Edinburgh thrilled with victory
5:47pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in Newport County
NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh was thrilled as his side bounced back from last weekend’s mauling at Rochdale, writes Michael Pearlman.
The Exiles were as dominant today as they were dominated seven days ago, goals from Chris Zebroski, Lee Minshull and Danny Crow ensuring no slip-up at a sodden Rodney Parade.
I am absolutely delighted, we were short last week but I felt there was quite a lot of negativity in the whole city and people were apprehensive coming here today even though we’ve only had one bad performance in 2013 since New Year’s Day,” Edinburgh explained.
“People need to be a bit more realistic, but I felt they didn’t make us feel nervous today, they backed us and I was delighted for my players, they were worthy for a win.
“My line-up was particularly difficult, any of the ones who dropped out couldn’t complain and the ones who stayed in were lucky.
“I told the players who I kept in that they owed the ones who dropped out a good performance, because anyone could have bitten the bullet after last weekend.
“It’s one bad performance and we have to keep that in perspective and we controlled the game well.”
Edinburgh felt the game hinged on a single moment.
“There was a turning point when Yakubu made a great interception and we went up the other end and scored,” he said.
“After that we played on the front foot and could’ve won by more.
“The players did exactly what I asked, we wanted a reaction and it came and everything we said we’d do we did.
“I was especially thrilled today for Tom Naylor. He hasn’t played since the Morecombe game where he had his mishaps (two own goals and a conceded penalty) and he really stepped up and marshalled our midfield well.
“I think we know it’s about the squad, we have a lot of depth and each and every week we’ve got players who are missing out who will legitimately feel like they should be playing.”
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