Edinburgh ponders formation change and targets Wembley
11:02pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Newport County
Newport County's manager Justin Edinburgh celebrates their victory after the Blue Square Premier League Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Wrexham. Photo credit sho
NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh is confident that his small squad can cope with the rigours of a successful cup run, writes Michael Pearlman.
The Exiles were shock 3-2 winners in the Johnson’s Paint Trophy at League One Crawley on Tuesday and boss Edinburgh is now targeting a third trip to Wembley in as many years.
He isn’t worried about a fixture pile-up and feels winning in all competitions is very much the aim, also admitting the win at Crawley might lead to a formation change.
“There is a great buzz about the place because of the result, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb at Crawley by going 2-0 down, but it was a result to be extremely proud of.
“We have a realistic chance of getting to Wembley, we feel it’s a winnable competition and any competition we enter, we want to try and win it.
“We’d love to be rewarded with a home draw, but it can definitely help our league form.
“Winning is a habit, there’s a real belief in the group, our achievements can’t be underestimated with seven first team players missing.
“It breeds confidence and belief and that can’t be a problem.
“Hopefully our injured players coming back will compensate for the extra games. But as a club like ours, we are in no position to take cup runs lightly.
“Everyone in the squad classes themselves as a first XI player and the cup competitions allow us to bring people in and give us food for thought.”
Food for thought on reverting back to 4-3-3 from his 5-3-2 formation?
“We had a better threat going forward and kept possession well in the final third, I think a change of system is a possibility,” Edinburgh said.
“It’s not a problem to the group, they’ve played it before and for three quarters of last season it gave us great success.
“We have the personnel to change and adapt as the season progresses.”
Edinburgh is wary of a Rochdale side who have won six of their last seven games, but believes his side are prepared for the test.
“In every game we’ve played we’ve acquitted ourselves well and we will go to Rochdale feeling confident,” he said.
“They are a good side, they play good football and will be buoyed by a great win the cup themselves (against League One Port Vale.
“But we can only look after ourselves.”
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