Banned Edinburgh won't stop fighting, but will give players a rest

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WITH Newport County AFC still in the promotion hunt manager Justin Edinburgh will do the unthinkable and give his players some well earned time off!

A fabulous free-kick from substitute Robbie Willmott and an own goal saw County come back from 1-0 down to win at struggling Nuneaton Town yesterday, putting them back up to third in the Conference National.

And with a whole three days before their next match at Cambridge United on Friday, Exiles boss Justin Edinburgh has told his squad to put their feet up.

“We’re giving the players a few days off because they’ve worked so hard of late and to remain unbeaten in the last four games has been fantastic,” said Edinburgh, who was banned from the touchline for yesterday’s match, leaving assistant Jimmy Dack in charge.

“I’m banned for two games for comments I made to the referee after the Tamworth game but I have full belief in Jimmy that he can deal with anything on the sidelines,” he explained.

“We were very disappointing first half. We weren’t brave enough in possession. But we brought Robbie on and changed the system and we fully deserved the win after the second half display.

“We need to win every game and the players know that. If Mansfield win every game then they fully deserve the title but we’ve got to make sure if and when they do slip up we are there to take advantage.

“We’ve come too far to concede the title and we won’t do that. We won’t go down without a fight.”

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12:22pm Tue 2 Apr 13

county mad says...

If anyone told me we would be in this position 12 months ago I would've thought they were nuts! Thank you Justin ! UP THE COUNTY
If anyone told me we would be in this position 12 months ago I would've thought they were nuts! Thank you Justin ! UP THE COUNTY county mad
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3:59pm Tue 2 Apr 13

jetspotter says...

Loved the result but still worried that we relied on goals scored from a free kick and an own goal. When are we going to start scoring from open play situations ? Until we do we are going to keep struggling to get results. I accept that we created pressure to force these situations but we are still not creating nearly enough chances. I know this will not be a popular comment but it remains a fact.
Loved the result but still worried that we relied on goals scored from a free kick and an own goal. When are we going to start scoring from open play situations ? Until we do we are going to keep struggling to get results. I accept that we created pressure to force these situations but we are still not creating nearly enough chances. I know this will not be a popular comment but it remains a fact. jetspotter
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6:43pm Tue 2 Apr 13

larneman says...

jetspotter wrote:
Loved the result but still worried that we relied on goals scored from a free kick and an own goal. When are we going to start scoring from open play situations ? Until we do we are going to keep struggling to get results. I accept that we created pressure to force these situations but we are still not creating nearly enough chances. I know this will not be a popular comment but it remains a fact.
Popular or not, what you say is true. There is nothing wrong with constructive criticism. Its true that our 2-3 main strikers have gone off the boil, maybe through tiredness or some other reason. Whatever it is lets hope they can get that extra bit of oomph that they had at the start of the season back again. With a bit of luck friday will see them shine once more.
[quote][p][bold]jetspotter[/bold] wrote: Loved the result but still worried that we relied on goals scored from a free kick and an own goal. When are we going to start scoring from open play situations ? Until we do we are going to keep struggling to get results. I accept that we created pressure to force these situations but we are still not creating nearly enough chances. I know this will not be a popular comment but it remains a fact.[/p][/quote]Popular or not, what you say is true. There is nothing wrong with constructive criticism. Its true that our 2-3 main strikers have gone off the boil, maybe through tiredness or some other reason. Whatever it is lets hope they can get that extra bit of oomph that they had at the start of the season back again. With a bit of luck friday will see them shine once more. larneman
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7:02pm Tue 2 Apr 13

llandaff says...

jetspotter wrote:
Loved the result but still worried that we relied on goals scored from a free kick and an own goal. When are we going to start scoring from open play situations ? Until we do we are going to keep struggling to get results. I accept that we created pressure to force these situations but we are still not creating nearly enough chances. I know this will not be a popular comment but it remains a fact.
To be honest, I don't care if Pidgeley scores from a goal kick. As long as the ball goes into the opposition's net that's all that matters now. Remember how many times England had to call on Beckham's wonderful free kicks? No-one complained then.
Sometimes when open play doesn't come up with the goods you have to ride your luck as in the Nuneaton game.(Whack it like Wilmott!) I just hope County's good luck stays with them for the last 6 games! What an end to the season this is going to be! Three home games in a row to look forward to next week and the prospect of promotion still in the balance. As it stands we need 7 more points out of 18 to clinch a place in the play-offs!! Great!
[quote][p][bold]jetspotter[/bold] wrote: Loved the result but still worried that we relied on goals scored from a free kick and an own goal. When are we going to start scoring from open play situations ? Until we do we are going to keep struggling to get results. I accept that we created pressure to force these situations but we are still not creating nearly enough chances. I know this will not be a popular comment but it remains a fact.[/p][/quote]To be honest, I don't care if Pidgeley scores from a goal kick. As long as the ball goes into the opposition's net that's all that matters now. Remember how many times England had to call on Beckham's wonderful free kicks? No-one complained then. Sometimes when open play doesn't come up with the goods you have to ride your luck as in the Nuneaton game.(Whack it like Wilmott!) I just hope County's good luck stays with them for the last 6 games! What an end to the season this is going to be! Three home games in a row to look forward to next week and the prospect of promotion still in the balance. As it stands we need 7 more points out of 18 to clinch a place in the play-offs!! Great! llandaff
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8:50pm Tue 2 Apr 13

NakedDancer says...

Still some work to be done - County have only taken 9 points from the last 21. Great attitude from JE though - up the County !
Still some work to be done - County have only taken 9 points from the last 21. Great attitude from JE though - up the County ! NakedDancer
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9:01pm Tue 2 Apr 13

Clever Trevor says...

After reading the match report i was intruiged to see the highlights regarding the nuneaton goal,well ive got to say what game was the argus reporter watching,it was nothing like reported. I know sandell is playing brilliantly,but you can point the finger at him on times,that goal had nothing to do with anyone except sandell holding onto the ball when easier to clear. Read back over your comments and look at the video again,hopeless reporting.so annoying.
After reading the match report i was intruiged to see the highlights regarding the nuneaton goal,well ive got to say what game was the argus reporter watching,it was nothing like reported. I know sandell is playing brilliantly,but you can point the finger at him on times,that goal had nothing to do with anyone except sandell holding onto the ball when easier to clear. Read back over your comments and look at the video again,hopeless reporting.so annoying. Clever Trevor
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11:22pm Tue 2 Apr 13

larneman says...

Have'nt heard from RSATaffy for a while. Poor bugger probably got himself sunburnt while we were playing snowballs. Bet he misses that.
Have'nt heard from RSATaffy for a while. Poor bugger probably got himself sunburnt while we were playing snowballs. Bet he misses that. larneman
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11:57pm Tue 2 Apr 13

maz1maz says...

Stop knocking and keep the faith! See you all at Wembley!
Stop knocking and keep the faith! See you all at Wembley! maz1maz
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12:02am Wed 3 Apr 13

maz1maz says...

I agree a bit of bad form at the wrong time of the season, but still scraping points to keep us up there to get us in the play offs - then on to Wembley again - hopefully to win!
I agree a bit of bad form at the wrong time of the season, but still scraping points to keep us up there to get us in the play offs - then on to Wembley again - hopefully to win! maz1maz
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1:48am Wed 3 Apr 13

COUNTYVOICE says...

there is a fine line between success and failure.

county had the luck on saturday and got 3 points and leap frogged wrexham.

a couple of games earlier minshull scored an own goal and we lost 1-0.

as per some of the contributors above, its at the stage of the season when you dont care where the goals come from , but that COUNTY GET THE POINTS

MANSFIELD look unstoppable unfortunately , and the way KIDDERMINSTEr are winning all their games then county need to win their last six to get within a point of kidderminsters maximum.

so the play offs it is, and hopefully by the time they come around some of our mainstays will be bag and raring to go.

OCONNOR has been out of sorts last few games and has missed chances he normally buries, but that is down to tiredness, pressure and general being ring rusty. he ll come back , players of his quality do.

a WREXHAM V COUNTY play off final at WEMBLEY ????? growing stronger by the game :-)
there is a fine line between success and failure. county had the luck on saturday and got 3 points and leap frogged wrexham. a couple of games earlier minshull scored an own goal and we lost 1-0. as per some of the contributors above, its at the stage of the season when you dont care where the goals come from , but that COUNTY GET THE POINTS MANSFIELD look unstoppable unfortunately , and the way KIDDERMINSTEr are winning all their games then county need to win their last six to get within a point of kidderminsters maximum. so the play offs it is, and hopefully by the time they come around some of our mainstays will be bag and raring to go. OCONNOR has been out of sorts last few games and has missed chances he normally buries, but that is down to tiredness, pressure and general being ring rusty. he ll come back , players of his quality do. a WREXHAM V COUNTY play off final at WEMBLEY ????? growing stronger by the game :-) COUNTYVOICE
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