Edinburgh pleased with improved Exiles

NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh felt his side had merited three points after fighting back to draw with Welsh rivals Wrexham.

The visiting Dragons now top the Conference on goals scored from Grimsby with County a point behind in third with a game in hand after Max Porter's second half strike cancelled out Danny Wright's opener.

Wrexham's goal came against the run of play in the first half and despite hitting the post late on, it was Newport who missed a host of chances.

Andy Sandell's first half penalty was saved, Aaron O'Connor was denied three times by the goalkeeper, Danny Crow missed a late sitter and Mike Flynn's injury time header cannoned back off the crossbar.

However, it was still a pleasing night for the Exiles who bounced back from their 5-0 thumping at home to Forest Green Rovers in front of a bumper crowd of 3,627.

"From where we were on Tuesday coming off the pitch after that result (losing 5-0) to where we are tonight, everyone will leave knowing Tuesday was a blip," Edinburgh said.

"We made a statement, I felt it was a fantastic advert for the league with two teams who deserved to be where they are in the division.

"The only disappointment is in not winning the game. We came into it having a point to prove to ourselves and we did that. We had good shape, we looked a threat, Aaron (O'Connor) was outstanding.

"Taking aside a goal I felt we could've prevented we were very, very good."

The manager was thrilled with the attendance and atmosphere it generated.

"People could've been disappointed by the last result and stayed away but again our loyal fans have turned out in good numbers and leave here pleased and positive which is great."

Edinburgh hailed the performance of Flynn whose late header could've won it for County.

"I think Flynny is starting to show why I was desperate to bring him back to the club in the summer, he had no pre-season but in the last few games I've felt our midfield three have been as good as I've seen in this division," he said. "He is a big influence on and off the pitch."

Edinburgh revealed he is hopeful of doing significant transfer business in the next few days.

Two issues unresolved after the Wrexham clash will be addressed at haste with Michael Smith's loan from Charlton now at an end and Ismail Yakubu suffering what could be a serious hamstring injury.

He said: "With Ismail's injury we will press on trying to sign a centre half, we want to do that, we are hopeful of signing two strikers and we will talk to Charlton this weekend about Michael Smith.

"We've got some work to do over the weekend, we are in dialogue with Charlton but it again comes down to that situation with a loan player where it causes you problems because you can't dictate (what happens) but we will speak with Charlton and Michael over the weekend and would look to extend that agreement."

Wrexham boss Andy Morrell credited Newport for bouncing back from their humiliation at the hands of Forest Green but felt his side could've claimed victory.

"We planned to defend and catch Newport on the break and our goal was ideal to that plan," he said.

"We knew Newport would come back strong but we defended well, threw bodies on the line and it was from that with a deflection that they equalised.

"But I would say we might've been able to nick it having hit the post even though a draw was probably fair."

Morrell also praised County's attacking play.

"Aaron O'Connor was very good, sharp, lively, I like him as a player and that's why he's scored so many goals this year," he said.

"They have threats all over the pitch, they have good quality from set pieces and we have too and I think we'll take a point in the end.

"No one wins the league in January, it's nice to go top but we've seen why both teams are where they are doing well."

Morrell enjoys the rivalry with a Welsh counterpart.

"You've seen how much it means to both sets of fans and players, it means a lot to Newport and to us because we want to do them and they want to do us and it's great for Welsh football to have that rivalry," he explained.

"You've got Swansea and Cardiff both going really well and both teams in the Conference going really well and that's great for Welsh football."

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7:23am Sat 5 Jan 13

county1 says...

what a game,you will not see better football than this great night out.draw was a fair result i the end.
what a game,you will not see better football than this great night out.draw was a fair result i the end. county1
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10:29am Sat 5 Jan 13

county mad says...

Thrilling edge of the seat thank you we are on the way back.UP THE COUNTY
Thrilling edge of the seat thank you we are on the way back.UP THE COUNTY county mad
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2:47pm Sat 5 Jan 13

RGk147 says...

I didn't go last night having travelled two and a half hours each way to watch the Forest Green debacle. Perhaps I should have, good performance by the lads, we should have won, however the are two areas that concern me about the team that Justin has to sort out, two of our players going for the same ariel ball,this must of happened on a dozen occasions, and the ball always fell to the opposition that put us in trouble. The other is we were nowhere to the knockdown ball, probably because our passing in the first half and the first part of the second was hit and hope ariel balls!
But a great response after Tuesday, will be there at Lincoln !
I didn't go last night having travelled two and a half hours each way to watch the Forest Green debacle. Perhaps I should have, good performance by the lads, we should have won, however the are two areas that concern me about the team that Justin has to sort out, two of our players going for the same ariel ball,this must of happened on a dozen occasions, and the ball always fell to the opposition that put us in trouble. The other is we were nowhere to the knockdown ball, probably because our passing in the first half and the first part of the second was hit and hope ariel balls! But a great response after Tuesday, will be there at Lincoln ! RGk147
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3:38pm Sat 5 Jan 13

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Marvellous game, don't listen to Morrell, County deserved the win tonight, unlucky.
Marvellous game, don't listen to Morrell, County deserved the win tonight, unlucky. lowandhardandinthecorner
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4:55pm Sat 5 Jan 13

COUNTYVOICE says...

STATUS QUO GUYS

well done hereford sterling draw at grimspy.

game in hand and within 2 points of top, the futures bright the future is orange (or amber)
STATUS QUO GUYS well done hereford sterling draw at grimspy. game in hand and within 2 points of top, the futures bright the future is orange (or amber) COUNTYVOICE
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6:24pm Sat 5 Jan 13

exilemike says...

A couple of good signings in the right places and we have a great chance to get promotion.Need to sort out the defensive frailities-especiall
y somewhat suspect goalkeeper-so they supplement our attacking capabilities not hinder them.
A couple of good signings in the right places and we have a great chance to get promotion.Need to sort out the defensive frailities-especiall y somewhat suspect goalkeeper-so they supplement our attacking capabilities not hinder them. exilemike
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6:55pm Sat 5 Jan 13

COUNTYVOICE says...

well done macclesfield great result over cardiff.

will cardiff now suffer the same YATEGATE as county did?

similar sort of shock win.
well done macclesfield great result over cardiff. will cardiff now suffer the same YATEGATE as county did? similar sort of shock win. COUNTYVOICE
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8:14pm Sat 5 Jan 13

NakedDancer says...

Seven points from 4 hard games over xmas a solid performance. Need to capitalise now with matches against lower teams coming up. Support the County!
Seven points from 4 hard games over xmas a solid performance. Need to capitalise now with matches against lower teams coming up. Support the County! NakedDancer
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9:05am Sun 6 Jan 13

ohc says...

I always like to think of an appropriate song lyric for situations. For this, "Slip, slip, slipping away" comes to mind
I always like to think of an appropriate song lyric for situations. For this, "Slip, slip, slipping away" comes to mind ohc
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12:36pm Sun 6 Jan 13

COUNTYVOICE says...

shame on cardiff for treating the FA CUP like the league cup and fielding a second string team.

very disrespectful of the great cup competition.

they deserved to be slayed by david (macclesfield)
shame on cardiff for treating the FA CUP like the league cup and fielding a second string team. very disrespectful of the great cup competition. they deserved to be slayed by david (macclesfield) COUNTYVOICE
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12:58pm Sun 6 Jan 13

jiffygeorge says...

Great response after Forest Green but how many times in recent seasons have we missed penalties. Should be shoe-ins but continue to cost us,
Great response after Forest Green but how many times in recent seasons have we missed penalties. Should be shoe-ins but continue to cost us, jiffygeorge
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2:56pm Sun 6 Jan 13

dereksboy says...

I know it's only 5th division but would expect a higher standard of football from two of he top teams. Why do they insist on just thumping it up field and hoping for the best. P S County still should of won!
I know it's only 5th division but would expect a higher standard of football from two of he top teams. Why do they insist on just thumping it up field and hoping for the best. P S County still should of won! dereksboy
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