Angry Exiles boss set to make changes at Mansfield

FURIOUS: Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh

FURIOUS: Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh

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NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh is ready to wield the axe after Saturday’s shocking second half capitulation at Morecambe.

County were 2-0 up and cruising at half-time at the Globe Arena thanks to goals from Adam Chapman and Aaron O’Connor.

But after the break they crumbled in the face of a determined fightback from the hosts with last season’s nemesis Kevin Ellison netting twice and substitute Paul Mullin heading the winner six minutes from time.

A furious Edinburgh laid into his defence, criticising experienced players who he said had failed to follow simple instructions.

And after two defeats in League Two and a Capital One Cup exit at Reading in the first eight days of the new season – conceding eight goals in the process – he hinted that there could be changes for tomorrow’s trip to Mansfield Town.

“After a very good opening 45 minutes it was a typical case of shooting ourselves in the foot,” said the Exiles boss.

“We gave away unnecessary free-kicks, invited unnecessary pressure on to us and made the wrong decisions.

“We gave a free-kick away that shouldn’t have been given away. We spoke about that at half-time but it was experienced players making these errors.

“We’re talking about senior players out there,” he added. “There weren’t many youngsters out there and you’re reliant on them.

“We were in control in the first half and the instructions were clear and simple but unfortunately the players haven’t carried them out.

“We had to see the game out at 2-2 but we gave them a free header in the box at the end and it’s criminal really.

“We’ve got to learn and we’ve got to learn quickly because they didn’t beat us; we beat ourselves and that’s the most disappointing factor.”

Andrew Hughes replaced Kevin Feely in the starting XI at the last minute on Saturday as the Irish youngster succumbed to a toe infection.

“It’s severely infected so we don’t know when he’ll be fit until he’s seen a doctor,” said Edinburgh.

“I thought Andrew Hughes came in and was very good. He was one of the young boys in the team and he followed my instructions.

“I’ll think about changes for the Mansfield game now,” he added.

“I’ve got players who are good enough to be in that side if the players in it aren’t going to take those opportunities

“We have to dust ourselves down and the good thing is that the games come thick and fast now and we’ve got a chance to put that right on Tuesday night.

“There were some positives from the first half; the goals we scored and the chances we created were pleasing.

“We have to focus on that, iron out the errors that keep occurring, regroup and go again on Tuesday.”

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8:15am Mon 18 Aug 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

Well, if as you say Justin, you've "got players that are good enough to be in that side", why on earth don't you bloody well play 'em.
Well, if as you say Justin, you've "got players that are good enough to be in that side", why on earth don't you bloody well play 'em. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 7

8:25am Mon 18 Aug 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

ex-St. Julians boy wrote:
Well, if as you say Justin, you've "got players that are good enough to be in that side", why on earth don't you bloody well play 'em.
For certain, there at least 6 currently in the Team who are not playing well enough to retain their place. And as for JE 'thinking of making changes' , well what the hell is there to think about! Mind you that would mean him dropping a few of his favourites and that simply won't do, would it Justin?
[quote][p][bold]ex-St. Julians boy[/bold] wrote: Well, if as you say Justin, you've "got players that are good enough to be in that side", why on earth don't you bloody well play 'em.[/p][/quote]For certain, there at least 6 currently in the Team who are not playing well enough to retain their place. And as for JE 'thinking of making changes' , well what the hell is there to think about! Mind you that would mean him dropping a few of his favourites and that simply won't do, would it Justin? Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 10

8:39am Mon 18 Aug 14

Harps62 says...

"Thinking of making changes"
Did he really come up with that comment!!
"Thinking of making changes" Did he really come up with that comment!! Harps62
  • Score: 2

9:57am Mon 18 Aug 14

Rubble4 says...

Not much quality wherever u look .,on the pitch or on the bench
Not much quality wherever u look .,on the pitch or on the bench Rubble4
  • Score: 4

11:20am Mon 18 Aug 14

CountyValleyboy says...

We must get a positive result tomorrow then 3 points on Saturday!------ things will then hopefully settle down !
We must get a positive result tomorrow then 3 points on Saturday!------ things will then hopefully settle down ! CountyValleyboy
  • Score: 8

11:39am Mon 18 Aug 14

Rubble4 says...

Edinburgh we trust in u.I hope.utc
Edinburgh we trust in u.I hope.utc Rubble4
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Mon 18 Aug 14

larneman says...

CountyValleyboy wrote:
We must get a positive result tomorrow then 3 points on Saturday!------ things will then hopefully settle down !
The pigs have been fed and are ready for take-off.
[quote][p][bold]CountyValleyboy[/bold] wrote: We must get a positive result tomorrow then 3 points on Saturday!------ things will then hopefully settle down ![/p][/quote]The pigs have been fed and are ready for take-off. larneman
  • Score: -4

2:33pm Mon 18 Aug 14

sooty001 says...

Should not have made changes from the Reading game, this manager is on another planet, talk about " Stable door, horse " We knew from the player retained list that there were going to be problems and yet he still will not listen to the paying supporters. I just hope he gets things right before the wheels come off completely, and the club is left in the sticky stuff.
Should not have made changes from the Reading game, this manager is on another planet, talk about " Stable door, horse " We knew from the player retained list that there were going to be problems and yet he still will not listen to the paying supporters. I just hope he gets things right before the wheels come off completely, and the club is left in the sticky stuff. sooty001
  • Score: 7

3:32pm Mon 18 Aug 14

CountyValleyboy says...

Before panicking, remember Accrington last year ?------ did not register their first league win until October after 13 games !
Before panicking, remember Accrington last year ?------ did not register their first league win until October after 13 games ! CountyValleyboy
  • Score: 2

5:46pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Brat1965 says...

Go it Justin! Give 'em 'Ell! The thing is...will they listen?
Go it Justin! Give 'em 'Ell! The thing is...will they listen? Brat1965
  • Score: 1

6:33pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Given the exceptional job that Justin has done for our club - getting us back in the football league and keeping us there - it's too early to be calling for him to be sacked in my opinion. That said, he needs to stop being too loyal to too many players. We do not have the right balance in the midfield - Minsh, Flynn, Byrne and Porter are battlers whilst Kluwoski and Chapman are attacking midfielders. This means there are no creative central midfielders. Also, why oh why was Jackson dropped again after a good performance against Reading ? Justin declared previously that he is the reason why he let Pipey go. Sandell also needs some serious competition at left back. The problem with making him captain is that he'll get picked even if he's not playing well. It's time to stick together and get behind Justin, but it's also time for Justin to stop being too loyal to too many players and bring some better quality in if feasible. If that means shipping one or two players out, then so be it but in my opinion we need at least one creative central midfielder and at least one left back (ideally someone who can cover right back as well).
Given the exceptional job that Justin has done for our club - getting us back in the football league and keeping us there - it's too early to be calling for him to be sacked in my opinion. That said, he needs to stop being too loyal to too many players. We do not have the right balance in the midfield - Minsh, Flynn, Byrne and Porter are battlers whilst Kluwoski and Chapman are attacking midfielders. This means there are no creative central midfielders. Also, why oh why was Jackson dropped again after a good performance against Reading ? Justin declared previously that he is the reason why he let Pipey go. Sandell also needs some serious competition at left back. The problem with making him captain is that he'll get picked even if he's not playing well. It's time to stick together and get behind Justin, but it's also time for Justin to stop being too loyal to too many players and bring some better quality in if feasible. If that means shipping one or two players out, then so be it but in my opinion we need at least one creative central midfielder and at least one left back (ideally someone who can cover right back as well). Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: 11

10:06pm Mon 18 Aug 14

exrisca says...

On holiday in Germany and have only just found out the result. Of dear, but look on the bright side, we are out of the bottom two.
On holiday in Germany and have only just found out the result. Of dear, but look on the bright side, we are out of the bottom two. exrisca
  • Score: 2

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