Defenders in the balance as Exiles to sign Byron Anthony

NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh admits it’s time to shake things up at the back as the Exiles’ defensive woes continued at Alfreton.

Though the Conference table-toppers can make a claim to being the most entertaining and unpredictable side in the country at the moment – 30 goals in their last five games, 15 for, 15 against – Edinburgh was rightly angry as his side slipped to a 4-3 reverse at the Impact Arena.

The boss has made clear his desire to sign Byron Anthony this week and has admitted his defensive players are all under particular scrutiny following the damaging defeat.

“Our defending wasn’t good enough, it hasn’t been for weeks,” he said.

“We’ve conceded two very sloppy goals and the way we started the game made it very difficult for us.

“We are making individual errors, I can’t coach individual errors, but of course we’ll work hard on the training pitch, but we might have to start looking at changing the personnel.

“I don’t mean with new players, we’ve got good players at the club who can change the team and it’s something I am certainly considering. On Friday we weren’t disciplined enough in our own box and we weren’t clinical enough in Alfreton’s.”

On the signing of ex-Bristol Rovers man Anthony, a Newport boy, Edinburgh was positive.

“Byron is a good player, he’s trained with us, impressed me and we’ll sit down and talk with him this week and hope to have him in place for Hyde on Saturday,” he told the Argus.

However, as much as he was aggrieved by his players, Edinburgh was also angry with the officiating, believing Alfreton’s opener to be offside and their penalty for the third goal wrongly allowed for a foul outside the area. “The decisions are major and have influenced the outcome of the game, that can’t be disputed,” he said.

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11:47am Mon 12 Nov 12

Adrian Williams says...

Pleased to see Antony is going to signed. I feel we could also do with a utility defender that could cover both full back positions
Pleased to see Antony is going to signed. I feel we could also do with a utility defender that could cover both full back positions Adrian Williams
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3:17pm Mon 12 Nov 12

RSATaffy says...

A clean sheet on Saturday would be nice!
A clean sheet on Saturday would be nice! RSATaffy
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4:09pm Mon 12 Nov 12

larneman says...

RSATAFFY> Your wish is my command. I shall pray for a clean sheet on saturday but don't hold your breath.UP THE COUNTY. by the way its still bl..dy freezing here. (alright for some in S.A.)
RSATAFFY> Your wish is my command. I shall pray for a clean sheet on saturday but don't hold your breath.UP THE COUNTY. by the way its still bl..dy freezing here. (alright for some in S.A.) larneman
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4:50pm Mon 12 Nov 12

mep says...

That was a shocker on Friday, no good the manager complaining about lack of support, when the last 4 out of 5 performances have been dire.
That was a shocker on Friday, no good the manager complaining about lack of support, when the last 4 out of 5 performances have been dire. mep
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5:18pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Nptsportsfan says...

I don't think its unreasonable for a manager to expect more than 1800 to turn up to watch a side that is top of the league.
I don't think its unreasonable for a manager to expect more than 1800 to turn up to watch a side that is top of the league. Nptsportsfan
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5:46pm Mon 12 Nov 12

netala says...

don`t kid yourself J.E. if we had players good enough, they would have been in the side by now. we need expierienced defenders, not a youngster with only one foot. i agree with adrian williams, a utility defender would be an asset.
don`t kid yourself J.E. if we had players good enough, they would have been in the side by now. we need expierienced defenders, not a youngster with only one foot. i agree with adrian williams, a utility defender would be an asset. netala
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6:20pm Mon 12 Nov 12

COUNTYVOICE says...

FINALLY

justin recognises he has a defensive problem, and they havent been playing well last 5 games.

maybe now he ll do something about it before its too late, take control and stop relying on other teams losing .

MARKP1667 THE HOME OF THE XMAS BARGAIN (EBAY)
FINALLY justin recognises he has a defensive problem, and they havent been playing well last 5 games. maybe now he ll do something about it before its too late, take control and stop relying on other teams losing . MARKP1667 THE HOME OF THE XMAS BARGAIN (EBAY) COUNTYVOICE
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