Edinburgh warns his players they aren't secure

NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh has warned his players that they are playing for their futures between now and the end of the season.

The Exiles are continuing to slide down League Two and Saturday’s 2-1 reverse to Portsmouth means they’ve won only two of their last 17 league games.

And while some important draws have made it unlikely Newport will become embroiled in a relegation battle, Edinburgh is aware of the need to finish the campaign strongly.

“Without a doubt there is still a lot at stake for all of us, myself, the football club and we’ll maintain our standards and our levels, we want to finish as high as we possibly can.

“Players’ contracts are up and they’ve got to work hard to earn a living as a Football League player.

“Now we need to finish as strongly as we can and try and gain as many points as we can for our highest finish in 25-years and the first back in the Football League.

“The League table won’t lie at the end of the season, our budget doesn’t lie, the club as a whole doesn’t lie, we are sitting in a very good position, Northampton and Torquay would take it right now!

“In general the players have given everything they’ve got.

“But there are still players I am undecided on. As a manager I see things, off the field, training every day and there is a lot to take into consideration.

“We are already planning for next season and assessing things and we will make the decisions when we feel it is necessary.”

One player who will be around next term is striker Shaun Jeffers who hasn’t been given much time to shine since joining from Peterborough in January as part of the Conor Washington deal.

However, after an encouraging cameo on Saturday he’s hoping for more game time in the coming weeks.

“I’ve been working hard, working on my game and waiting for my chance to show everyone what I can do,” he said.

“I’m happy to get a few minutes, unfortunately we didn’t get a result but it’s hard when you go down to nine men.

“I thought we showed great character to get a goal back and we could have got a draw in the end.

Jeffers is enjoying life at Rodney Parade despite County’s poor form.

“It’s always difficult when you come to a new club to try and establish yourself,” he said.

“I am delighted to be here with a great bunch of lads and we are going to keep working hard to finish as high up the league as we can.

“I am enjoying it here. The support was great, you could hear the fans all the time.

“It helps spur us on and I am delighted with how the fans supported us.

“Hopefully we can try and get a result for them in the next game.”

And Jeffers believes an improvement is coming for County.

“For the two games before this we were unbeaten so we have to take each game as they come and see how far we can push up the table at the end of the season,” he said.

“You can move up the league pretty quickly, there are a lot of teams around us and it’s a tight league.

“We are not struggling to stay in the league we are trying to do well and hopefully we can have a good end to the season.”

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9:04am Mon 31 Mar 14

Clever Trevor says...

Not sure how it sounded from pitch side,but the only noise i could hear was Pompey fans,considering their perilous position they were superb,by far the loudest fans ive heard in years.
As for the game,bar the result,it was a proper Football league game,even at 9 men i thought we might nick a point,at least we'll have them again next season,i'd hate to see a famous club like that go down.
Not sure how it sounded from pitch side,but the only noise i could hear was Pompey fans,considering their perilous position they were superb,by far the loudest fans ive heard in years. As for the game,bar the result,it was a proper Football league game,even at 9 men i thought we might nick a point,at least we'll have them again next season,i'd hate to see a famous club like that go down. Clever Trevor
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1:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

cgirl says...

I hope we don't "Maintain our standards" or heaven help us!
I hope we don't "Maintain our standards" or heaven help us! cgirl
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3:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

' Now we need to finish as strongly as we can and gain as many points as we can for our highest finish in 25 years and the first back in the football league'.

Hmmm....won't that be true wherever we finish at the end of the season J.E.?

I think that's what's known as putting a gloss on things and papering over the cracks.
' Now we need to finish as strongly as we can and gain as many points as we can for our highest finish in 25 years and the first back in the football league'. Hmmm....won't that be true wherever we finish at the end of the season J.E.? I think that's what's known as putting a gloss on things and papering over the cracks. jetspotter
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5:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Fancy getting poor Jeffers to come out with more more bland comments.
"An improvement is coming"
I just hope he shows more in a full game than he did in the 2nd half on Saturday.
Fancy getting poor Jeffers to come out with more more bland comments. "An improvement is coming" I just hope he shows more in a full game than he did in the 2nd half on Saturday. Harps62
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7:17pm Mon 31 Mar 14

jiffygeorge says...

I won't name them, regular fans will know, but I reckon only eight of this season's squad are good enough to be retained next season. Unfortunately another two or three are already contracted, despite being hopelessly out of their depth. The problem is, has the County boss got the bottle or the financial backing to be able to take hard-headed decisions or will the club continue to insist most of the current squad are good enough for Division Two when they palpably are not?
I won't name them, regular fans will know, but I reckon only eight of this season's squad are good enough to be retained next season. Unfortunately another two or three are already contracted, despite being hopelessly out of their depth. The problem is, has the County boss got the bottle or the financial backing to be able to take hard-headed decisions or will the club continue to insist most of the current squad are good enough for Division Two when they palpably are not? jiffygeorge
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7:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

jiffygeorge wrote:
I won't name them, regular fans will know, but I reckon only eight of this season's squad are good enough to be retained next season. Unfortunately another two or three are already contracted, despite being hopelessly out of their depth. The problem is, has the County boss got the bottle or the financial backing to be able to take hard-headed decisions or will the club continue to insist most of the current squad are good enough for Division Two when they palpably are not?
Agree Jiffygeorge.
Think we have 4 top notch players at this level plus 4 on the fringe.
Some of the rest okay for Conference but I think some would not get a club at that level either.
You think Billy Jones who didn't put a foot wrong was jettisoned and is now at Gloucester was far better than some of our current midfield squad.
Would of swapped him for a few quite readily
[quote][p][bold]jiffygeorge[/bold] wrote: I won't name them, regular fans will know, but I reckon only eight of this season's squad are good enough to be retained next season. Unfortunately another two or three are already contracted, despite being hopelessly out of their depth. The problem is, has the County boss got the bottle or the financial backing to be able to take hard-headed decisions or will the club continue to insist most of the current squad are good enough for Division Two when they palpably are not?[/p][/quote]Agree Jiffygeorge. Think we have 4 top notch players at this level plus 4 on the fringe. Some of the rest okay for Conference but I think some would not get a club at that level either. You think Billy Jones who didn't put a foot wrong was jettisoned and is now at Gloucester was far better than some of our current midfield squad. Would of swapped him for a few quite readily Harps62
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8:43pm Mon 31 Mar 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

All this threatening stuff taken in the context of the abysmal form indicates the dressing room has well and truly been lost.
All this threatening stuff taken in the context of the abysmal form indicates the dressing room has well and truly been lost. lowandhardandinthecorner
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1:49am Tue 1 Apr 14

JimMachen says...

I'm sure that both Northampton and Torquay would take Wycombe's position at the moment as well.

The problem is that given the right results, both of those teams can probably still overtake us. All rather unlikely, as is us getting anything out of the game at Chesterfield. I doubt that we will get relegated but a bottom four position is quite possible.
I'm sure that both Northampton and Torquay would take Wycombe's position at the moment as well. The problem is that given the right results, both of those teams can probably still overtake us. All rather unlikely, as is us getting anything out of the game at Chesterfield. I doubt that we will get relegated but a bottom four position is quite possible. JimMachen
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