We need to get the fans back on side, says Exiles striker

South Wales Argus: DETERMINED: Newport County striker Shaun Jeffers DETERMINED: Newport County striker Shaun Jeffers

NEWPORT County AFC striker Shaun Jeffers says the players know they’ve got to get the fans back on their side against Scunthorpe United tomorrow.

Disgruntled supporters booed the team off the pitch after Tuesday night’s 2-1 home defeat to AFC Wimbledon after two late goals gave the visitors victory.

Jeffers, who was a second half substitute against the Dons, admits that the team were ‘naive’ to let the game slip away and he doesn’t blame the fans for booing.

“We’re disappointed,” he said. “We wanted to see the game out at 1-0 up and we were a bit naive in the end to give away two goals.

“We knew we should have won the game. We worked really hard for the goal and we should have seen it out.

“But we’ve got to show our character and win the next game.

“It’s not nice to hear the fans booing but if we put in a performance against Scunthorpe and get the win we’ll get the fans back on side.

“We’ll go into the game with our heads held high and show the crowd what we can do.”

Jeffers is desperate to get a start up front after being relegated to the bench for the last three games and he insists that the Exiles’ play-off dream could still become a reality.

“It seems like we’re performing better against the top teams and hopefully it will be the same again against Scunthorpe,” said the former England under-19 striker.

“They won’t be looking forward to coming here. We ended Oxford’s unbeaten away run and there’s no reason why we can’t do the same to Scunthorpe.

“The play-offs are still on,” he added. “We’ve still got games in hand and obviously we’d prefer the points but we’re still in with a shout.

“We’re not going to let the defeats get us down and we won’t give up the fight.”

And Jeffers is ready to fight for his place with Chris Zebroski, Rene Howe, Christian Jolley, Danny Crow and the soon to return Aaron O’Connor.

“I’ve got to keep working hard and try to get some games,” he said.

“Up front is my preferred position but I can play out wide as well so that is another attacking option for us in a three. I just want to play.”

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9:59am Fri 28 Feb 14

ohc says...

We just want you to score goals. When do you plan to start?
We just want you to score goals. When do you plan to start? ohc
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12:16pm Fri 28 Feb 14

bodffordd says...

ohc wrote:
We just want you to score goals. When do you plan to start?
That's just stating the obvious, all managers. fans and owners say that. What we need to do as fans is give our full support to our players, believe you me it is much easier to score when you feel confident, with the crowd in full support of what you are doing. Four seasons ago we were at the bottom yes the bottom of The Conference South yes The Conference South, then we joined Wrexham, Lincoln, Luton, Grimsby in the Conference, they are still there fighting for their lives...Wrexham nearly dead and buried, while we are 9 th in Division 2 with 3 games in hand. Come on boys, come on fans, together we will reach our goal...Division 1
[quote][p][bold]ohc[/bold] wrote: We just want you to score goals. When do you plan to start?[/p][/quote]That's just stating the obvious, all managers. fans and owners say that. What we need to do as fans is give our full support to our players, believe you me it is much easier to score when you feel confident, with the crowd in full support of what you are doing. Four seasons ago we were at the bottom yes the bottom of The Conference South yes The Conference South, then we joined Wrexham, Lincoln, Luton, Grimsby in the Conference, they are still there fighting for their lives...Wrexham nearly dead and buried, while we are 9 th in Division 2 with 3 games in hand. Come on boys, come on fans, together we will reach our goal...Division 1 bodffordd
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12:58pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ohc says...

bodffordd wrote:
ohc wrote:
We just want you to score goals. When do you plan to start?
That's just stating the obvious, all managers. fans and owners say that. What we need to do as fans is give our full support to our players, believe you me it is much easier to score when you feel confident, with the crowd in full support of what you are doing. Four seasons ago we were at the bottom yes the bottom of The Conference South yes The Conference South, then we joined Wrexham, Lincoln, Luton, Grimsby in the Conference, they are still there fighting for their lives...Wrexham nearly dead and buried, while we are 9 th in Division 2 with 3 games in hand. Come on boys, come on fans, together we will reach our goal...Division 1
What you say is of course correct. I am however fed up with players making inane statements and not delivering. In life you can expect some criticism and the performance of the County strikers since before the Chesterfield match has been dire. I wouldn't stand it in my business, why should I in a football team?
[quote][p][bold]bodffordd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohc[/bold] wrote: We just want you to score goals. When do you plan to start?[/p][/quote]That's just stating the obvious, all managers. fans and owners say that. What we need to do as fans is give our full support to our players, believe you me it is much easier to score when you feel confident, with the crowd in full support of what you are doing. Four seasons ago we were at the bottom yes the bottom of The Conference South yes The Conference South, then we joined Wrexham, Lincoln, Luton, Grimsby in the Conference, they are still there fighting for their lives...Wrexham nearly dead and buried, while we are 9 th in Division 2 with 3 games in hand. Come on boys, come on fans, together we will reach our goal...Division 1[/p][/quote]What you say is of course correct. I am however fed up with players making inane statements and not delivering. In life you can expect some criticism and the performance of the County strikers since before the Chesterfield match has been dire. I wouldn't stand it in my business, why should I in a football team? ohc
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1:25pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jetspotter says...

Unfortunately OHC we live in a world in which words speak louder than actions ! Nowadays it is enough to mouth positive sounding inanities as a substitute for real endeavour in making such sentiments a reality. Week after week we read the same old bluster in the headlines only to witness the same old same old on matchdays. We all support The County but some of us are fed up with hearing the talk but not witnessing the walk. Come on lads put your money where your mouth is. I blame Tony Blair !!!!
Unfortunately OHC we live in a world in which words speak louder than actions ! Nowadays it is enough to mouth positive sounding inanities as a substitute for real endeavour in making such sentiments a reality. Week after week we read the same old bluster in the headlines only to witness the same old same old on matchdays. We all support The County but some of us are fed up with hearing the talk but not witnessing the walk. Come on lads put your money where your mouth is. I blame Tony Blair !!!! jetspotter
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Harps62 says...

"And the soon to return Aon O Connor" How many times have we heard that comment?
Fingers crossed if it ever happens and how we need him lets hope he bounces back 100% better than Christian has.
"And the soon to return Aon O Connor" How many times have we heard that comment? Fingers crossed if it ever happens and how we need him lets hope he bounces back 100% better than Christian has. Harps62
  • Score: 1

2:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

llandaff says...

I will be brief.
County just need to return to basics, that is PASS to each other more ACCURATELY and keep possession.
Please no more hope for the best ,hoofing it long up field.
It just does not work.I say again it just does not work!!!!!
That is all.
Good luck Saturday. UTC!
I will be brief. County just need to return to basics, that is PASS to each other more ACCURATELY and keep possession. Please no more hope for the best ,hoofing it long up field. It just does not work.I say again it just does not work!!!!! That is all. Good luck Saturday. UTC! llandaff
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3:28pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Brat1965 says...

It's quite amazing listening to various comments from some supporters. Think carefully, if you have all the answers...why aren't you a football manager? Just a thought. We ALL make mistakes and have off days. Let J.E. get on with his job. He hasn't done too bad now, has he?
It's quite amazing listening to various comments from some supporters. Think carefully, if you have all the answers...why aren't you a football manager? Just a thought. We ALL make mistakes and have off days. Let J.E. get on with his job. He hasn't done too bad now, has he? Brat1965
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3:29pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Brat1965 says...

jetspotter wrote:
Unfortunately OHC we live in a world in which words speak louder than actions ! Nowadays it is enough to mouth positive sounding inanities as a substitute for real endeavour in making such sentiments a reality. Week after week we read the same old bluster in the headlines only to witness the same old same old on matchdays. We all support The County but some of us are fed up with hearing the talk but not witnessing the walk. Come on lads put your money where your mouth is. I blame Tony Blair !!!!
Tony Blair. Who's he?
[quote][p][bold]jetspotter[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately OHC we live in a world in which words speak louder than actions ! Nowadays it is enough to mouth positive sounding inanities as a substitute for real endeavour in making such sentiments a reality. Week after week we read the same old bluster in the headlines only to witness the same old same old on matchdays. We all support The County but some of us are fed up with hearing the talk but not witnessing the walk. Come on lads put your money where your mouth is. I blame Tony Blair !!!![/p][/quote]Tony Blair. Who's he? Brat1965
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3:30pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Pianoman42 says...

Well I have my ticket for Scunthorpe and look forward to a good game. I will not boo, never have. County are still in a great position, and a few good results will make all the difference.
I don't think promotion really matters this season.
Consolidation, staying in league 2, and performing well is what matters.

Up the County!
Well I have my ticket for Scunthorpe and look forward to a good game. I will not boo, never have. County are still in a great position, and a few good results will make all the difference. I don't think promotion really matters this season. Consolidation, staying in league 2, and performing well is what matters. Up the County! Pianoman42
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3:46pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ohc says...

jetspotter wrote:
Unfortunately OHC we live in a world in which words speak louder than actions ! Nowadays it is enough to mouth positive sounding inanities as a substitute for real endeavour in making such sentiments a reality. Week after week we read the same old bluster in the headlines only to witness the same old same old on matchdays. We all support The County but some of us are fed up with hearing the talk but not witnessing the walk. Come on lads put your money where your mouth is. I blame Tony Blair !!!!
Nice one
[quote][p][bold]jetspotter[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately OHC we live in a world in which words speak louder than actions ! Nowadays it is enough to mouth positive sounding inanities as a substitute for real endeavour in making such sentiments a reality. Week after week we read the same old bluster in the headlines only to witness the same old same old on matchdays. We all support The County but some of us are fed up with hearing the talk but not witnessing the walk. Come on lads put your money where your mouth is. I blame Tony Blair !!!![/p][/quote]Nice one ohc
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3:46pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Roberta Slack says...

Players are asked to make a comment regarding the next game etc etc.
Do you honestly expect him to say something like " I can't hit a barn door at the moment ."
In fairness to the newer strikers, the service hasn't been very good of late.
That's something that hopefully will be sorted now things are out in the open.
Players are asked to make a comment regarding the next game etc etc. Do you honestly expect him to say something like " I can't hit a barn door at the moment ." In fairness to the newer strikers, the service hasn't been very good of late. That's something that hopefully will be sorted now things are out in the open. Roberta Slack
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3:47pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jetspotter says...

You might well ask Brat 1965 !! Agree Pianoman 42, I've been saying the same thing all season but as usual we've had too many people talking up unrealistic expectations. We are in a fantastic position to build a viable team that can thrive over the foreseeable future. Promotion this season would have been difficult to sustain and we need to build a team ready to compete in a higher league. This is a long term project and we need to keep firmly on the ground !!
You might well ask Brat 1965 !! Agree Pianoman 42, I've been saying the same thing all season but as usual we've had too many people talking up unrealistic expectations. We are in a fantastic position to build a viable team that can thrive over the foreseeable future. Promotion this season would have been difficult to sustain and we need to build a team ready to compete in a higher league. This is a long term project and we need to keep firmly on the ground !! jetspotter
  • Score: 1

5:30pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jetspotter says...

Point taken Roberta but it's comments such as "We'll go into the game with our heads held high and show the crowd what we can do'...really !! I'd much rather hear him say "Things aren't going well at the moment but whatever the outcome we are determined to give it all we've got and do our best to turn things around ". Comments like "We'll show the crowd what we can do" just sets the team up for failure and if they fail to deliver we can turn around and say ,Cheers you've shown us precisely what you can do !! People seem to believe that if they talk positively enough about something it's bound to occur. It's like the absurd modern myth that if you want something badly enough and work hard you will inevitably achieve it. Well I would love to be a jockey but as I'm over six foot tall, twelve and a half stone and sixty one i'd say it's rather unlikely....wouldn't you ?!!! Anyway enough of this, let's just hope County get back on track sooner rather than later and give all we fans something to cheer about.
Point taken Roberta but it's comments such as "We'll go into the game with our heads held high and show the crowd what we can do'...really !! I'd much rather hear him say "Things aren't going well at the moment but whatever the outcome we are determined to give it all we've got and do our best to turn things around ". Comments like "We'll show the crowd what we can do" just sets the team up for failure and if they fail to deliver we can turn around and say ,Cheers you've shown us precisely what you can do !! People seem to believe that if they talk positively enough about something it's bound to occur. It's like the absurd modern myth that if you want something badly enough and work hard you will inevitably achieve it. Well I would love to be a jockey but as I'm over six foot tall, twelve and a half stone and sixty one i'd say it's rather unlikely....wouldn't you ?!!! Anyway enough of this, let's just hope County get back on track sooner rather than later and give all we fans something to cheer about. jetspotter
  • Score: 2

9:47pm Fri 28 Feb 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

in society in general people are always saying i want to be the next prime minister, the next singing sensation, score a goal for newport county!

its ok to have self belief, but not self belief that is misguided, as it leads to as JETSPOTTER said letting people down .

make positive comments but from a position of confidence, stop raising people's expectations only to have them shot down in flames, not just the first time but time after time after time....

let yours boots do the walking and the talking ;-)
in society in general people are always saying i want to be the next prime minister, the next singing sensation, score a goal for newport county! its ok to have self belief, but not self belief that is misguided, as it leads to as JETSPOTTER said letting people down . make positive comments but from a position of confidence, stop raising people's expectations only to have them shot down in flames, not just the first time but time after time after time.... let yours boots do the walking and the talking ;-) COUNTYVOICE
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12:06am Sat 1 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

Nail on the head C.V.
Nail on the head C.V. jetspotter
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2:14am Sat 1 Mar 14

maz1maz says...

Pianoman42 wrote:
Well I have my ticket for Scunthorpe and look forward to a good game. I will not boo, never have. County are still in a great position, and a few good results will make all the difference.
I don't think promotion really matters this season.
Consolidation, staying in league 2, and performing well is what matters.

Up the County!
Well said, people have to many expectations - just be happy to stay in this division this season, and build on it! Weather hasn't helped either - lost the momentum!
[quote][p][bold]Pianoman42[/bold] wrote: Well I have my ticket for Scunthorpe and look forward to a good game. I will not boo, never have. County are still in a great position, and a few good results will make all the difference. I don't think promotion really matters this season. Consolidation, staying in league 2, and performing well is what matters. Up the County![/p][/quote]Well said, people have to many expectations - just be happy to stay in this division this season, and build on it! Weather hasn't helped either - lost the momentum! maz1maz
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