We're still on track – County boss rallies the troops

UPBEAT: County manager Justin Edinburgh

UPBEAT: County manager Justin Edinburgh

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COUNTY V STOCKPORT (Saturday, KO 3pm)

NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edin-burgh insists his side are well on course to match their pre-season target despite two successive defeats.

County conceded a last minute winner to slip to a 2-1 loss at Dartford on Tuesday, just three days after their 2-0 defeat at Wrexham.

The Exiles are still third in the Blue Square Bet Premier table after winning their first five games and Edinburgh says his players are performing above expectations.

“We got off to a flyer and I didn’t want people to get carried away. We were probably never going to win this league,” he said.

“Our target is the top half of this league and we’re well in the top half.

“We’ve had a good start and been very consistent but the last two games we’ve probably dropped below expectations and the standards we set ourselves.

“But we have been in the game in the two defeats. That’s pleasing because at times last year we lost and we never looked like getting a win.”

County are just two points behind new leaders Forest Green Rovers but Edinburgh knows that his side need to stop the rot at home to Stockport County on Saturday.

“We’re at home on Saturday and we need to get the crowd behind us and show that we can get a result,” said the Exiles boss.

“As quickly as you can go on a winning run you can go on a losing run and we need to nip that in the bud.

“We’ve got to continue to play our football and build on that and trust that it’ll come good again.”

Edinburgh felt his players were naive in going for the win at Dartford rather than settling for a point but he doesn’t see the need for too many changes on Saturday.

“I didn’t think we looked jaded,” he said. “We were always in the ascendency and took the game to Dartford from start to finish.

“We haven’t got a big squad and people can’t be unrealistic. We won the first five games but two defeats have brought us back down to earth and we’ll regroup and go again.

“It’s a new group; we’ve only been together for a few months. We’re disappointed but we’re not downhearted or downbeat because we looked a good side and dominated possession.”

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10:45am Thu 6 Sep 12

Adrian Williams says...

Maybe we should think about going 4-4-2 away from home Justin - I'd rather pick up a point away than none
Maybe we should think about going 4-4-2 away from home Justin - I'd rather pick up a point away than none Adrian Williams
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3:08pm Thu 6 Sep 12

b3talover says...

I think most people would be very happy with a solid mid-table finish.
I think most people would be very happy with a solid mid-table finish. b3talover
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3:21pm Thu 6 Sep 12

high x boy says...

not after this start.play offs at least.
not after this start.play offs at least. high x boy
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7:08pm Thu 6 Sep 12

larneman says...

Any team who plays just to do well and finish only half way up the league, should'nt be in the league. To play to finish 10th is no ambition at all. Failing to win promotion is what it says. FAILING.Get a grip Manager. you are supposed to motivate the team to win every time they play, not turn up on time and kick the ball about till they lose it.
Any team who plays just to do well and finish only half way up the league, should'nt be in the league. To play to finish 10th is no ambition at all. Failing to win promotion is what it says. FAILING.Get a grip Manager. you are supposed to motivate the team to win every time they play, not turn up on time and kick the ball about till they lose it. larneman
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10:10am Fri 7 Sep 12

LSB Bee says...

Bit harsh laneman. He obviosly has to dampen down the high and perhaps unrealistic expectations from some ill-informed sources that they are gonna run away with the league. But take your point and I wonder really if JE must be targetting a play-off place with the squad he has, the support of the fans and the start they have made
Bit harsh laneman. He obviosly has to dampen down the high and perhaps unrealistic expectations from some ill-informed sources that they are gonna run away with the league. But take your point and I wonder really if JE must be targetting a play-off place with the squad he has, the support of the fans and the start they have made LSB Bee
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5:58pm Fri 7 Sep 12

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

We're still a bit short of a promotion team and JE knows it, that's why he's talking it down.
If we're in touch at Xmas, then with a few players in - who knows?
We're still a bit short of a promotion team and JE knows it, that's why he's talking it down. If we're in touch at Xmas, then with a few players in - who knows? lowandhardandinthecorner
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