Any team in world football would have struggled with our problems, says County boss

NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh has heaped praise on his squad for coping with a horrific injury list and a host of postponements and still staying in the hunt for promotion, writes Andrew Penman.

County have taken everything Lady Luck and Mother Nature can throw at them this season but after Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Oxford United they are just six points off the play-offs with three games in hand.

And Edinburgh couldn’t be prouder of his players after a difficult few months.

“I don’t care who you are; if you’ve got to go and play nine of your last 11 games away from home you’ll struggle,” he said.

“Anyone at any level in the world wouldn’t have been able to deal with what we’ve had to deal with so that’s testament to my players.

“We’ve been hit hard by injuries this season as well but we’ve dealt with it and got on with it and now we’re getting our squad back together at the right time.

“We’re in a good position now and it certainly looks a lot healthier than it did when we were travelling home from Hartlepool on Saturday.

“We’ve got four home games to come now and we’ve got to capitalise on that,” he added.

“Nobody fancies coming to Newport. They haven’t all season. Our home record is fantastic.”

Edinburgh was delighted with all his players on Tuesday but reserved special praise for Byron Anthony and Chris Zebroski who both returned from long-term injuries.

Byron and Chris looked like they hadn’t been away,” said the Exiles boss.

“They were outstanding, along with the other nine players out there.

“The three in midfield bossed the game and the front two worked their socks off and as a manager that really does please you. I thought the link up play between them really looked promising.

“Special praise has to go to Zebroski and Byron because they’ve been out for so long and they’ve put a lot of hard work in to enable them to come back in and hit the ground running.

“The squad is strong now,” he added. “I had to leave players like Michael Flynn out. He wasn’t even on the bench.

“But we need to keep everyone fit because we’re going to need everyone in the squad to deal with the amount of games we’ve got over the next few months.”

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:35pm Wed 19 Feb 14

sooty001 says...

Well said JE, top man.
Well said JE, top man. sooty001

8:58pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Rodneyboy says...

Great to see players coming back from injury,we're going to need them with all these games coming up.Hope the pitch hold up for the rest of the season.
Well done to the groundstaff for all their hard work.
Great to see players coming back from injury,we're going to need them with all these games coming up.Hope the pitch hold up for the rest of the season. Well done to the groundstaff for all their hard work. Rodneyboy

9:47am Thu 20 Feb 14

asrncafc says...

Cannot agree more with JE.

If County do take maximum points from the forthcoming four home matches, I feel sure that the team can even make it to direct promotion.

County has a talented trio in midfield in the likes of Burge, Wilmott and Chapman. If these three would keep their current best form, our chances for promotion are surely rosey. I always believe and maintain that matches are won and lost in midfield.

Let's keep up the excellent performance shown against Oxford next Saturday against Cheltenham.
Cannot agree more with JE. If County do take maximum points from the forthcoming four home matches, I feel sure that the team can even make it to direct promotion. County has a talented trio in midfield in the likes of Burge, Wilmott and Chapman. If these three would keep their current best form, our chances for promotion are surely rosey. I always believe and maintain that matches are won and lost in midfield. Let's keep up the excellent performance shown against Oxford next Saturday against Cheltenham. asrncafc

2:49pm Thu 20 Feb 14

county mad says...

We have got 6 of the teams above us snd all nesrly are at dave,sorry,rodney parade its looking good for us. UP THE COUNTY
We have got 6 of the teams above us snd all nesrly are at dave,sorry,rodney parade its looking good for us. UP THE COUNTY county mad

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree