Edinburgh warns players he will wield axe

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JUSTIN Edinburgh has warned his players that their futures at the club will be in danger if they don't improve their dreadful form in 2014.

The Exiles were arguably the better side at Mansfield on Saturday but were beaten by Anthony Howell's last-gasp header on 89 minutes.

It means County have won only once in their last 11 in 2014 and no team has fewer League Two points since the turn of the year.

But incredibly, despite their horrible run, the Exiles remain only six points off the play-offs, with two games in hand.

However, Edinburgh knows there is no point thinking about a top seven finish in their current predicament and has instead warned his players that he expects to see an improvement, if they want to remain part of the Amber Army.

"We will have the boys in for training today ahead of tomorrow and we have another tough game that we need to try and get something out of," he said.

"We've got to concentrate on getting a run of form together and if we do that, we will see where it can take us, but we aren't talking about the play-offs.

"We've got a squad here now, we are near enough at full strength and people have to make the most of opportunities that come their way.

"The only one who did that on Saturday was Andrew Hughes. He stood up and was counted and they are the kind of performances I am looking for.

"If people want to be here next year.... What I can say is there are plenty of people playing for their spots next season.

"This is a great club, our fans made this sound like this was a home game and if people want to still be here next season, they need to step up their performances."

Edinburgh admits he'd be thrilled to claim victory at Morecambe tomorrow night even if his side don't deserve it.

"It's disappointing to lose the game the way we did, my players came out in the second half and responded really well to being behind, but I can praise them as much as I like, they need to take responsibility for all their dominance and the fact is, we shouldn't be losing to a goal like that. It's frustrating and it isn't good enough, we have to erase that," he said.

"What we don't want is to be creeping in to being a team who should get something out of a game, but don't.

"I'd rather be lucky and I don't think we've had many games like that this season, when we've won it's been because we've been the better team.

"That's frustrating, probably there are five or six games where we've been a good team (the better team) but we haven't won and that's a frustration to me. I'd rather win luckily than lose dominating."

Edinburgh was annoyed by the manner of Saturday's defeat.

"Our goalkeeper hasn't made a save, but we've lost 2-1," he said.

"The players can't let their heads drop and if anyone does, they won't be in the team.

"It was hard to see it coming, after we scored we were by far the better side, but we lacked the quality we needed and couldn't finish them off with the second goal.

"It's hard to take, our goalkeeper probably hasn't had to make in the whole game, but deserving to win means nothing. It's all about results on the pitch and at the moment they aren't going for us."

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9:17am Mon 10 Mar 14

netala says...

I can only say that the rest of the team must have played awful, if Hughes was the outstanding player . he is just not up to league two standard.
I can only say that the rest of the team must have played awful, if Hughes was the outstanding player . he is just not up to league two standard. netala
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9:19am Mon 10 Mar 14

Exiled Exile says...

I agree with JE's comments except for our keeper not having to make a save. If he had made the only save he was called to do in the first half, instead of pushing the ball into the net from a soft header, then we would have been level at half time.
I agree with JE's comments except for our keeper not having to make a save. If he had made the only save he was called to do in the first half, instead of pushing the ball into the net from a soft header, then we would have been level at half time. Exiled Exile
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9:21am Mon 10 Mar 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

Hughes!!! Was JE watching the same game as I was? Andrew has been a good servant of the Club but sadly for him, is not League 2 standard.
Hughes!!! Was JE watching the same game as I was? Andrew has been a good servant of the Club but sadly for him, is not League 2 standard. Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 5

11:25am Mon 10 Mar 14

NakedDancer says...

I've only seen the goals on the highlights but the Mansfield goals are aimless lofted balls into the County penalty area that should be meat and drink for League 2 defenders. Only Minshull (a midfielder) is challenging and we know despite his many qualities he is't a great defender. The County central defenders are ball watching or gone walkabout.
I've only seen the goals on the highlights but the Mansfield goals are aimless lofted balls into the County penalty area that should be meat and drink for League 2 defenders. Only Minshull (a midfielder) is challenging and we know despite his many qualities he is't a great defender. The County central defenders are ball watching or gone walkabout. NakedDancer
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11:49am Mon 10 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

How can Justin state the keeper didn't have to make a save when he basically pushed the ball into the net himself and totally missed the second one completely.
That really say a lot when Andrew Hughes is singled out as the one and only worth a merit on Saturday after being dropped due to being out of his depth previously.
Lets see what team starts tomorrow night
How can Justin state the keeper didn't have to make a save when he basically pushed the ball into the net himself and totally missed the second one completely. That really say a lot when Andrew Hughes is singled out as the one and only worth a merit on Saturday after being dropped due to being out of his depth previously. Lets see what team starts tomorrow night Harps62
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12:04pm Mon 10 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

IIRC Hughes made his debut at Mansfield two or three seasons ago and I remember saying after that game that I didn't think that he was good enough.

I've seen little since then to change my opinion.
IIRC Hughes made his debut at Mansfield two or three seasons ago and I remember saying after that game that I didn't think that he was good enough. I've seen little since then to change my opinion. JimMachen
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12:25pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Clever Trevor says...

Didn't go to the game myself,saw it on TV and have to say that Hughes was not to blame for any of the goals,so how people can say such rubbish is beyond me.
And yes this is the same player who had 5 MOM awards earlier in the season before getting injured.
The same garbage wa said of Washington IE - loan him out to a conference team,not good enough etc,now the same fans are crying out for him.
Fans pick up on anything or anyone,even JE is coming under fire,it was't that long ago that people were petrified that he might leave,now they are wishing he did,he's the best manager we've had in 25 years.
Didn't go to the game myself,saw it on TV and have to say that Hughes was not to blame for any of the goals,so how people can say such rubbish is beyond me. And yes this is the same player who had 5 MOM awards earlier in the season before getting injured. The same garbage wa said of Washington IE - loan him out to a conference team,not good enough etc,now the same fans are crying out for him. Fans pick up on anything or anyone,even JE is coming under fire,it was't that long ago that people were petrified that he might leave,now they are wishing he did,he's the best manager we've had in 25 years. Clever Trevor
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12:54pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Clever Trevor wrote:
Didn't go to the game myself,saw it on TV and have to say that Hughes was not to blame for any of the goals,so how people can say such rubbish is beyond me.
And yes this is the same player who had 5 MOM awards earlier in the season before getting injured.
The same garbage wa said of Washington IE - loan him out to a conference team,not good enough etc,now the same fans are crying out for him.
Fans pick up on anything or anyone,even JE is coming under fire,it was't that long ago that people were petrified that he might leave,now they are wishing he did,he's the best manager we've had in 25 years.
Nobody has said Hughes was to blame for the goals.
My surprise is that JE singled him out as the only player worth mentioning
Its JE himself saying the other 10 were not up to it on Saturday I quote!!
[quote][p][bold]Clever Trevor[/bold] wrote: Didn't go to the game myself,saw it on TV and have to say that Hughes was not to blame for any of the goals,so how people can say such rubbish is beyond me. And yes this is the same player who had 5 MOM awards earlier in the season before getting injured. The same garbage wa said of Washington IE - loan him out to a conference team,not good enough etc,now the same fans are crying out for him. Fans pick up on anything or anyone,even JE is coming under fire,it was't that long ago that people were petrified that he might leave,now they are wishing he did,he's the best manager we've had in 25 years.[/p][/quote]Nobody has said Hughes was to blame for the goals. My surprise is that JE singled him out as the only player worth mentioning Its JE himself saying the other 10 were not up to it on Saturday I quote!! Harps62
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1:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

asrncafc says...

From the comments appearing lately, not only from this article, it is clear that County fans are venting their frustrations (quite rightly) and trying to find the cause of County's debacle since the beginning of the year.

Seeing your favourite team winning and climbing positions and then suddenly witnessing an inability to win a string of matches is proving too much for the vociferous and loyal County fans.

The team is currently under pressure and JE knows this quite well. He is trying, quite rightly, to uplift the players' morale. One thing stupifies me: in all the interviews, JE never mentions O'Connor and I wonder why Messrs Penman and Pearlman never ask the man a direct question about the player, his current physical condition and the timeframes when we can see Aaron at least on the bench.
From the comments appearing lately, not only from this article, it is clear that County fans are venting their frustrations (quite rightly) and trying to find the cause of County's debacle since the beginning of the year. Seeing your favourite team winning and climbing positions and then suddenly witnessing an inability to win a string of matches is proving too much for the vociferous and loyal County fans. The team is currently under pressure and JE knows this quite well. He is trying, quite rightly, to uplift the players' morale. One thing stupifies me: in all the interviews, JE never mentions O'Connor and I wonder why Messrs Penman and Pearlman never ask the man a direct question about the player, his current physical condition and the timeframes when we can see Aaron at least on the bench. asrncafc
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

Perhaps JE thinks that the O'Connor situation is nothing to do with us.
Perhaps JE thinks that the O'Connor situation is nothing to do with us. ex-St. Julians boy
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2:20pm Mon 10 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

Well you never know the true measure of something until real pressure is applied. I reckon Justin is made of pretty stern stuff and will turn the situation around. His confidence must be at a low ebb and I'm sure he is questioning his own judgement just as much as some of the more faint-hearted supporters. I believe we will not only survive a situation that is in danger of becoming a dogfight for survival but 'grow' as a consequence. Let's keep calm and remember that it's now more important than ever to keep the faith and get behind the current setup.
Well you never know the true measure of something until real pressure is applied. I reckon Justin is made of pretty stern stuff and will turn the situation around. His confidence must be at a low ebb and I'm sure he is questioning his own judgement just as much as some of the more faint-hearted supporters. I believe we will not only survive a situation that is in danger of becoming a dogfight for survival but 'grow' as a consequence. Let's keep calm and remember that it's now more important than ever to keep the faith and get behind the current setup. jetspotter
  • Score: 2

3:49pm Mon 10 Mar 14

jiffygeorge says...

JE is showing his first sign of desperation. Pointless warning players their club futures are at stake. They surely must know that if they are not already on a contract for next season, they need to improve immeasurably to earn one. As many fans have said, our position is such we could still make the play-offs or end in a relegation battle. My feeling is we will now end in mid-table, which is fine for first season back in League Two after such a long absence, but it might have been so much better had we been able to retain Oshiaja and been able to get O'Connor fit (what is holding up his return)?
JE is showing his first sign of desperation. Pointless warning players their club futures are at stake. They surely must know that if they are not already on a contract for next season, they need to improve immeasurably to earn one. As many fans have said, our position is such we could still make the play-offs or end in a relegation battle. My feeling is we will now end in mid-table, which is fine for first season back in League Two after such a long absence, but it might have been so much better had we been able to retain Oshiaja and been able to get O'Connor fit (what is holding up his return)? jiffygeorge
  • Score: 4

11:57am Tue 11 Mar 14

Portugal96 says...

Good morning sorry I must apologize for my late addition to comments , however this is due to my loyalty , demands and rights to listen to Tim Thraves on Saturday topped up by "tweets" from "Words of Pearls" description of his rally cross on arrival at the ground , hence yesterday I was "frog marched" to the supermarket and I think we all understand what that means.
Now back to our COUNTY , I will not comment on the actual game I think enough has been said and we look forward to tonight we a hope and a prayer we can achieve the missing three points per match.
My observation is Justin E's comment , I said last week the tiger has woken now it appears the tiger has roared , however I feel the roar in misappropriate , " I will wield the axe" ,. No Justin E I cannot agree with your methodology , it is all about motivation to achieve success , we learnt a long time ago in all types of organizations / professions/ industry you do not rule or gain respect by fear.
Any Manager worth his salt when his team / department etc. is not performing takes full responsibility for the failings in in his . .
Good morning sorry I must apologize for my late addition to comments , however this is due to my loyalty , demands and rights to listen to Tim Thraves on Saturday topped up by "tweets" from "Words of Pearls" description of his rally cross on arrival at the ground , hence yesterday I was "frog marched" to the supermarket and I think we all understand what that means. Now back to our COUNTY , I will not comment on the actual game I think enough has been said and we look forward to tonight we a hope and a prayer we can achieve the missing three points per match. My observation is Justin E's comment , I said last week the tiger has woken now it appears the tiger has roared , however I feel the roar in misappropriate , " I will wield the axe" ,. No Justin E I cannot agree with your methodology , it is all about motivation to achieve success , we learnt a long time ago in all types of organizations / professions/ industry you do not rule or gain respect by fear. Any Manager worth his salt when his team / department etc. is not performing takes full responsibility for the failings in in his . . Portugal96
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12:22pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Portugal96 says...

Good morning sorry I must apologize for my late addition to comments , however this is due to my loyalty , demands and rights to listen to Tim Thraves on Saturday topped up by "tweets" from "Words of Pearls" description of his rally cross on arrival at the ground , hence yesterday I was "frog marched" to the supermarket and I think we all understand what that means.
Now back to our COUNTY , I will not comment on the actual game I think enough has been said and we look forward to tonight we a hope and a pray we can achieve the missing three points per match.
My observation is Justin E's comment , I said last week the tiger has woken now it appears the tiger has roared , however I feel the roar in misappropriate , " I will wield the axe" ,. No Justin E I cannot agree with your methodology , it is all about motivation to achieve success , we learnt a long time ago in all types of organizations / professions/ industry you do not rule or gain respect by fear.
Any Manager worth his salt when his team / department etc. is not performing and takes full responsibility on his shoulders for his departments failings , however painful , takes the criticism and then pulls
his team together and sets about correcting the issues within his area , but does not "air his dirty washing" outside his responsibilities. This approach of public warnings by ALL football managers or any other manager I personally hate , I wrote about this last year when Justin E did it and also before when "young " Hudson was there ( not "OLD" Hudman ) , also about Sir Alex and my friend the "Special One". This type of public blast is a sign of management weakness and self defense and I believe in the coaching protocols for all managers the importance of motivation training is of the utmost importance .
So come on Justin E keep your frustrations to the dressing room and work on your motivation skills , sure if you believe squad players do not have the required attributes then change them , but do it in a professional way.THANK YOU ! !
John Hudman.
Good morning sorry I must apologize for my late addition to comments , however this is due to my loyalty , demands and rights to listen to Tim Thraves on Saturday topped up by "tweets" from "Words of Pearls" description of his rally cross on arrival at the ground , hence yesterday I was "frog marched" to the supermarket and I think we all understand what that means. Now back to our COUNTY , I will not comment on the actual game I think enough has been said and we look forward to tonight we a hope and a pray we can achieve the missing three points per match. My observation is Justin E's comment , I said last week the tiger has woken now it appears the tiger has roared , however I feel the roar in misappropriate , " I will wield the axe" ,. No Justin E I cannot agree with your methodology , it is all about motivation to achieve success , we learnt a long time ago in all types of organizations / professions/ industry you do not rule or gain respect by fear. Any Manager worth his salt when his team / department etc. is not performing and takes full responsibility on his shoulders for his departments failings , however painful , takes the criticism and then pulls his team together and sets about correcting the issues within his area , but does not "air his dirty washing" outside his responsibilities. This approach of public warnings by ALL football managers or any other manager I personally hate , I wrote about this last year when Justin E did it and also before when "young " Hudson was there ( not "OLD" Hudman ) , also about Sir Alex and my friend the "Special One". This type of public blast is a sign of management weakness and self defense and I believe in the coaching protocols for all managers the importance of motivation training is of the utmost importance . So come on Justin E keep your frustrations to the dressing room and work on your motivation skills , sure if you believe squad players do not have the required attributes then change them , but do it in a professional way.THANK YOU ! ! John Hudman. Portugal96
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