County too strong for West Ham United

County too strong for West Ham United

County too strong for West Ham United

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NEWPORT County’s impressive pre-season was capped today with the Exiles completing an unbeaten summer period with a 3-0 win at a West Ham United development side.

County will be relishing the real action getting underway next weekend when Wycombe visit Rodney Parade after they proved too strong for a Hammers side that included £5 million striker Modigo Maiga.

Manager Justin Edinburgh chopped and changed his side following the excellent wins over Carl Zeiss Jena and Coventry City at Spytty Park and only left back Andrew Hughes played 90 minutes, the rest of the team switched at the interval.

However, the Exiles were the dominant force throughout, taking the lead in the first period on 28 minutes when summer signing Yan Klukowski swooped home to score with a header after Hughes and Joe Parker combined to create the opportunity.

Edinburgh then had a first opportunity to look at trialist goalkeeper Simon Thomas as he was introduced with ten others at the break and he’ll be content to have maintained the clean sheet.

The County second half XI was perhaps closer to the one that will start the campaign and that told as Newport powered on, Chris Zebroski doubling the advantage before turning provider for Rene Howe, who added yet another goal to what has been an eye-catching period for him.

The Exiles finished the stronger side and Howe, Aaron O’Connor and Lee Minshull all spurned opportunities to make it 4-0.

Byron Anthony came through 45 minutes unscathed as he continues to step up his rehabilitation to earn a contract for the coming season.

County first half: Pidgeley, Willmott, Hughes, Jones, Feely, Klukowski, Flynn, Chapman, Parker, Jolley, Jeffers County second half: Thomas, Jackson, Hughes, Yakubu, Anthony, Patten, Byrne, Minshull, Howe, Zebroski, O’Connor

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8:41pm Sat 2 Aug 14

larneman says...

Have to say that's pretty impressive. Won all friendlies including some big sides. Roll on next Saturday, looking forward to listening to big Tims commentary.
Have to say that's pretty impressive. Won all friendlies including some big sides. Roll on next Saturday, looking forward to listening to big Tims commentary. larneman
  • Score: 7

10:01pm Sat 2 Aug 14

JimMachen says...

With a couple of sixteen year olds in the West Ham Development Squad and apparently some of their U18s too, I am not too sure that we should set too much store in this result.

The CZJ and Coventry results were much more impressive in my view.

Sadly they were the only two pre-season games which looked likely to test our squad. I would have liked to have seen at least a couple more matches against teams from a higher level.

Perhaps they were all afraid to play us.
With a couple of sixteen year olds in the West Ham Development Squad and apparently some of their U18s too, I am not too sure that we should set too much store in this result. The CZJ and Coventry results were much more impressive in my view. Sadly they were the only two pre-season games which looked likely to test our squad. I would have liked to have seen at least a couple more matches against teams from a higher level. Perhaps they were all afraid to play us. JimMachen
  • Score: 1

10:09pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Sheep'n'wellies says...

JimMachen wrote:
With a couple of sixteen year olds in the West Ham Development Squad and apparently some of their U18s too, I am not too sure that we should set too much store in this result.

The CZJ and Coventry results were much more impressive in my view.

Sadly they were the only two pre-season games which looked likely to test our squad. I would have liked to have seen at least a couple more matches against teams from a higher level.

Perhaps they were all afraid to play us.
Forgot to mention the 5 million pound striker which is probably worth more than the county and Rodney parade combined(you could probably put the dragons in aswel) so I'm pretty optimistic about the season ahead
[quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: With a couple of sixteen year olds in the West Ham Development Squad and apparently some of their U18s too, I am not too sure that we should set too much store in this result. The CZJ and Coventry results were much more impressive in my view. Sadly they were the only two pre-season games which looked likely to test our squad. I would have liked to have seen at least a couple more matches against teams from a higher level. Perhaps they were all afraid to play us.[/p][/quote]Forgot to mention the 5 million pound striker which is probably worth more than the county and Rodney parade combined(you could probably put the dragons in aswel) so I'm pretty optimistic about the season ahead Sheep'n'wellies
  • Score: 9

11:29pm Sat 2 Aug 14

JimMachen says...

Sheep'n'wellies wrote:
JimMachen wrote:
With a couple of sixteen year olds in the West Ham Development Squad and apparently some of their U18s too, I am not too sure that we should set too much store in this result.

The CZJ and Coventry results were much more impressive in my view.

Sadly they were the only two pre-season games which looked likely to test our squad. I would have liked to have seen at least a couple more matches against teams from a higher level.

Perhaps they were all afraid to play us.
Forgot to mention the 5 million pound striker which is probably worth more than the county and Rodney parade combined(you could probably put the dragons in aswel) so I'm pretty optimistic about the season ahead
I didn't forget him at all, but there is only so much ground a single player can cover before he gets knackered.

That is possibly why he was taken off fifteen minutes before the end.

From the WHU match report.

"With as many as eight Under-21 regulars on first-team duty in Germany, coach Nick Haycock fielded a number of U16s and U18s in an unfamiliar looking line-up."

But regarding Maiga, let's not forget that this striker scored just three league goals in thirty one league appearances for WHU, having joined them after failing a medical at Newcastle, before joining QPR on loan at the end of January last season and making just eight appearances in the final three months of the season scoring a solitary goal.

Why wasn't he in Germany with the first team when "as many as eight Under-21 regulars" did make the trip?

I agree with you assessment of the relative value though.
[quote][p][bold]Sheep'n'wellies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: With a couple of sixteen year olds in the West Ham Development Squad and apparently some of their U18s too, I am not too sure that we should set too much store in this result. The CZJ and Coventry results were much more impressive in my view. Sadly they were the only two pre-season games which looked likely to test our squad. I would have liked to have seen at least a couple more matches against teams from a higher level. Perhaps they were all afraid to play us.[/p][/quote]Forgot to mention the 5 million pound striker which is probably worth more than the county and Rodney parade combined(you could probably put the dragons in aswel) so I'm pretty optimistic about the season ahead[/p][/quote]I didn't forget him at all, but there is only so much ground a single player can cover before he gets knackered. That is possibly why he was taken off fifteen minutes before the end. From the WHU match report. "With as many as eight Under-21 regulars on first-team duty in Germany, coach Nick Haycock fielded a number of U16s and U18s in an unfamiliar looking line-up." But regarding Maiga, let's not forget that this striker scored just three league goals in thirty one league appearances for WHU, having joined them after failing a medical at Newcastle, before joining QPR on loan at the end of January last season and making just eight appearances in the final three months of the season scoring a solitary goal. Why wasn't he in Germany with the first team when "as many as eight Under-21 regulars" did make the trip? I agree with you assessment of the relative value though. JimMachen
  • Score: -1

10:53am Sun 3 Aug 14

Pianoman42 says...

Better to have won all the friendlies, bar one, than to have lost them, regardless of the opposition.

Does wonders for the team spirit.

Let's hope for a great season.

Up the County!
Better to have won all the friendlies, bar one, than to have lost them, regardless of the opposition. Does wonders for the team spirit. Let's hope for a great season. Up the County! Pianoman42
  • Score: 5

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