Edinburgh demands Exiles reaction

chance to shine? Danny Crow is hoping to replace injured top scorer Aaron O’Connor tomorrow evening

chance to shine? Danny Crow is hoping to replace injured top scorer Aaron O’Connor tomorrow evening

First published in Newport County South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh has challenged his team to respond in a big way against Braintree after a hugely disappointing week for the Rodney Parade outfit.

Edinburgh wants a positive result and performance tomorrow night following last Saturday’s defeat to lowly Barrow and the last-minute postponement of their trip to Woking.

The Exiles risk losing further ground on top spot if they produce a below-par performance and Edinburgh, who remains keen to add to his squad, has laid down the gauntlet.

“The fans want better, they expect better and I do too, the players have been told in no uncertain terms that they need to bounce back and we had hoped to do that at Woking,” he said.

“We need to get back to the level we know we are capable of and I’m talking the form and the run we showed in August, September and October.

“The players still have the quality, I have full belief in them and we want a response.”

The Exiles are without Conference top scorer Aaron O’Connor, who has a torn thigh and is likely to miss around a month of action.

The battle to replace the former Luton striker appears a straight fight between Danny Crow and Conor Washington, the latter understood to have caught the eye of the manager in recent weeks during training games, including a 3-2 win over a strong Swindon Town reserve side.

Despite O’Connor’s absence there is good news for County with influential midfielder Max Porter likely to return from injury, having taken part in recent fitness sessions with his team-mates.

Ominously for the Exiles, 2-1 winners in Essex in the reverse fixture, Braintree visit Rodney Parade as yet another side with a better away than home record.

The Iron, managed by former England international Alan Devonshire, have won six games on the road this season including a 4-2 triumph at Nuneaton on Saturday, compared to just four victories at home.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh continues to try to improve his squad ahead of the end of the transfer window at 11pm on Thursday, January 31.

The manager wants at least one defender between now and Thursday and watched title rivals Grimsby draw 0-0 at Cambridge United at the weekend on a scouting mission.

l County’s televised away game at Luton on Friday, February 15, will have to be rearranged because of the Hatters’ FA Cup heroics.

Luton will now be in round five action after stunning Norwich on Saturday.

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10:46am Mon 28 Jan 13

cambridge4x4 says...

Good to see the County advert alongside this article for the Wrexham game nearly 4 weeks ago.
Hope the players are better prepared than the front office crew !!---hope they know who the next opponents are .
Last one out turn the lights off in the Admin Office .
Good to see the County advert alongside this article for the Wrexham game nearly 4 weeks ago. Hope the players are better prepared than the front office crew !!---hope they know who the next opponents are . Last one out turn the lights off in the Admin Office . cambridge4x4
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12:26pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Meldrew@NewportMon says...

The Wrexham match advertisement appearing on the computer is probably related to the cookies on your computer. -- hence SWA able to place ads pertaining to your interests on your own PC. You should delete cookies
The Wrexham match advertisement appearing on the computer is probably related to the cookies on your computer. -- hence SWA able to place ads pertaining to your interests on your own PC. You should delete cookies Meldrew@NewportMon
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12:30pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Clever Trevor says...

“We need to get back to the level we know we are capable of and I’m talking the form and the run we showed in August, September and October.

Great,could we have the August,September & October pitch back as well !
“We need to get back to the level we know we are capable of and I’m talking the form and the run we showed in August, September and October. Great,could we have the August,September & October pitch back as well ! Clever Trevor
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2:37pm Mon 28 Jan 13

llandaff says...

Meldrew@NewportMon wrote:
The Wrexham match advertisement appearing on the computer is probably related to the cookies on your computer. -- hence SWA able to place ads pertaining to your interests on your own PC. You should delete cookies
I always delete my cookies yet I too have the advert for the Wrexham game on 4th January and the Barrow game on 19th January. Today is the 28th.
Cookie anyone?
[quote][p][bold]Meldrew@NewportMon[/bold] wrote: The Wrexham match advertisement appearing on the computer is probably related to the cookies on your computer. -- hence SWA able to place ads pertaining to your interests on your own PC. You should delete cookies[/p][/quote]I always delete my cookies yet I too have the advert for the Wrexham game on 4th January and the Barrow game on 19th January. Today is the 28th. Cookie anyone? llandaff
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