Dack reveals unbeaten aim

First published in Sport

NEWPORT County assistant manager Jimmy Dack has revealed the Exiles are battling to stay undefeated for the rest of the campaign following a team meeting, writes Michael Pearlman.

County’s horrible 2014 has improved markedly in recent weeks, losing only two of their last seven and following the 2-1 reverse to Plymouth, Justin Edinburgh challenged his side to build some momentum by staying undefeated until the campaign ends.

It’ll be tough with clashes against York and Rochdale, but Dack is confident in his charges.

“We are going to try as hard as we can to win the two games,” he said.

“We’ve had a meeting and set that target and we believe it’s possible for us.

“We didn’t want to finish on the same horrible run as we’ve been on and we have set our stall out to try and carry this run on and stay unbeaten until the end of the season.

“So far we are hitting that target, we’ve got two tough games left but we’ll try and win them both.”

Dack feels the Exiles have let themselves down this season against the sides of a similar ability, according to the league table.

“We’ve learned a lot about ourselves this season and about our players and we’ve learned a lot about League Two,” he said.

“We don’t think we’ve cracked it by any means, after 22 games we were in the play-offs but we didn’t carry that on into the second half of the season.

“One or two of our younger players will have learned a lot about themselves this season.

“We’ll look back at what we’ve done well and what we haven’t. We’ve had good performances and results against the top teams, like we did again on Monday, and to be fair, we’ve also done quite well also against the bottom teams.

“Where we have struggled is against those in and around us, the middle teams and we need to identify why that is.

“The season is 46 games long and we need to strive for consistency.”

Dack now wants the Exiles to finish on a high when Rochdale close out the season at Rodney Parade.

“Especially at home, we want to make Rodney Parade our fortress, from our first 12 games at home this season we had eight wins and two draws and that is what we want to get back to,” he said.

“The players appreciate our home support, our fans put the fear of god in the opposition when they are shouting and screaming and we want to reward them more than we have been.”

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11:06am Wed 23 Apr 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

league 2 safety is a great achievment considering , but well done.

but two questions need to be answered......

1. the last 23 games drop in form , which is quite alarming and if not resolved will result in a relegation fight from the start next season (AND THIS IS NOT A TROLL CAUSING TROUBLE BUT A FACT)

2.the biggest problem from the BURTON game onwards was the lack of a PROVEN HIGH SCORING MARKSMEN this problem was never addressed before or after CONOR WASHINGTON left, i think it was one goal by the strikers since november when we were in january,

i think MIKE FLYNN should be retained , he has proved his worth in the last 10 games even with EDINBURGH rubbing his nose in it at every opportunity about leaving the club. he rose above it and acted like a true professional and in almost every game was the star man.

even if edinburgh brings in younger players you still need your EXPERIENCED pros and mike flynn is that

as for DAVID PIPE, big fan as i am , he didnt really do much to save his bacon, except see red and get the red . i think his future is more certain.

i think jimmy dack made the statement above that county didnt struggle against sides right at the bottom, i think you ll find county mostly lost against sides below them , northampton doing the double springs to mind.

a repeat of this season hinges on getting the pitch sorted out in the summer, because this is an issue that cannot remain unresolved. the pitch was an embarassment not just to the club but visiting clubs also and was a major contributor to the very poor second season .

justin will have to use all his knowledge and contacts to reshape a side that is in need of a desparate shake up . but he is the man for the job ...... DAVID MOYES keep on walking by ;-)
league 2 safety is a great achievment considering , but well done. but two questions need to be answered...... 1. the last 23 games drop in form , which is quite alarming and if not resolved will result in a relegation fight from the start next season (AND THIS IS NOT A TROLL CAUSING TROUBLE BUT A FACT) 2.the biggest problem from the BURTON game onwards was the lack of a PROVEN HIGH SCORING MARKSMEN this problem was never addressed before or after CONOR WASHINGTON left, i think it was one goal by the strikers since november when we were in january, i think MIKE FLYNN should be retained , he has proved his worth in the last 10 games even with EDINBURGH rubbing his nose in it at every opportunity about leaving the club. he rose above it and acted like a true professional and in almost every game was the star man. even if edinburgh brings in younger players you still need your EXPERIENCED pros and mike flynn is that as for DAVID PIPE, big fan as i am , he didnt really do much to save his bacon, except see red and get the red . i think his future is more certain. i think jimmy dack made the statement above that county didnt struggle against sides right at the bottom, i think you ll find county mostly lost against sides below them , northampton doing the double springs to mind. a repeat of this season hinges on getting the pitch sorted out in the summer, because this is an issue that cannot remain unresolved. the pitch was an embarassment not just to the club but visiting clubs also and was a major contributor to the very poor second season . justin will have to use all his knowledge and contacts to reshape a side that is in need of a desparate shake up . but he is the man for the job ...... DAVID MOYES keep on walking by ;-) COUNTYVOICE
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12:41pm Wed 23 Apr 14

chico16 says...

We have had a meeting and we are going to try as hard as we can to win the games !!!!?????
You cannot be serious making comments like this .------where has he been since January .
I said it before ---why does Pearlman allow comments like this to be published.
How can you really make us think this management team can manage a group of players who have underperformed week after week .??
It took a team meeting, 2 games prior to the end of the season, to realize some of them are not pulling their weight and they need to try and win !!
We have had a meeting and we are going to try as hard as we can to win the games !!!!????? You cannot be serious making comments like this .------where has he been since January . I said it before ---why does Pearlman allow comments like this to be published. How can you really make us think this management team can manage a group of players who have underperformed week after week .?? It took a team meeting, 2 games prior to the end of the season, to realize some of them are not pulling their weight and they need to try and win !! chico16
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8:07pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

They better not score first then, they don't seem able to defend a lead.
They better not score first then, they don't seem able to defend a lead. Foxyboy3rd
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