Derby showdown

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh got a taste of the big time yesterday – and he’s hoping his charges take inspiration ahead of today’s Welsh derby with Wrexham.

The Exiles visit the Racecourse Stadium today looking to maintain their 100 per cent record so far this term, having surged to the top of the Blue Square Bet Conference.

County enjoyed a quiet day yesterday as the transfer window slammed shut across the country, but they were in the centre of things on a visit to a Premier League team.

The Exiles travelled to Stoke City’s training ground yesterday en route to North Wales and trained at their state-of-the-art facility on the day the Premier League side signed Charlie Adam from Liverpool as the madness of deadline day continued unabated.

Edinburgh wasn’t looking to do any business and was hopeful no approaches would arrive for any of his players and is hopeful the Exiles’ quiet day was ideal preparation for their derby clash.

"The lads have been up at Stoke today, they’ve trained and hopefully it’s the perfect preparation," director of football Tim Harris explained.

"We’ve seen Tony Pulis around, he’s busy but unless we could persuade him to lend us Kenwyne Jones we weren’t looking to do any business.

"We are happy with the squad we have and will continue as we have been."

Edinburgh believes today’s clash is the acid test for his group.

"We’ve earned the right to be top of the league by playing the football we have," he said.

"But that won’t mean anything to Wrexham who will want to prove their point to us. They will want to show they are still the Welsh club chasing for promotion.

“We need to go there and be strong and up to the challenge and I have no doubt we can do just that.”

The north Walians spent much of the latter part of the transfer window attempting to sign a former County player, midfield schemer Danny Rose.

No deal had been reached for the Fleetwood player as of the early part of yesterday evening and as such the ex-Man United man will not be able to feature against Newport today.

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