We'll be glad to get away from pitch problems, says Max Porter

South Wales Argus: ON THE ROAD: Max Porter is keen to get away from the Rodney Parade pitch problems ON THE ROAD: Max Porter is keen to get away from the Rodney Parade pitch problems

NEWPORT County AFC midfielder Max Porter says the players are looking forward to playing away from home and getting away from the awful Rodney Parade playing surface.

The 0-0 draw with Fleetwood Town on Tuesday saw County complete a run of five home matches in a fortnight.

And with just five points picked up on the sand-covered pitch, Porter and teammates are relishing the prospect of playing on a decent surface at Mansfield Town on Saturday and Morecambe next Tuesday.

“The fans are great at home but I think we’re looking forward to playing away on a less heavy pitch,” said Porter.

“Hopefully it’ll be a more even surface and we’ll be able to play a bit of football.

“I think with our chances it was probably two points dropped on Tuesday. We’re a bit disappointed but again the pitch didn’t help.

“Rene (Howe) had a great chance that jumped up off the sandcastle and hit is knee but we put on a good performance and kept a clean sheet.

“The games are coming thick and fast and if we can get a win on Saturday then these two draws look like good results.

“That would be five points from three games and hopefully we’ll be looking up the table.

“We’ve got another seven games this month so we should know more about where we’re going to finish by the end of March.”

Exiles boss Justin Edinburgh went even further than Porter and claimed that the pitch cost his side a win against Fleetwood.

“The pitch cost us the game, it's as simple as that,” he said. “On any other pitch that (Howe’s chance) was in the back of the net.

“I’m frustrated. People can criticise my players but we’ve had to contend with that pitch every other week.

“Other teams come here once and I keep having other managers telling me ‘I don’t know how you do it’ and people need to realise what we’re playing on.”

Porter hopes to be fit for Saturday after being replaced on Tuesday but he accepts that he may have to be rested at some point after a long period out with a persistent groin injury.

“I got a bit of a niggle on my thigh, just as a consequence of the pitch being so heavy and playing three games in a week,” said Porter.

“Hopefully I’ll be alright for the weekend because I just want to keep playing.

“I’m delighted to be back and hopefully having an influence on the team but I know I won’t be able to play every game because we’ve got a great squad now and a lot of matches.”

Meanwhile former County defender Billy Jones has joined Tim Harris, who left his role as director of football at Rodney Parade last week, at Gloucester City.

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11:40am Thu 6 Mar 14

NakedDancer says...

There's plenty of poor pitches in League2 at this time of year - especially after the worst rain in 100 years. If any team has a poor pitch the visiting teams would claim the home team have an advantage playing on it every week. Hopefully there will be some better weather in March and the ground staff can take the sand off.
There's plenty of poor pitches in League2 at this time of year - especially after the worst rain in 100 years. If any team has a poor pitch the visiting teams would claim the home team have an advantage playing on it every week. Hopefully there will be some better weather in March and the ground staff can take the sand off. NakedDancer
  • Score: 4

12:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Oddjob says...

Their away form is poor so they they were looking forwards to playing at home after an enforced run of games on the road. They've now had a very poor run at home and will now be glad to get away from Rodney Parade and it's pitch problems! Hmmmmm. Sounds like a poor team clutching at straws! The relegation zone isn't that much further away than the play-off zone and the early season form that the County had and the points collected in those games should see them through to safety this season. A better team will be required for the rigours of league two next season!
Their away form is poor so they they were looking forwards to playing at home after an enforced run of games on the road. They've now had a very poor run at home and will now be glad to get away from Rodney Parade and it's pitch problems! Hmmmmm. Sounds like a poor team clutching at straws! The relegation zone isn't that much further away than the play-off zone and the early season form that the County had and the points collected in those games should see them through to safety this season. A better team will be required for the rigours of league two next season! Oddjob
  • Score: 2

1:56pm Thu 6 Mar 14

newport2012 says...

Oddjob wrote:
Their away form is poor so they they were looking forwards to playing at home after an enforced run of games on the road. They've now had a very poor run at home and will now be glad to get away from Rodney Parade and it's pitch problems! Hmmmmm. Sounds like a poor team clutching at straws! The relegation zone isn't that much further away than the play-off zone and the early season form that the County had and the points collected in those games should see them through to safety this season. A better team will be required for the rigours of league two next season!
absolutely spot on!! Players and management now using pitch as an excuse at every opportunity !! give players an easy way out and they will take it every time!! it must have been the pitches fault that porter went hiding and not looking for ball on a number of occassions on tues leading the defence to pump the ball aimlessly up in the air or over the stands..
[quote][p][bold]Oddjob[/bold] wrote: Their away form is poor so they they were looking forwards to playing at home after an enforced run of games on the road. They've now had a very poor run at home and will now be glad to get away from Rodney Parade and it's pitch problems! Hmmmmm. Sounds like a poor team clutching at straws! The relegation zone isn't that much further away than the play-off zone and the early season form that the County had and the points collected in those games should see them through to safety this season. A better team will be required for the rigours of league two next season![/p][/quote]absolutely spot on!! Players and management now using pitch as an excuse at every opportunity !! give players an easy way out and they will take it every time!! it must have been the pitches fault that porter went hiding and not looking for ball on a number of occassions on tues leading the defence to pump the ball aimlessly up in the air or over the stands.. newport2012
  • Score: 4

2:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

TABBY says...

A bad workman always blames his tools
A bad workman always blames his tools TABBY
  • Score: 1

4:00pm Thu 6 Mar 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

Northampton, Cheltenham, and Wimbledon have all won on it in recent weeks so the pitch can't be all that crappy. I say again, if away teams can cope with it ... why can't you.
Northampton, Cheltenham, and Wimbledon have all won on it in recent weeks so the pitch can't be all that crappy. I say again, if away teams can cope with it ... why can't you. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 5

5:29pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

All the above comments are spot on,
Before the 5 game home run we were told we can work the pitch to our advantage.
5 games later and 5 points only lets blame the pitch.
Not the lack of a decent goal scorer or the fact that every thing gets hoofed anywhere as long as it not in our half.
Here's hoping I get proved wrong and we get 3 point on Saturday due to a better surface!!
All the above comments are spot on, Before the 5 game home run we were told we can work the pitch to our advantage. 5 games later and 5 points only lets blame the pitch. Not the lack of a decent goal scorer or the fact that every thing gets hoofed anywhere as long as it not in our half. Here's hoping I get proved wrong and we get 3 point on Saturday due to a better surface!! Harps62
  • Score: 2

5:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Forgot to mention letting Billy Jones go was a bad decision as he played well when he got his few chances.
Tim Harris ain't daft that's why he signed him up straight away albeit at a much lower level
Forgot to mention letting Billy Jones go was a bad decision as he played well when he got his few chances. Tim Harris ain't daft that's why he signed him up straight away albeit at a much lower level Harps62
  • Score: 1

7:05pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

With no pitch issue to upset our clearly superior skills, Mansfield must be a nailed on cert.!
With no pitch issue to upset our clearly superior skills, Mansfield must be a nailed on cert.! Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 1

7:10pm Thu 6 Mar 14

jiffygeorge says...

How many goals have our strikers got this season? The answer tells you all you need to know regarding why we're not already well on the way to Division One.
How many goals have our strikers got this season? The answer tells you all you need to know regarding why we're not already well on the way to Division One. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 0

8:30pm Thu 6 Mar 14

fedupjon says...

The pitch may be a problem but it didnt prevent average teams beating them.Also the County are not great away from home on far superior playing surfaces.
The stats dont lie so when the team regularly has 12 or more shots at goal, why can they only hit the target once per game.l think the manager should spend more time shooting practice.
The pitch may be a problem but it didnt prevent average teams beating them.Also the County are not great away from home on far superior playing surfaces. The stats dont lie so when the team regularly has 12 or more shots at goal, why can they only hit the target once per game.l think the manager should spend more time shooting practice. fedupjon
  • Score: 0

8:19am Fri 7 Mar 14

county mad says...

To all the above comments get back under your stones trolls!!!!
UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!
To all the above comments get back under your stones trolls!!!! UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! county mad
  • Score: -1

4:26pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

county mad wrote:
To all the above comments get back under your stones trolls!!!!
UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!
Sorry, thats a pretty disrespectful way to address your fellow County supporters. You need to check your definition of troll ie someone who makes statements purely to provoke an argument. The above comments seem like genuine opinions and everyone is entitled to an opinion - especially paying customers, however wrong you may feel they are.

The vast majority of fans are very pleased with JE and the progress so far but that doesn't mean there is no room for improvement.
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: To all the above comments get back under your stones trolls!!!! UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ![/p][/quote]Sorry, thats a pretty disrespectful way to address your fellow County supporters. You need to check your definition of troll ie someone who makes statements purely to provoke an argument. The above comments seem like genuine opinions and everyone is entitled to an opinion - especially paying customers, however wrong you may feel they are. The vast majority of fans are very pleased with JE and the progress so far but that doesn't mean there is no room for improvement. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 1

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