We weren't ruthless enough, says Justin Edinburgh

FRUSTRATED: Newport County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh

FRUSTRATED: Newport County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh

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NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh blamed defeat to League Two basement boys Northampton Town on sloppy defending and poor finishing.

County went down to their second defeat of the season against the Cobblers yesterday, losing 2-1 at Rodney Parade.

Everton loanee Hallam Hope put the visitors ahead and Darren Carter added the second after Harry Worley had levelled for County.

Matt Duke was the hero for Northampton after he saved Andy Sandell’s penalty in the 88th minute to seal the win.

“Unfortunately Northampton have taken six points off us. That’s disappointing but we had enough chance to win three games,” said a frustrated Edinburgh.

“That’s probably the most chances we’ve created in any one game for a long time.

“We just haven’t been ruthless enough in front of goal to make them chances count.

“I thought the goals we gave away were poor,” he added. “We scored an equaliser at a great time but then gave them a gift of a goal for the second.

“It’s a good strike but it shouldn’t have come to that.”

But ultimately it was a lack of composure up front that proved costly.

“I applaud the players for the amount of chances we created and the way we played second half but you can dress it up any way you want we had six one-on-ones today and we have to put one away,” said the Exiles boss, who defended his decision to rest Conor Washington.

“Conor has played 30 games at this level this season and he needed to come out. He’s struggling a little bit with a groin problem as well.

“It’s three points that we’ve let slip,” he added.

“We’re always disappointed when we lose. Since I’ve been here we’re not used to it.

“It’s only two home defeats at home this season and probably five over the calendar year so we can’t be too despondent.”

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11:17am Sun 5 Jan 14

jiffygeorge says...

When you are pressing for promotion you have to start with strongest team, then rest players if and when game is won. No good saying 'we have to be more ruthless'. Statistics show we haven't got the strikers to be more ruthless. Might as well play with extra defender or midfielder than Danny Crowe.
When you are pressing for promotion you have to start with strongest team, then rest players if and when game is won. No good saying 'we have to be more ruthless'. Statistics show we haven't got the strikers to be more ruthless. Might as well play with extra defender or midfielder than Danny Crowe. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 3

12:33pm Sun 5 Jan 14

welshmen says...

Northampton Towns keeper, Man of the Match....
Northampton Towns keeper, Man of the Match.... welshmen
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Harps62 says...

jiffygeorge wrote:
When you are pressing for promotion you have to start with strongest team, then rest players if and when game is won. No good saying 'we have to be more ruthless'. Statistics show we haven't got the strikers to be more ruthless. Might as well play with extra defender or midfielder than Danny Crowe.
Spot on. Couple of goals up maybe give Connor a rest but not much football played recently so no need to rest anyone.
Get your best team out every time.
Six points thrown away will be very costly at end of season.
Think Christian and Danny have been found out at this level.
Think both have had a fair run with nothing to show for it.
Until O Connor & Zebroski return what do they do
Has the lad from Brighton gone back if so what a total waste of time and expence. Same with Billy Jones.
[quote][p][bold]jiffygeorge[/bold] wrote: When you are pressing for promotion you have to start with strongest team, then rest players if and when game is won. No good saying 'we have to be more ruthless'. Statistics show we haven't got the strikers to be more ruthless. Might as well play with extra defender or midfielder than Danny Crowe.[/p][/quote]Spot on. Couple of goals up maybe give Connor a rest but not much football played recently so no need to rest anyone. Get your best team out every time. Six points thrown away will be very costly at end of season. Think Christian and Danny have been found out at this level. Think both have had a fair run with nothing to show for it. Until O Connor & Zebroski return what do they do Has the lad from Brighton gone back if so what a total waste of time and expence. Same with Billy Jones. Harps62
  • Score: 5

1:14pm Sun 5 Jan 14

hazellboy says...

bet Northampton wish they could play county every week, shame the team couldn't perform as well as the groundstaff
bet Northampton wish they could play county every week, shame the team couldn't perform as well as the groundstaff hazellboy
  • Score: 6

5:19pm Sun 5 Jan 14

larneman says...

Totally agree with HARPS62 also agree with JE not ruthless enough. We need a keeper and possibly 2 strikers. Its not the time to panic (we could be on the bottom) but I think JE has to take stock of the situation.
Totally agree with HARPS62 also agree with JE not ruthless enough. We need a keeper and possibly 2 strikers. Its not the time to panic (we could be on the bottom) but I think JE has to take stock of the situation. larneman
  • Score: 2

8:26pm Sun 5 Jan 14

NakedDancer says...

We cant be too harsh on JE who regularly performs miracles but selection wrong on this one. As he says, sloppy defending and poor finishing. Missed Jackson and Washington. Chapman and Willmott very good. If County have the funds they need 2 strikers and a backup keeper urgently to maintain a challenge.
We cant be too harsh on JE who regularly performs miracles but selection wrong on this one. As he says, sloppy defending and poor finishing. Missed Jackson and Washington. Chapman and Willmott very good. If County have the funds they need 2 strikers and a backup keeper urgently to maintain a challenge. NakedDancer
  • Score: 2

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