Pitch cost us the game, says Exiles boss

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 the state of the Rodney Parade pitch for his side's failure to beat Fleetwood Town.

Exiles striker Rene Howe saw a golden opportunity go begging from close range in the second half after the ball bobbled up off the poor surface and the game ended 0-0.

"We've done enough to win the game but unfortunately the pitch has cost us the game, it's as simple as that," said Edinburgh.

"Anyone who has sat here, goes away and doesn't realise that then they're more foolish than I think. We had two chances tonight that the pitch has cost us.

"I thought we were worthy of the win, against another one of the top six sides that have come here and haven't taken a win away from Rodney Parade."

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12:40am Wed 5 Mar 14

County says...

We did not deserve to win.
We did not deserve to win. County
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2:01am Wed 5 Mar 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

that pitch is going to cost county for the rest of the season , hence my pessimism in my previous posts.

good point tonight , though again the defence was suspect on some marking , and fleetwoods finishing was poor too.

county really need to take advantage of the remaining AWAY games and the NORMAL playing surfaces they will encounter , as the home games you will be looking at alot of draws , and the odd loss.

the difference between a mid table finish and clinching a play off spot this season is a goal poacher. they are lacking that prolific bury the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis striker who will get you 20 goals a season.

maybe its time for JUSTIN to give the fringe players a chance which is effectively what he had to do when all the injured players were out, and which produced the best series of result over the three month period from the start of the season.

maybe the backs against the wall style of football suits county as they go out to prove all the critics wrong.

i hate to say it but a 9th - 15 th finish should be seen as a positive result in our first season back in league 2 and for which i think most supporters would have settled for at the start of the season.

that awful pitch and the lack of a profilic striker will cost a play off place this season unfortunately
that pitch is going to cost county for the rest of the season , hence my pessimism in my previous posts. good point tonight , though again the defence was suspect on some marking , and fleetwoods finishing was poor too. county really need to take advantage of the remaining AWAY games and the NORMAL playing surfaces they will encounter , as the home games you will be looking at alot of draws , and the odd loss. the difference between a mid table finish and clinching a play off spot this season is a goal poacher. they are lacking that prolific bury the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis striker who will get you 20 goals a season. maybe its time for JUSTIN to give the fringe players a chance which is effectively what he had to do when all the injured players were out, and which produced the best series of result over the three month period from the start of the season. maybe the backs against the wall style of football suits county as they go out to prove all the critics wrong. i hate to say it but a 9th - 15 th finish should be seen as a positive result in our first season back in league 2 and for which i think most supporters would have settled for at the start of the season. that awful pitch and the lack of a profilic striker will cost a play off place this season unfortunately COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: 20

9:29am Wed 5 Mar 14

ncfcr says...

Whether it bobbled or not, he was about 1 yard out. If you concentrate on the ball, you score; it's as simple as that. Sunday league players have to put up with worse pitches than that, and you don't see many of them miss chances from a yard out.
Whether it bobbled or not, he was about 1 yard out. If you concentrate on the ball, you score; it's as simple as that. Sunday league players have to put up with worse pitches than that, and you don't see many of them miss chances from a yard out. ncfcr
  • Score: 6

9:37am Wed 5 Mar 14

jiffygeorge says...

I must be extremely foolish JE because Fleetwood missed two golden opportunities in the first half which would have put game beyond us well before Howe's mis,s which (and I had a perfect view) was a result of a terrible bobble as he went to score. Also can't agree about giving fringe players a chance because we still have to make certain of staying up. But I do agree that our biggest problem this season has been that in the absence of O'Connor, we have seldom looked a real goalscoring threat.
I must be extremely foolish JE because Fleetwood missed two golden opportunities in the first half which would have put game beyond us well before Howe's mis,s which (and I had a perfect view) was a result of a terrible bobble as he went to score. Also can't agree about giving fringe players a chance because we still have to make certain of staying up. But I do agree that our biggest problem this season has been that in the absence of O'Connor, we have seldom looked a real goalscoring threat. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 6

10:18am Wed 5 Mar 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

This is just a wild guess but I think having 12 or 13 shots at goal with none actually on target might possibly have had something to do with it as well.
This is just a wild guess but I think having 12 or 13 shots at goal with none actually on target might possibly have had something to do with it as well. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 8

11:01am Wed 5 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

ncfcr wrote:
Whether it bobbled or not, he was about 1 yard out. If you concentrate on the ball, you score; it's as simple as that. Sunday league players have to put up with worse pitches than that, and you don't see many of them miss chances from a yard out.
Spot on

One of his shots from just outside the area landed in the Bisley!!

Wonder why Burton let him go?

Only thing he does is hold the ball up but for who?
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: Whether it bobbled or not, he was about 1 yard out. If you concentrate on the ball, you score; it's as simple as that. Sunday league players have to put up with worse pitches than that, and you don't see many of them miss chances from a yard out.[/p][/quote]Spot on One of his shots from just outside the area landed in the Bisley!! Wonder why Burton let him go? Only thing he does is hold the ball up but for who? Harps62
  • Score: 0

11:27am Wed 5 Mar 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

Team selection and strategy cost us the game JE, not the pitch.
Team selection and strategy cost us the game JE, not the pitch. Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Wed 5 Mar 14

NakedDancer says...

Not a thought out comment by JE. I understand him defending Howe, it probably got a bobble and probably Howe should still have done better. More importantly County had 13 shots and only 1 on target. Early on 3 free headers that missed the target. County coped with the pitch better than Fleetwood, shaded the possession and Fleetwood offered little second half - though Fleetwood missed a couple of very good chances. Overall a good performance by County and on balance of play deserved the draw and maybe just about deserved the win. However, the vast majority of 3,728 fans wouldn't blame the pitch and they are not fools.

Its not good to see the manager slipping into excuses - that attitude rubs off on the players. JE needs to get back to setting the example of 'we will overcome everything' that marked his style last season.

Anyway - massive improvement in the 2 matches since Wimbledon. Lets take the positives. Well done County !
Not a thought out comment by JE. I understand him defending Howe, it probably got a bobble and probably Howe should still have done better. More importantly County had 13 shots and only 1 on target. Early on 3 free headers that missed the target. County coped with the pitch better than Fleetwood, shaded the possession and Fleetwood offered little second half - though Fleetwood missed a couple of very good chances. Overall a good performance by County and on balance of play deserved the draw and maybe just about deserved the win. However, the vast majority of 3,728 fans wouldn't blame the pitch and they are not fools. Its not good to see the manager slipping into excuses - that attitude rubs off on the players. JE needs to get back to setting the example of 'we will overcome everything' that marked his style last season. Anyway - massive improvement in the 2 matches since Wimbledon. Lets take the positives. Well done County ! NakedDancer
  • Score: 6

1:36pm Wed 5 Mar 14

llandaff says...

There was a lot of huffing and puffing and fighting for the ball last night. But time after time when we did get possession it was squandered with the two plodding, slow, off target "strikers".
It begs for some thinking outside the square. Personally I would give Wilmott a shot at being up front as he has speed and can actually kick the ball. He is doing a lot of good work on the flank but there is no-one to convert the crosses. Anybody else think it worth a try? Justin?
There was a lot of huffing and puffing and fighting for the ball last night. But time after time when we did get possession it was squandered with the two plodding, slow, off target "strikers". It begs for some thinking outside the square. Personally I would give Wilmott a shot at being up front as he has speed and can actually kick the ball. He is doing a lot of good work on the flank but there is no-one to convert the crosses. Anybody else think it worth a try? Justin? llandaff
  • Score: 4

2:21pm Wed 5 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

It isn't the top six teams we have to worry about.

It is the teams below us that are finding it all too easy to take something away from Rodney Parade,
It isn't the top six teams we have to worry about. It is the teams below us that are finding it all too easy to take something away from Rodney Parade, JimMachen
  • Score: 2

2:21pm Wed 5 Mar 14

newport2012 says...

when all else fails blame the pitch!! absolute nonsense!! a point was a fair result!! Fleetwood could have easily been 3 up in 1st half!! lets look more at the tactics of lumping ball in the air hoping for the best!! playing up front is a thankless task with our tactics.. I brought a few mates over from work due to the offer £5 and they left saying i wont watch that S**t again they dont even try and play football!!
when all else fails blame the pitch!! absolute nonsense!! a point was a fair result!! Fleetwood could have easily been 3 up in 1st half!! lets look more at the tactics of lumping ball in the air hoping for the best!! playing up front is a thankless task with our tactics.. I brought a few mates over from work due to the offer £5 and they left saying i wont watch that S**t again they dont even try and play football!! newport2012
  • Score: 2

3:33pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

llandaff wrote:
There was a lot of huffing and puffing and fighting for the ball last night. But time after time when we did get possession it was squandered with the two plodding, slow, off target "strikers". It begs for some thinking outside the square. Personally I would give Wilmott a shot at being up front as he has speed and can actually kick the ball. He is doing a lot of good work on the flank but there is no-one to convert the crosses. Anybody else think it worth a try? Justin?
I said exactly the same last night - give Wilmott a go up front. He's got pace, he can beat a player and he can finish, plus he's played in the strikers roll at previous clubs.
[quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: There was a lot of huffing and puffing and fighting for the ball last night. But time after time when we did get possession it was squandered with the two plodding, slow, off target "strikers". It begs for some thinking outside the square. Personally I would give Wilmott a shot at being up front as he has speed and can actually kick the ball. He is doing a lot of good work on the flank but there is no-one to convert the crosses. Anybody else think it worth a try? Justin?[/p][/quote]I said exactly the same last night - give Wilmott a go up front. He's got pace, he can beat a player and he can finish, plus he's played in the strikers roll at previous clubs. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Wed 5 Mar 14

hazellboy says...

The pitch helped win the game against Cheltenham when a wicked bounce beat the keeper, cant recall the manager moaning about the pitch then, poor when this is used as an excuse,
The pitch helped win the game against Cheltenham when a wicked bounce beat the keeper, cant recall the manager moaning about the pitch then, poor when this is used as an excuse, hazellboy
  • Score: 0

5:48pm Wed 5 Mar 14

peckylecky says...

newport2012 wrote:
when all else fails blame the pitch!! absolute nonsense!! a point was a fair result!! Fleetwood could have easily been 3 up in 1st half!! lets look more at the tactics of lumping ball in the air hoping for the best!! playing up front is a thankless task with our tactics.. I brought a few mates over from work due to the offer £5 and they left saying i wont watch that S**t again they dont even try and play football!!
County are a jekyll and hyde side the game against oxford was full of skill and passion yet a week later the wimbledon game was dire.
[quote][p][bold]newport2012[/bold] wrote: when all else fails blame the pitch!! absolute nonsense!! a point was a fair result!! Fleetwood could have easily been 3 up in 1st half!! lets look more at the tactics of lumping ball in the air hoping for the best!! playing up front is a thankless task with our tactics.. I brought a few mates over from work due to the offer £5 and they left saying i wont watch that S**t again they dont even try and play football!![/p][/quote]County are a jekyll and hyde side the game against oxford was full of skill and passion yet a week later the wimbledon game was dire. peckylecky
  • Score: 1

8:13pm Wed 5 Mar 14

hazellboy says...

hazellboy wrote:
The pitch helped win the game against Cheltenham when a wicked bounce beat the keeper, cant recall the manager moaning about the pitch then, poor when this is used as an excuse,
sorry meant to say oxford
[quote][p][bold]hazellboy[/bold] wrote: The pitch helped win the game against Cheltenham when a wicked bounce beat the keeper, cant recall the manager moaning about the pitch then, poor when this is used as an excuse,[/p][/quote]sorry meant to say oxford hazellboy
  • Score: 0

8:55pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Sonny Side says...

Blaming the pitch is a very disappointing reaction from JE. Thought better of him.
Blaming the pitch is a very disappointing reaction from JE. Thought better of him. Sonny Side
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

After some of the sniping from fans of late, I wouldn't blame Justin one bit if he woke up tomorrow and said "you know what ? I'm done here". The man has performed miracles in the two and a half he's been at the club, got us promoted back in the football league where we are 10th and still that's not good enough for some. I sometimes wish message boards and comment sections had never been invented cos they are downright embarassing sometimes
After some of the sniping from fans of late, I wouldn't blame Justin one bit if he woke up tomorrow and said "you know what ? I'm done here". The man has performed miracles in the two and a half he's been at the club, got us promoted back in the football league where we are 10th and still that's not good enough for some. I sometimes wish message boards and comment sections had never been invented cos they are downright embarassing sometimes Adrian Williams
  • Score: -2

4:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

NakedDancer says...

It comes with the job in any football management or playing job Adrian. Praise when its going well and criticism (sometimes unfairly) when its not. I'm sure JE knows it would be the same at any club and he's big enough to take some flak. The fans are behind JE but no-one is beyond criticism in football.
It comes with the job in any football management or playing job Adrian. Praise when its going well and criticism (sometimes unfairly) when its not. I'm sure JE knows it would be the same at any club and he's big enough to take some flak. The fans are behind JE but no-one is beyond criticism in football. NakedDancer
  • Score: 4

8:46am Fri 7 Mar 14

county mad says...

TROLLS I warn you they will hound JE out he is well respected and if available would be snapped up .BAN the forums till all trolls are IDed and taken off line forever.
UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!
TROLLS I warn you they will hound JE out he is well respected and if available would be snapped up .BAN the forums till all trolls are IDed and taken off line forever. UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! county mad
  • Score: -3

4:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

JE is a much stronger character than you give him credit for. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, however silly it is - especially paying customers. I'm sure JE will shrug off the ranters and unrealistic. He knows you get that at any club and he knows the vast majority of fans back him.
JE is a much stronger character than you give him credit for. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, however silly it is - especially paying customers. I'm sure JE will shrug off the ranters and unrealistic. He knows you get that at any club and he knows the vast majority of fans back him. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 2

11:19am Sat 8 Mar 14

AMBERLING says...

peckylecky wrote:
newport2012 wrote:
when all else fails blame the pitch!! absolute nonsense!! a point was a fair result!! Fleetwood could have easily been 3 up in 1st half!! lets look more at the tactics of lumping ball in the air hoping for the best!! playing up front is a thankless task with our tactics.. I brought a few mates over from work due to the offer £5 and they left saying i wont watch that S**t again they dont even try and play football!!
County are a jekyll and hyde side the game against oxford was full of skill and passion yet a week later the wimbledon game was dire.
Unfortunately this is true, we are a Jekyll and Hyde team. We're capable of playing some stunning football one minute then predictable, unimaginative, park football the next and this, I believe, is one of our main problems - achieving consistency !
Many came away from that game with the same negative opinion as above and on the back of recent poor performances, others, who took advantage of the £5 ticket, will not be encouraged back because they feel the same. It's a shame we've lost the chance to boost our gate revenue, due to a string of sub-standard performances - just when we needed it !
We can't, and shouldn't, blame the pitch for our own shortcomings or the long ball tactics (seem to remember this was the excuse for doing the same at Spytty and that was like Wembley compared to this ploughed field ...lol !) Others, including us v Oxford, have played well on it and we haven't got Washington to use as our " one trick pony" now, so let's start producing some creative football again. Lets re-learn how to pass though the midfield, shoot accurately (not like we play for the Dragons !!!) and find decent crosses - a bit more movement or anticipation wouldn't go amiss either ! We could also relieve pressure on our defence if the midfield closed down the opposition more, instead of retreating and allowing them space and time to pick out a pass or to shoot ! Press and break up the moves before they present a danger - it's not rocket science ! We seem to lose shape, awareness and direction at times, all of which can be addressed with some decent coaching - over to you J.E. and Co. !!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]peckylecky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]newport2012[/bold] wrote: when all else fails blame the pitch!! absolute nonsense!! a point was a fair result!! Fleetwood could have easily been 3 up in 1st half!! lets look more at the tactics of lumping ball in the air hoping for the best!! playing up front is a thankless task with our tactics.. I brought a few mates over from work due to the offer £5 and they left saying i wont watch that S**t again they dont even try and play football!![/p][/quote]County are a jekyll and hyde side the game against oxford was full of skill and passion yet a week later the wimbledon game was dire.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately this is true, we are a Jekyll and Hyde team. We're capable of playing some stunning football one minute then predictable, unimaginative, park football the next and this, I believe, is one of our main problems - achieving consistency ! Many came away from that game with the same negative opinion as above and on the back of recent poor performances, others, who took advantage of the £5 ticket, will not be encouraged back because they feel the same. It's a shame we've lost the chance to boost our gate revenue, due to a string of sub-standard performances - just when we needed it ! We can't, and shouldn't, blame the pitch for our own shortcomings or the long ball tactics (seem to remember this was the excuse for doing the same at Spytty and that was like Wembley compared to this ploughed field ...lol !) Others, including us v Oxford, have played well on it and we haven't got Washington to use as our " one trick pony" now, so let's start producing some creative football again. Lets re-learn how to pass though the midfield, shoot accurately (not like we play for the Dragons !!!) and find decent crosses - a bit more movement or anticipation wouldn't go amiss either ! We could also relieve pressure on our defence if the midfield closed down the opposition more, instead of retreating and allowing them space and time to pick out a pass or to shoot ! Press and break up the moves before they present a danger - it's not rocket science ! We seem to lose shape, awareness and direction at times, all of which can be addressed with some decent coaching - over to you J.E. and Co. !!!!!!!!!! AMBERLING
  • Score: 1

8:58pm Tue 11 Mar 14

jimmysmith says...

mr edinburgh is also penning a book when he retires .its going to be titled edinburghs book of excuses
mr edinburgh is also penning a book when he retires .its going to be titled edinburghs book of excuses jimmysmith
  • Score: 0

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