My players deserve praise, says Justin Edinburgh

PRIDE: Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh

PRIDE: Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh

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NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh has praised his players for their mental strength after completing a run of five home games in a fortnight, writes Andrew Penman.

The Exiles boss has been critical of the Rodney Parade pitch, which he believes cost his side two points in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Fleetwood Town.

County took just five points from their five home games but Edinburgh insists that the draws with Fleetwood and Scunthorpe on Saturday show how his side can compete with the best that League Two has to offer.

“I thought we were worthy of the win but another one of the top six sides have come here and haven't taken a win away from Rodney Parade,” he said after Tuesday’s stalemate.

“I have to praise my players. It’s been a tough five games here but we showed a real good mental attitude and a great work ethic and these last two games we’ve showed what a good side we are.”

Edinburgh was impressed with the impact Mike Flynn made from the bench on Tuesday but again defended his decision not to retain the veteran midfielder or former captain David Pipe for next season.

“It’s nothing personal with Michael or David,” he said. “It’s a decision I’ve made as a manager and I’m sorry I’ve had to make that decision.

“They are never personal. They’ve been fantastic servants and they’re fantastic people. I’ve got a very good relationship with them but I’m paid to make decisions for this football club to progress.

“Michael came on and did very well because he’s a professional footballer employed by this club and he’s shown a great attitude.

“So has David. He’s been a captain for me for two and a half years but I’m the manager who has to make the correct decisions for this football club.”

Defender Ismail Yakubu was forced off against Fleetwood with a thigh injury and is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Mansfield Town.

Midfielder Max Porter may also be rested for the clash with the Stags but Byron Anthony should return after being rested in midweek.

Saturday’s match may also be the last County appearance for goalkeeper Elliott Parish as his loan deal from Bristol City expires at the weekend and Lenny Pidgeley and Jamie Stephens are nearing full fitness.

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1:47pm Wed 5 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

So our relatively highly paid players deserve praise for doing seven and a half hours work and possibly a bit of training in the last fortnight? And for producing a string of results which amounts to relegation form?

I think not.

This is the job. It is what they are paid to do.

There are thousands of players at non-league clubs all over the country facing up to twenty games in the rest of March and throughout April who receive mere pittances in wages from their clubs and have full time jobs to boot.

I think some manning up is needed.

And as for criticism of the pitch, was it not Justin who was insistent that we moved away from the Spytty pitch if we wanted him to stay at the club. He has got his wish so why is he not happy?
So our relatively highly paid players deserve praise for doing seven and a half hours work and possibly a bit of training in the last fortnight? And for producing a string of results which amounts to relegation form? I think not. This is the job. It is what they are paid to do. There are thousands of players at non-league clubs all over the country facing up to twenty games in the rest of March and throughout April who receive mere pittances in wages from their clubs and have full time jobs to boot. I think some manning up is needed. And as for criticism of the pitch, was it not Justin who was insistent that we moved away from the Spytty pitch if we wanted him to stay at the club. He has got his wish so why is he not happy? JimMachen
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5:18pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Gooda says...

Plenty of negativity there JimMachen. I don"t think Justin was trying to compare his players with guys working down the pit! I thought he was spot on. Trying to keep a level of consistency while playing that much football is not easy. I think he was right too in his support for the move to Rodney Parade. It has been a financial success for sure. Unfortunately it"s been the wettest winter for 100yrs. Hope you don"t think that was Justins fault as well? Keep the faith!
Plenty of negativity there JimMachen. I don"t think Justin was trying to compare his players with guys working down the pit! I thought he was spot on. Trying to keep a level of consistency while playing that much football is not easy. I think he was right too in his support for the move to Rodney Parade. It has been a financial success for sure. Unfortunately it"s been the wettest winter for 100yrs. Hope you don"t think that was Justins fault as well? Keep the faith! Gooda
  • Score: 12

6:31pm Wed 5 Mar 14

southsea says...

although not a football follower a few facts for fans newport stadium 1 match called of because of weather all season rodney parade i think it's been 5 how can three teams playing on the same pitch keep it in good condition
although not a football follower a few facts for fans newport stadium 1 match called of because of weather all season rodney parade i think it's been 5 how can three teams playing on the same pitch keep it in good condition southsea
  • Score: 0

7:09pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

southsea wrote:
although not a football follower a few facts for fans newport stadium 1 match called of because of weather all season rodney parade i think it's been 5 how can three teams playing on the same pitch keep it in good condition
I guess this is a wind-up. I remember plenty of postponements at Spytty which very often had more sand than Barry Island. The Llanwern slag under the pitch had hardened so there was no drainage and the council didn't have £100k to repair it. As for the Rodney Parade pitch problems its nowt to do with overuse as hardly any matches were played on it after Xmas until mid-Feb because it was flooded due to the torrentially rain, the worst in 100 years - not helped by the incomplete drainage improvements last summer.
[quote][p][bold]southsea[/bold] wrote: although not a football follower a few facts for fans newport stadium 1 match called of because of weather all season rodney parade i think it's been 5 how can three teams playing on the same pitch keep it in good condition[/p][/quote]I guess this is a wind-up. I remember plenty of postponements at Spytty which very often had more sand than Barry Island. The Llanwern slag under the pitch had hardened so there was no drainage and the council didn't have £100k to repair it. As for the Rodney Parade pitch problems its nowt to do with overuse as hardly any matches were played on it after Xmas until mid-Feb because it was flooded due to the torrentially rain, the worst in 100 years - not helped by the incomplete drainage improvements last summer. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 9

7:48am Thu 6 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

Given that Mansfield won the Conference and came up with us last season, they should be a good barrometer as to how we are doing this season. We are 5 points and 10 places above them having played two games less. So I say well done to Justin and the players.
Given that Mansfield won the Conference and came up with us last season, they should be a good barrometer as to how we are doing this season. We are 5 points and 10 places above them having played two games less. So I say well done to Justin and the players. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 7

8:34am Fri 7 Mar 14

county mad says...

Beware the trolls are gathering on here and on fans forum some calling for the manager to be sacked!!!! This club is a galaxy away from where it was when JE joined us ,his vision and football brain his innate ability to sniff out a good player for a song or free are why we are in a brilliant position.Whether we go up and I pray that we do, or finish top half it will be nothing short of miraculous.Lets hope the contractors do their work properly this summer and next season is not full of cancellations .UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!
Beware the trolls are gathering on here and on fans forum some calling for the manager to be sacked!!!! This club is a galaxy away from where it was when JE joined us ,his vision and football brain his innate ability to sniff out a good player for a song or free are why we are in a brilliant position.Whether we go up and I pray that we do, or finish top half it will be nothing short of miraculous.Lets hope the contractors do their work properly this summer and next season is not full of cancellations .UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!! county mad
  • Score: 2

3:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Gooda says...

spot on county mad
spot on county mad Gooda
  • Score: 0

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