We need to stick together, says under-fire Exiles boss

We need to stick together, says under-fire Exiles boss

We need to stick together, says under-fire Exiles boss

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NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh says fans who booed the team after Tuesday night’s home defeat to AFC Wimbledon are not helping him or the players.

The Exiles saw a 1-0 lead, handed to them by Ross Worner’s own goal, turn into a 2-1 defeat as Dons substitutes Charlie Sheringham and Kevin Sainte-Luce grabbed all three points for the visitors in the final six minutes.

And, following Saturday’s 1-0 home reverse to Cheltenham Town, it was too much for some disgruntled fans who made their displeasure known after the final whistle.

Edinburgh was even involved in a heated discussion with a handful of supporters who vented their frustrations from the Hazell Stand as he retreated to the dressing room.

And, while he accepts that fans are entitled to express their opinions, the Exiles boss appealed for everyone to unite in the face of adversity.

“They’re entitled to boo. If they want to boo that’s their decision,” said Edinburgh. “They’ve paid their money and they’re entitled to do what they want.

“It’s disappointing. You could call it a bad run but it’s a blip and when things aren’t going right you need to stick together.

“But people are entitled to their opinions. The game is all about opinions.”

County’s League Two promotion push has hit the buffers since Christmas with six postponements at Rodney Parade leading to an unprecedented run of away games.

But Edinburgh’s men have now lost three of their last four at home and taken just five points from the last 27 available since a 1-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers on Boxing Day.

“We’re finding that it’s harsh at this level,” said Edinburgh. “We’re not entitled to win any game and if we ever think that – myself or the players, the fans or anyone connected with the football club – then they’re completely and utterly wrong.

“We’ve stepped up a level and had a fantastic start but we’re finding it quite tough at the moment.

“Every game at this level is a tough one,” he added. “We’ve got to make sure there isn’t complacency.

“Complacency is a disease. We’re in a better league and the opposition are better.

“But we’ll never give up. We want to win every game but first and foremost we want to get to putting in good performances and if we do that we’ll get the results.”

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10:06am Thu 27 Feb 14

County Till I Die says...

But now you never miss your water 'til your well runs dry
Come on now baby give our love a try
Let's stick together, c'mon c'mon let's stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never
(Bryan Ferry 1976)
But now you never miss your water 'til your well runs dry Come on now baby give our love a try Let's stick together, c'mon c'mon let's stick together You know we made a vow not to leave one another never (Bryan Ferry 1976) County Till I Die
  • Score: 4

10:16am Thu 27 Feb 14

Roland Thompson-Gunner says...

"A handful of supporters" mouthing off after a poor performance hardly constitutes "under fire", does it?
"A handful of supporters" mouthing off after a poor performance hardly constitutes "under fire", does it? Roland Thompson-Gunner
  • Score: 3

10:27am Thu 27 Feb 14

ohc says...

Message back to JE = Actions speak louder than words

5 out of 27 aint no blip

Lets pick the right team, think through our tactics (and have a plan B) and look as if we've played together before

Oh and start looking for a decent striker for next year. We aint got one at the moment
Message back to JE = Actions speak louder than words 5 out of 27 aint no blip Lets pick the right team, think through our tactics (and have a plan B) and look as if we've played together before Oh and start looking for a decent striker for next year. We aint got one at the moment ohc
  • Score: -2

11:58am Thu 27 Feb 14

Harps62 says...

ohc wrote:
Message back to JE = Actions speak louder than words

5 out of 27 aint no blip

Lets pick the right team, think through our tactics (and have a plan B) and look as if we've played together before

Oh and start looking for a decent striker for next year. We aint got one at the moment
Spot on OHC
Would never boo the boys but come on Justin get a grip with these lame excuses. Play football not hoof the ball with a wing and a prayer.
You got a good squad for this division just pick the right team.
[quote][p][bold]ohc[/bold] wrote: Message back to JE = Actions speak louder than words 5 out of 27 aint no blip Lets pick the right team, think through our tactics (and have a plan B) and look as if we've played together before Oh and start looking for a decent striker for next year. We aint got one at the moment[/p][/quote]Spot on OHC Would never boo the boys but come on Justin get a grip with these lame excuses. Play football not hoof the ball with a wing and a prayer. You got a good squad for this division just pick the right team. Harps62
  • Score: 1

12:36pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Adrian Williams says...

Anyone who boo'd the team off Tuesday night should be ashamed of themselves frankly - you can express your disatisfaction by not clapping the team off, but you should never boo your own team off (thankfully it was only a handful of idiots). We were playing Conference South football a few seasons back, so wind your necks in, remember where we've come from and recognise that we've exceeded expectations so far this season. One way we can all help is by turning up on Saturday and cheering our team on for 90 minutes (regardless of what the score is). In Justin we trust.
Anyone who boo'd the team off Tuesday night should be ashamed of themselves frankly - you can express your disatisfaction by not clapping the team off, but you should never boo your own team off (thankfully it was only a handful of idiots). We were playing Conference South football a few seasons back, so wind your necks in, remember where we've come from and recognise that we've exceeded expectations so far this season. One way we can all help is by turning up on Saturday and cheering our team on for 90 minutes (regardless of what the score is). In Justin we trust. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 8

12:47pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Brat1965 says...

Whilst appreciating that we're entitled to critcise, after all, we help to pay wages, nasty vitriol is NOT helping Mr.Edinburgh OR the team. Imagine...you've had a rubbish day at work. You get home, and find the local newspaper has published all your wrongdoings and mistakes! You really wouldn't like it would you? The players need support, and they only get it from the S-U-P-P-O-R-T-E-R-S !!! Of course we're frustrated, but give the squad a chance. Please!
Whilst appreciating that we're entitled to critcise, after all, we help to pay wages, nasty vitriol is NOT helping Mr.Edinburgh OR the team. Imagine...you've had a rubbish day at work. You get home, and find the local newspaper has published all your wrongdoings and mistakes! You really wouldn't like it would you? The players need support, and they only get it from the S-U-P-P-O-R-T-E-R-S !!! Of course we're frustrated, but give the squad a chance. Please! Brat1965
  • Score: 3

1:06pm Thu 27 Feb 14

jiffygeorge says...

Agree with all comments above. I criticise perhaps more than most but I have never booed County since seeing Billy Shergold score direct from a corner against Millwall when first taken to Somerton Park as an eight-year-old. And I watched all the games in Bobby Ferguson's record loss season. But after the great Oxford win we made three changes in defence. Why? Minchull had one of his best games that night yet didn't get a look-in v Wimbledon. Why? I feel I have the right to question illogical decisions, but I'll always support County.
Agree with all comments above. I criticise perhaps more than most but I have never booed County since seeing Billy Shergold score direct from a corner against Millwall when first taken to Somerton Park as an eight-year-old. And I watched all the games in Bobby Ferguson's record loss season. But after the great Oxford win we made three changes in defence. Why? Minchull had one of his best games that night yet didn't get a look-in v Wimbledon. Why? I feel I have the right to question illogical decisions, but I'll always support County. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 5

2:33pm Thu 27 Feb 14

llandaff says...

Adrian Williams wrote:
Anyone who boo'd the team off Tuesday night should be ashamed of themselves frankly - you can express your disatisfaction by not clapping the team off, but you should never boo your own team off (thankfully it was only a handful of idiots). We were playing Conference South football a few seasons back, so wind your necks in, remember where we've come from and recognise that we've exceeded expectations so far this season. One way we can all help is by turning up on Saturday and cheering our team on for 90 minutes (regardless of what the score is). In Justin we trust.
Football supporters express disappointment in different ways and should be allowed to do so, however how much it hurts. I was not one of the boo boys but I surely felt like it. The alternative of course is to express yourself on this site, but each to his own.
The manager and players have to understand the fans' disappointment and get the message that the current form is unacceptable.
I am sad to say it but the truth is we look like a Conference South side at the moment and I cannot for the life of me understand why we are where we are. For the past 2 months now (weather and Oxford aside) County have been far from performing above expectation.
It has even got us loyal supporters squaring up to each other on this website out of sheer frustration!
I will be there (as I always am) on Saturday with my fingers crossed!
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: Anyone who boo'd the team off Tuesday night should be ashamed of themselves frankly - you can express your disatisfaction by not clapping the team off, but you should never boo your own team off (thankfully it was only a handful of idiots). We were playing Conference South football a few seasons back, so wind your necks in, remember where we've come from and recognise that we've exceeded expectations so far this season. One way we can all help is by turning up on Saturday and cheering our team on for 90 minutes (regardless of what the score is). In Justin we trust.[/p][/quote]Football supporters express disappointment in different ways and should be allowed to do so, however how much it hurts. I was not one of the boo boys but I surely felt like it. The alternative of course is to express yourself on this site, but each to his own. The manager and players have to understand the fans' disappointment and get the message that the current form is unacceptable. I am sad to say it but the truth is we look like a Conference South side at the moment and I cannot for the life of me understand why we are where we are. For the past 2 months now (weather and Oxford aside) County have been far from performing above expectation. It has even got us loyal supporters squaring up to each other on this website out of sheer frustration! I will be there (as I always am) on Saturday with my fingers crossed! llandaff
  • Score: 2

2:40pm Thu 27 Feb 14

llandaff says...

llandaff wrote:
Adrian Williams wrote:
Anyone who boo'd the team off Tuesday night should be ashamed of themselves frankly - you can express your disatisfaction by not clapping the team off, but you should never boo your own team off (thankfully it was only a handful of idiots). We were playing Conference South football a few seasons back, so wind your necks in, remember where we've come from and recognise that we've exceeded expectations so far this season. One way we can all help is by turning up on Saturday and cheering our team on for 90 minutes (regardless of what the score is). In Justin we trust.
Football supporters express disappointment in different ways and should be allowed to do so, however how much it hurts. I was not one of the boo boys but I surely felt like it. The alternative of course is to express yourself on this site, but each to his own.
The manager and players have to understand the fans' disappointment and get the message that the current form is unacceptable.
I am sad to say it but the truth is we look like a Conference South side at the moment and I cannot for the life of me understand why we are where we are. For the past 2 months now (weather and Oxford aside) County have been far from performing above expectation.
It has even got us loyal supporters squaring up to each other on this website out of sheer frustration!
I will be there (as I always am) on Saturday with my fingers crossed!
I think I meant to say "and should be allowed to do so within reason!"
[quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: Anyone who boo'd the team off Tuesday night should be ashamed of themselves frankly - you can express your disatisfaction by not clapping the team off, but you should never boo your own team off (thankfully it was only a handful of idiots). We were playing Conference South football a few seasons back, so wind your necks in, remember where we've come from and recognise that we've exceeded expectations so far this season. One way we can all help is by turning up on Saturday and cheering our team on for 90 minutes (regardless of what the score is). In Justin we trust.[/p][/quote]Football supporters express disappointment in different ways and should be allowed to do so, however how much it hurts. I was not one of the boo boys but I surely felt like it. The alternative of course is to express yourself on this site, but each to his own. The manager and players have to understand the fans' disappointment and get the message that the current form is unacceptable. I am sad to say it but the truth is we look like a Conference South side at the moment and I cannot for the life of me understand why we are where we are. For the past 2 months now (weather and Oxford aside) County have been far from performing above expectation. It has even got us loyal supporters squaring up to each other on this website out of sheer frustration! I will be there (as I always am) on Saturday with my fingers crossed![/p][/quote]I think I meant to say "and should be allowed to do so within reason!" llandaff
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Adrian Williams says...

I'm all for constructive criticism within reason - I'm as confused as the next next man as to why Jackson has been dropped despite excellent form and why Minshull was dropped after an excellent display against Oxford. That's why we all love football and we love to debate it. What I don't agree with though is a small amount of fans turning on the manager the minute the going gets tough. You have to accept the lows and well as the highs in football - especially when you support a small club like County. Now let's all cheer the boys on to three points on Saturday and it could all suddenly look rosier again. Like I've said previously, if we stay up this year then go on to establish ourselves as a League Two club in the coming years, then it's mission accomplished in my eyes. CTWD
I'm all for constructive criticism within reason - I'm as confused as the next next man as to why Jackson has been dropped despite excellent form and why Minshull was dropped after an excellent display against Oxford. That's why we all love football and we love to debate it. What I don't agree with though is a small amount of fans turning on the manager the minute the going gets tough. You have to accept the lows and well as the highs in football - especially when you support a small club like County. Now let's all cheer the boys on to three points on Saturday and it could all suddenly look rosier again. Like I've said previously, if we stay up this year then go on to establish ourselves as a League Two club in the coming years, then it's mission accomplished in my eyes. CTWD Adrian Williams
  • Score: 1

8:29am Fri 28 Feb 14

Brat1965 says...

We need REAL supporters at Saturdays match. Lots if them. Pull your mates off their sofas and away from the TV. Tell them they'll get fat. Use any excuse, but get them to Rodney Parade 3 p.m. Saturday ! Let's show the whingers and doubters that we've got some fire!
We need REAL supporters at Saturdays match. Lots if them. Pull your mates off their sofas and away from the TV. Tell them they'll get fat. Use any excuse, but get them to Rodney Parade 3 p.m. Saturday ! Let's show the whingers and doubters that we've got some fire! Brat1965
  • Score: 1

8:10am Sat 1 Mar 14

AMBERLING says...

I think the most frustrating things about this team are the way they concede goals in the last 10 - 15 minutes of games and how they resort to pumping long, hopeful balls up field. We are capable of playing some lovely up-tempo football which stretches and opens up opposition defences, this would create the chances we're lacking at the moment, so why have we become a "one trick pony" (again!)?
This "parks football" mentality persists even when it's obviously not working and baffles me almost as much as the manger's weird team selections ! Why does he love "square pegs in round holes" so much and what has he got against an organized back line, confident and comfortable in their positions ? Seems everyone else can see what's wrong with the team and needs to be altered - apart from the manager himself ! Despite all that I'll still be there on Saturday - hoping sense will prevail.......EVENTU
ALLY !!!!!!
I think the most frustrating things about this team are the way they concede goals in the last 10 - 15 minutes of games and how they resort to pumping long, hopeful balls up field. We are capable of playing some lovely up-tempo football which stretches and opens up opposition defences, this would create the chances we're lacking at the moment, so why have we become a "one trick pony" (again!)? This "parks football" mentality persists even when it's obviously not working and baffles me almost as much as the manger's weird team selections ! Why does he love "square pegs in round holes" so much and what has he got against an organized back line, confident and comfortable in their positions ? Seems everyone else can see what's wrong with the team and needs to be altered - apart from the manager himself ! Despite all that I'll still be there on Saturday - hoping sense will prevail.......EVENTU ALLY !!!!!! AMBERLING
  • Score: 0

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