Manager laid into players after defeat, says Lee Minshull

South Wales Argus: DISAPPOINTED: Newport County midfielder Lee Minshull, centre DISAPPOINTED: Newport County midfielder Lee Minshull, centre

MIDFIELDER Lee Minshull revealed that Newport County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh ripped into the players after Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat to AFC Wimbledon, writes Andrew Penman.

It was the Exiles’ second successive defeat at Rodney Parade following Cheltenham Town’s 1-0 win on Saturday.

And Minshull said Edinburgh was disappointed by the manner of the loss after the Dons struck twice in the final six minutes to seal all three points.

“The manager said we’d let him down, let ourselves down and everyone in the ground as well,” admitted Minshull.

“Since I’ve been here the only way has been up but you’re going to have periods where you don’t win games.

“We’ve just got to all stick together and work hard this week.

“We’ll continue to work hard and hopefully the results will come.”

One crumb of comfort with automatic promotion contenders Scunthorpe United and Fleetwood Town to come to Rodney Parade on Saturday and Tuesday respectively is County’s record against the top teams.

The win over Oxford United last week was the latest example of Edinburgh’s men raising their game against the top sides.

“We’re hoping that is the case again against Scunthorpe on Saturday,” said Minshull.

“We know they’re a good side but we got a good point up there and hopefully we can get the right result.

“With some tough games coming up it would have been nice to put some points on the board,” he added.

“It’s strange; we keep looking at the table and not really going anywhere but the last two games are games you look at and you want to win but we haven’t covered ourselves in any glory.”

It was not the result that Minshull and fellow ex-Dons Max Porter, Ismail Yakubu and Christian Jolley wanted against their former club.

“We’re all really down and disappointed with the end of that game,” he said.

“I thought they’d had a few chances and that was going to be that but we’ve really got to be seeing games out like that and obviously everyone is disappointed.

“We should have taken advantage of the own goal and seen the game out.

“Once they equalise the minimum you want to be walking away with is a point.

“It was against my old club as well but whatever team we would have lost against in that manner I would have been disappointed.”

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11:57am Thu 27 Feb 14

NakedDancer says...

Lets not fool ourselves - good points against Oxford but it was touch and go. Like many away teams Oxford set up to defend and County played well in the first half, creating a few chances. County created little in the second half but a free kick by Burge gave county the lead. Oxford then came out to play and dominated the second half but thankfully gifted County the winning goal with a defensive comedy mistake. Dire performance against Cheltenham and worse against Wimbledon - both poor teams. County need a massive uplift in performance against Scunthorpe and Fleetwood.
Lets not fool ourselves - good points against Oxford but it was touch and go. Like many away teams Oxford set up to defend and County played well in the first half, creating a few chances. County created little in the second half but a free kick by Burge gave county the lead. Oxford then came out to play and dominated the second half but thankfully gifted County the winning goal with a defensive comedy mistake. Dire performance against Cheltenham and worse against Wimbledon - both poor teams. County need a massive uplift in performance against Scunthorpe and Fleetwood. NakedDancer
  • Score: -1

12:28pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Adrian Williams says...

We've been spoiled as County fans for the last 4 years - it's been an upwards curve for the most part. At some stage, the reality of football is that you'll hit a sticky patch (especially when you've just gone up a division). The only way to get through that is by sticking together - fans, players and manager alike. Our number one priority this year was to stay in the division - we've exceeded expectations so far and if we stay in the division then it's mission accomplished as far as I'm concerned. CTWD (not just when we win)
We've been spoiled as County fans for the last 4 years - it's been an upwards curve for the most part. At some stage, the reality of football is that you'll hit a sticky patch (especially when you've just gone up a division). The only way to get through that is by sticking together - fans, players and manager alike. Our number one priority this year was to stay in the division - we've exceeded expectations so far and if we stay in the division then it's mission accomplished as far as I'm concerned. CTWD (not just when we win) Adrian Williams
  • Score: 5

4:09pm Thu 27 Feb 14

NakedDancer says...

Agreed Adrian, whatever happens from here its been a successful season. The players and Manager have proved they are capable of a lot more than they have showed since Xmas though. Lets hope they get it back together for the remainder of the season.
Agreed Adrian, whatever happens from here its been a successful season. The players and Manager have proved they are capable of a lot more than they have showed since Xmas though. Lets hope they get it back together for the remainder of the season. NakedDancer
  • Score: 2

8:58pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

In the last two matches versus Cheltenham and Wimbledon (16th & 17th in the table) County managed 1 shot on target and that was a direct free lick by Chapman that the Wimbledon keeper comfortably tipped over the bar. None at all against Cheltenham !

5 points from the last 27. 17 goals conceded in the last 9 games. Lost 6, drawn 2, won 1. What on earth has happened ?.
In the last two matches versus Cheltenham and Wimbledon (16th & 17th in the table) County managed 1 shot on target and that was a direct free lick by Chapman that the Wimbledon keeper comfortably tipped over the bar. None at all against Cheltenham ! 5 points from the last 27. 17 goals conceded in the last 9 games. Lost 6, drawn 2, won 1. What on earth has happened ?. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 1

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