Justin Edinburgh: We got what we deserved

DEFEAT: County boss Justin Edinburgh

DEFEAT: County boss Justin Edinburgh

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NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh admits his side got what they deserved against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night.

The Exiles led thanks to an own goal from visiting goalkeeper Ross Worner on 65 minutes but goals from substitutes Charlie Sheringham and Kevin Sainte-Luce in the final six minutes sealed the win for Wimbledon.

It was County’s second home defeat in succession after Saturday’s home reverse to Cheltenham Town and leaves Edinburgh’s men still seven points off the play-off places with three games in hand.

“I think we got what we deserved,” said the Exiles boss. “Probably in the end Wimbledon deserved to win the game.

“It’s bitterly disappointing and for the standards we’ve set we’re not quite reaching them at the moment.

“We looked leggy at times but we’re not going to use any excuses. We prepared correctly, as we do every game, and we’re just not performing to the capabilities that we’re capable of.

“It looked like one of them games where you get a scrappy 1-0 but unfortunately we haven’t been able to see the game out.

“Sometimes you have to take them type of goals to get you back on track but we didn’t make the most of the opportunity that was given to us.”

And with high-flying Scunthorpe United coming to Rodney Parade this Saturday and Fleetwood Town following next Tuesday things are not going to get any easier.

“We’re going to regret that because we’ve got another tough game here on Saturday and we’re certainly going to have to play a lot better than we have done,” said Edinburgh.

“I expected us to hold on but we have to scrap and earn every point at this level. Right now we’re finding it difficult.

“Scunthorpe are a top side but look what happened when we played Oxford here – that sometimes brings the best out of us,” he added.

“We want to turn things round and we’ve got the squad now so if people are underperforming they’re going to find it hard to hang onto their places.

“We have to continue to work hard. We are where we are and the only reason we got promoted last year was because of hard work, simple as that.

“We’ve got to stick together and have that belief and that is one thing we have.

“We’re a together group. I’m a manager who believes in his players and that’s what we’ll do.”

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1:47pm Wed 26 Feb 14

peckylecky says...

A more drab and inept display than this match is hard to imagine. The brilliance of the Oxford game in stark contrast. Jekyll and Hyde comes to mind. The basics of passing and ball control seemed beyond most of the side and a lack of willingness to shoot a phobia. I am afraid for the scoreline if the same kind of display is on show against Scunthorpe.
A more drab and inept display than this match is hard to imagine. The brilliance of the Oxford game in stark contrast. Jekyll and Hyde comes to mind. The basics of passing and ball control seemed beyond most of the side and a lack of willingness to shoot a phobia. I am afraid for the scoreline if the same kind of display is on show against Scunthorpe. peckylecky
  • Score: 4

2:06pm Wed 26 Feb 14

NakedDancer says...

We didn't think it could get worse than Cheltenham but it did. A truly awful display. County didn't have a shot on target. After County scraped a flukey goal Wimbledon attacked and were taking County apart with every attack. Wimbledon missed 3 clear cut chances in 5 minutes before they scored. Given County were playing so badly JE was too slow to shore up the defence and change tactics to protect the lead. Very depressing evening in every way. 4 points from the last 27 - thats a massive challenge for JE to sort this mess out. Small positives was the double-save from Parish and Zebroski is class if he gets some support. Cant understand why Jackson is out of favour. Tough job to find a team and performance against Scunthorpe, a far better team than Wimbledon and Cheltenham. Good luck Justin.
We didn't think it could get worse than Cheltenham but it did. A truly awful display. County didn't have a shot on target. After County scraped a flukey goal Wimbledon attacked and were taking County apart with every attack. Wimbledon missed 3 clear cut chances in 5 minutes before they scored. Given County were playing so badly JE was too slow to shore up the defence and change tactics to protect the lead. Very depressing evening in every way. 4 points from the last 27 - thats a massive challenge for JE to sort this mess out. Small positives was the double-save from Parish and Zebroski is class if he gets some support. Cant understand why Jackson is out of favour. Tough job to find a team and performance against Scunthorpe, a far better team than Wimbledon and Cheltenham. Good luck Justin. NakedDancer
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Harps62 says...

"Not quite reaching the standard"
Justin your having a laugh with that comment
Get Jackson back in.
"Not quite reaching the standard" Justin your having a laugh with that comment Get Jackson back in. Harps62
  • Score: 3

2:31pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

And i wish the Argus would stop harping on about how many games in hand County have because you can have all the games in hand you like but that means diddly squat if you don't win 'em.
And i wish the Argus would stop harping on about how many games in hand County have because you can have all the games in hand you like but that means diddly squat if you don't win 'em. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 2

2:44pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Roberta Slack says...

We need to get Robbie Wilmott further upfield and something happening down the right flank. ie : Pipey or Jackson.

Got faith in Justin, his record so far speaks for itself !
We need to get Robbie Wilmott further upfield and something happening down the right flank. ie : Pipey or Jackson. Got faith in Justin, his record so far speaks for itself ! Roberta Slack
  • Score: 3

2:54pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

"We are a together group" , sorry Justin but what I witnessed last night that Team right now is anything but! Most looked disinterested and were not fit to wear that amber shirt, and last night I begrudged every penny of my £18 contribution to their wages.
"We are a together group" , sorry Justin but what I witnessed last night that Team right now is anything but! Most looked disinterested and were not fit to wear that amber shirt, and last night I begrudged every penny of my £18 contribution to their wages. Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 5

3:34pm Wed 26 Feb 14

jiffygeorge says...

Sorry Justin, we haven't got a 'good' squad. We were better when we had to borrow (and play) Naylor and Oshiaja. The players back from injury (Anthony, Porter, Zembroski) are weaker than those playing before the new year. Why Naylor and Jackson can't get a look in the Lord only knows. We could have lost by five to a mediocre Wimbledon and will lose by five if we play as badly against Scunthorpe. Open your eyes.
Sorry Justin, we haven't got a 'good' squad. We were better when we had to borrow (and play) Naylor and Oshiaja. The players back from injury (Anthony, Porter, Zembroski) are weaker than those playing before the new year. Why Naylor and Jackson can't get a look in the Lord only knows. We could have lost by five to a mediocre Wimbledon and will lose by five if we play as badly against Scunthorpe. Open your eyes. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 6

5:07pm Wed 26 Feb 14

asrncafc says...

jiffygeorge wrote:
Sorry Justin, we haven't got a 'good' squad. We were better when we had to borrow (and play) Naylor and Oshiaja. The players back from injury (Anthony, Porter, Zembroski) are weaker than those playing before the new year. Why Naylor and Jackson can't get a look in the Lord only knows. We could have lost by five to a mediocre Wimbledon and will lose by five if we play as badly against Scunthorpe. Open your eyes.
Cannot agree more with jiffygeorge.

And may I add that the Club was too eager to 'lose' the services of Conor Washington. Was always of the idea that Conor would move only at the end of the season when our promotion hopes would have been more rosey. Conor was a threat to opponents with his thrustful spurs upfront.
[quote][p][bold]jiffygeorge[/bold] wrote: Sorry Justin, we haven't got a 'good' squad. We were better when we had to borrow (and play) Naylor and Oshiaja. The players back from injury (Anthony, Porter, Zembroski) are weaker than those playing before the new year. Why Naylor and Jackson can't get a look in the Lord only knows. We could have lost by five to a mediocre Wimbledon and will lose by five if we play as badly against Scunthorpe. Open your eyes.[/p][/quote]Cannot agree more with jiffygeorge. And may I add that the Club was too eager to 'lose' the services of Conor Washington. Was always of the idea that Conor would move only at the end of the season when our promotion hopes would have been more rosey. Conor was a threat to opponents with his thrustful spurs upfront. asrncafc
  • Score: 0

5:20pm Wed 26 Feb 14

the dork says...

Have the faith
Have the faith the dork
  • Score: 2

6:12pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Clever Trevor says...

Fickle fans eh,some were saying on here that Washington should be loaned out to a Conference side as he needs 5 chances to score one,now their saying the saviour has departed,.......Make your mind up !
When Byron gets back everything will be great again,now Byron should go at the end of the Season......Make your mind up!
Blah Blah Blah
Fickle fans eh,some were saying on here that Washington should be loaned out to a Conference side as he needs 5 chances to score one,now their saying the saviour has departed,.......Make your mind up ! When Byron gets back everything will be great again,now Byron should go at the end of the Season......Make your mind up! Blah Blah Blah Clever Trevor
  • Score: 4

12:22am Thu 27 Feb 14

maz1maz says...

Clever Trevor wrote:
Fickle fans eh,some were saying on here that Washington should be loaned out to a Conference side as he needs 5 chances to score one,now their saying the saviour has departed,.......Make your mind up !
When Byron gets back everything will be great again,now Byron should go at the end of the Season......Make your mind up!
Blah Blah Blah
Well said Trevor - everyone knows better than Justin when the results don't go to plan, don't they!
[quote][p][bold]Clever Trevor[/bold] wrote: Fickle fans eh,some were saying on here that Washington should be loaned out to a Conference side as he needs 5 chances to score one,now their saying the saviour has departed,.......Make your mind up ! When Byron gets back everything will be great again,now Byron should go at the end of the Season......Make your mind up! Blah Blah Blah[/p][/quote]Well said Trevor - everyone knows better than Justin when the results don't go to plan, don't they! maz1maz
  • Score: 1

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