County boss Justin Edinburgh wants fans to get behind Danny Crow
6:02am Wednesday 4th December 2013 in Sport
NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh hopes fans will get behind striker Danny Crow.
The Exiles number nine scored his fifth goal of the season and third in League Two on Sunday as Newport beat high flying Chesterfield 3-2 at Rodney Parade.
Crow's goal - a sixth minute header - was somewhat ironic with some supporters jeering Crow at Oxford United last week and cheering him mockingly for winning a header.
The former Luton man has also received criticism over his recent performances from (a handful of) County fans on Twitter and that has disappointed Edinburgh.
"I wouldn't normally ever criticise our supporters, I never normally have cause to, but I was very disappointed with a small section of them at Oxford," he said.
"They were cheering Crowy for winning a header, not in the right way and there was some stuff I didn't like hearing.
"I think at the end of the day, Danny Crow's record for Newport County absolutely speaks for itself.
"It has generally been the case and everyone knows it as well, that when he plays, we generally tend to win and that's been the case from when he first joined the club."
Edinburgh believes he asks more of Crow than some of his other players.
"Crowy is a striker and he wants to score lots of goals and have loads of chances, but a lot of the time we ask him to do specific jobs for the team.
"I sacrificed him on Sunday, we asked him to drop in and help in midfield and be the link man and he worked incredibly hard.
"He's a very important player for the team and I hope all of our fans are behind him and believe in him like we all do."
Edinburgh might have expected a quiet week with the Exiles not in action until they face Kidderminster in the FA Cup second round on Saturday, but those hopes were blown out of the window on Monday when Portsmouth made an official approach for his services.
That approach was rebuffed with Edinburgh's blessing and the boss is keen to carry on his fine work that sees Newport just three points off the summit of League Two.
"I'm more than happy at this football club [Newport]," said Edinburgh in a recent interview with Argus Sport.
"It's a fantastic club… the grass isn't always greener on the other side so I think I've got fantastic backing by the board, a great relationship with [director of football] Tim Harris."
Edinburgh, who signed a new Newport deal in October, added: "You can see my players play for me and I think we're a work in progress and I look forward to continuing that work."
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