System could change again if it is required, says boss Edinbugrh
NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh insists it’ll be horses for courses in terms of which system he uses for the remainder of this campaign.
The former Tottenham defender has switched to 5-3-2 from 4-3-3 in the past two games and his side has responded with back-to-back victories, conceding just once.
However, County fans should not expect to see nothing else until the end of the campaign with Edin-burgh ready to ring the changes if need be.
“We’ve used the three central defenders system on two very heavy pitches to firm everything up and it’s worked for us,” he said.
“But it’s not something we’re committed to or now considering ‘our’ way of playing.
“On a better pitch it might not work so well for us.”
Edinburgh is expecting the visitors – bottom of the Conference – to pose plenty of threat.
“They have a new manager (Mark Cooper) and are scrapping for their lives so they have nothing to lose and will probably sit and make it a frustrating afternoon for us – we expect that,” he said.
“But it’s what we do that counts most, we need to take the game to them and start brightly.
“We know from the past that teams down at that end of the table have come here and we have not performed or got the result we were looking for and we must put that right.
“Games in-hand are only as good as the points you collect.
“There is a long way to go and changes to the top five will happen on a weekly basis, we have to take care of our business and if we do that the rest will fall into place.
“We need to play as well as we have over the last two games and I will be happy. Play anything less than that and we will come a cropper, which at this stage of the season we can’t allow to happen.
“I can’t affect what the rest of the top five do from here on in, all I can do is affect the side that I’m in charge of, we all know what we have to do and until that whistle goes on Saturday we will prepare the best we can.”
The Exiles are likely to name former Plymouth striker Rhys Griffiths on the bench today with a chance for him to make his County debut a full five years after they first tried to sign him.