Captain in the firing line as Exiles boss looks to shake things up

WARNING: County captain Andy Sandell faces a fight for his place on Saturday

WARNING: County captain Andy Sandell faces a fight for his place on Saturday

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CAPTAIN Andy Sandell could be dropped as Newport County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh looks to kick-start his side’s League Two campaign.

County kept up their 100 per cent start to the season on Tuesday night with a 1-0 defeat at Mansfield Town after the home loss to Wycombe Wanderers and 3-2 reverse at Morecambe on Saturday.

The Exiles were also dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Reading last week and Edinburgh insists nobody is safe from the axe.

And that includes captain Sandell, who was replaced by Ryan Jackson with 25 minutes remaining at Field Mill.

“Ryan played very well at Reading and he made a big statement when he came on, there’s no doubt about that,” said Edinburgh, who confirmed that there was no injury for Sandell.

“No, he’s not injured. He’s not been as good as he should be right now and when you’ve got people like Ryan waiting in the wings you have no worries about changing things.”

The defeat to the Stags came after Ismail Yakubu and Lenny Pidgeley were caught out by Chris Clements inside 90 seconds.

But Edinburgh believes the defeat was down to poor finishing rather than that defensive lapse.

“They were very fortunate with the goal but people are not going to want to hear that,” said Edinburgh.

“We created enough chances to get back into the game and for long periods I thought we were the better side.

“We got caught up in the battle in the first half and it was a bit route one but certainly in the second half we used the ball well.

“We should have at least scored one or two goals but when you’re chasing the game you become more anxious when those chances come your way.

“I’m pleased with our general play,” he added. “I just want us to be a bit more ruthless in the final third. We snatched at our chances.

“The way we’re playing is right but the results are totally wrong.

“It’s only ourselves that can turn it around and I have every confidence and every belief that we can do that.”

Edinburgh will focus on the positives ahead of the visit of Burton Albion to Rodney Parade on Saturday.

“People can judge it and say ‘three games and three defeats’ but we’ve got to look to the next game,” he said.

“We need to get a result so we give ourselves a platform to build from.

“We’ll continue to work hard, which is a gimme, dust ourselves down, regroup, refocus and go again against a difficult opponent.

“It’s not quite going for us but we won’t stop believing. I have every confidence and every belief in myself and I believe that this winless run will end soon.

“We have to keep believing and sooner or later our luck will turn.”

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10:34am Thu 21 Aug 14

Goat Man says...

Watched the County about 10 times last season. Jackson was always top player when i saw him .Suggest he should start every game, Much better than Sandell
Watched the County about 10 times last season. Jackson was always top player when i saw him .Suggest he should start every game, Much better than Sandell Goat Man
  • Score: 11

10:54am Thu 21 Aug 14

CountyValleyboy says...

I think that would be a good move !...Sandell has been underperforming of late
I think that would be a good move !...Sandell has been underperforming of late CountyValleyboy
  • Score: 10

11:12am Thu 21 Aug 14

Forest Vagabond says...

County Fans please read The Editors Chair article of today, I think his comments are fair and correct. As for Andy Sandell let's give him a chance and get behind him this Saturday.
County Fans please read The Editors Chair article of today, I think his comments are fair and correct. As for Andy Sandell let's give him a chance and get behind him this Saturday. Forest Vagabond
  • Score: 0

11:16am Thu 21 Aug 14

Rubble4 says...

Well done justin.Jackos going to drives us Whacko.Better player by a mile than sandell at the mo.Is any body safe now that Justin's finally got the bit between his teeth.We'll all behind u JE
Well done justin.Jackos going to drives us Whacko.Better player by a mile than sandell at the mo.Is any body safe now that Justin's finally got the bit between his teeth.We'll all behind u JE Rubble4
  • Score: 8

12:08pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

In think that 99% of County fans I know would like to see Jackson back at right back. If we're looking at being more clinical, then why not given someone else a try who hasn't had a proper chance yet i.e Jeffers or Parker
In think that 99% of County fans I know would like to see Jackson back at right back. If we're looking at being more clinical, then why not given someone else a try who hasn't had a proper chance yet i.e Jeffers or Parker Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: 11

12:41pm Thu 21 Aug 14

luckylecky says...

JE lost the plot last year, now he's at it again. Sold HIS captain last year now dropping HIS choice for this year, OMG !!! He blamed the pitch last season, now he's blaming LUCK. How many more excuses will this man use to cover his a* *e? TOTAL SHAMBLES
JE lost the plot last year, now he's at it again. Sold HIS captain last year now dropping HIS choice for this year, OMG !!! He blamed the pitch last season, now he's blaming LUCK. How many more excuses will this man use to cover his a* *e? TOTAL SHAMBLES luckylecky
  • Score: -5

1:29pm Thu 21 Aug 14

fester says...

Since Jan 1st 2014 we have played 25 league games and obtained 23 points. It is a massive game Saturday and another loss will more or less put us bottom.
We need players used to the demands of League 2 not these ex Conference boys who are not up to it.. I fear for our future as the present squad is far from good enough.
Since Jan 1st 2014 we have played 25 league games and obtained 23 points. It is a massive game Saturday and another loss will more or less put us bottom. We need players used to the demands of League 2 not these ex Conference boys who are not up to it.. I fear for our future as the present squad is far from good enough. fester
  • Score: 5

1:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Rubble4 says...

Wind ur neck in lucky lecky .ive been very critical of late ,but give the man a chance.Should now be getting behind the team at this difficult time.Lets hope we get the luck we need Saturday .UTC
Wind ur neck in lucky lecky .ive been very critical of late ,but give the man a chance.Should now be getting behind the team at this difficult time.Lets hope we get the luck we need Saturday .UTC Rubble4
  • Score: 4

1:42pm Thu 21 Aug 14

jiffygeorge says...

Manager has to say the things he has said because no manager can say "I can't see our poor run ending' or 'the squad isn't good enough' or 'we need an influx of new players' because that would undermine confidence totally. So he has to say things like 'we deserved better' or 'our luck will change.' However, as has been said by supporters ad nauseum, the fact is that even if we get a win or two under our belts soon, we aren't good enough and are defined for a relegation fight all season. We may just stay up, we may not. Either way, this was a scenario obvious since early this year and the board and manager are squarely to blame.
Manager has to say the things he has said because no manager can say "I can't see our poor run ending' or 'the squad isn't good enough' or 'we need an influx of new players' because that would undermine confidence totally. So he has to say things like 'we deserved better' or 'our luck will change.' However, as has been said by supporters ad nauseum, the fact is that even if we get a win or two under our belts soon, we aren't good enough and are defined for a relegation fight all season. We may just stay up, we may not. Either way, this was a scenario obvious since early this year and the board and manager are squarely to blame. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 12

1:57pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Rodneyboy says...

Glad to see Jackson has finally come into the reckoning.Would like to see a fit Byron Anthony slot into the back three and Also start with Jolley and Jeffers up front to give us a bit of pace.
Glad to see Jackson has finally come into the reckoning.Would like to see a fit Byron Anthony slot into the back three and Also start with Jolley and Jeffers up front to give us a bit of pace. Rodneyboy
  • Score: 8

1:58pm Thu 21 Aug 14

luckylecky says...

jiffygeorge, your last sentence says it all. !
jiffygeorge, your last sentence says it all. ! luckylecky
  • Score: 1

2:20pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Clever Trevor says...

When you look at it there is no real leader/captain at this club,nrmally you would get a stand out player for the job,not since Warren in my mind.
Jones Yak Sandell are not sure of a starting place never mind captain,but there you go.
Lenny is in la la land and would not instal any confidence in any defence,i would hate having him behind me in the back.
But i look forward to the forthcoming argus report on Howe facing his old team on saturday and how much he's up for it,that should change the current tune of late.
When you look at it there is no real leader/captain at this club,nrmally you would get a stand out player for the job,not since Warren in my mind. Jones Yak Sandell are not sure of a starting place never mind captain,but there you go. Lenny is in la la land and would not instal any confidence in any defence,i would hate having him behind me in the back. But i look forward to the forthcoming argus report on Howe facing his old team on saturday and how much he's up for it,that should change the current tune of late. Clever Trevor
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Brat1965 says...

luckylecky wrote:
JE lost the plot last year, now he's at it again. Sold HIS captain last year now dropping HIS choice for this year, OMG !!! He blamed the pitch last season, now he's blaming LUCK. How many more excuses will this man use to cover his a* *e? TOTAL SHAMBLES
Of course this post indicates that luckylecky is indeed a better manager than JE. PLEASE! Let the man get on with the job of running our football club and get off his back! I reiterate, in our promotion year, he was God, but now according to too many critics, he's the devil. Nah, he's the same guy doing his best. Get off his back!
[quote][p][bold]luckylecky[/bold] wrote: JE lost the plot last year, now he's at it again. Sold HIS captain last year now dropping HIS choice for this year, OMG !!! He blamed the pitch last season, now he's blaming LUCK. How many more excuses will this man use to cover his a* *e? TOTAL SHAMBLES[/p][/quote]Of course this post indicates that luckylecky is indeed a better manager than JE. PLEASE! Let the man get on with the job of running our football club and get off his back! I reiterate, in our promotion year, he was God, but now according to too many critics, he's the devil. Nah, he's the same guy doing his best. Get off his back! Brat1965
  • Score: 0

9:00pm Thu 21 Aug 14

cgirl says...

Sandell & jackson shouldn't be competing for a position, Jackson is a natural right sided defender, Sandell a natural left sided player.
JE, didnt you learn last season to play players in their natural positions?
Thats my main concern, you do not seem to learn from past mistakes.
Sandell & jackson shouldn't be competing for a position, Jackson is a natural right sided defender, Sandell a natural left sided player. JE, didnt you learn last season to play players in their natural positions? Thats my main concern, you do not seem to learn from past mistakes. cgirl
  • Score: 3

9:30pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Clever Trevor says...

TBH,i think giving sandell the captaincy has killed him,not sure if it comes with a pay rise but it seems to be weighing down on him.
TBH,i think giving sandell the captaincy has killed him,not sure if it comes with a pay rise but it seems to be weighing down on him. Clever Trevor
  • Score: 2

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