be very strong here,” he said.
“Whatever team is selected today, we expect far greater and more from our players.”
While many of the players in the County squad – including Ismail Yakubu, Andrew Hughes and David Pipe – have been talking about using the losing FA Trophy Final to York as motivation today, Edinburgh sees it as a non-factor.
“It’s irrelevant of Saturday’s game, they had an amazing season that year and did the double, but they are a totally different club now and so are we, I know for sure we’re a far better outfit.
“We aren’t trying to settle scores from a cup competition in 2012. We are trying to settle scores from a very disappointing result on Saturday.
“But it’ll be a tough game for us, York are a year ahead of us, a year advanced in the Football League, they are equipped for it and we take that on board, but I have no doubt York will have to be at their best on Saturday to leave with anything.”
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