County boss Justin Edinburgh wants fans to get behind Danny Crow

South Wales Argus: Danny Crow turns and celebrates his goal (2783909) Danny Crow turns and celebrates his goal (2783909)

NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh hopes fans will get behind striker Danny Crow.

The Exiles number nine scored his fifth goal of the season and third in League Two on Sunday as Newport beat high flying Chesterfield 3-2 at Rodney Parade.

Crow's goal - a sixth minute header - was somewhat ironic with some supporters jeering Crow at Oxford United last week and cheering him mockingly for winning a header.

The former Luton man has also received criticism over his recent performances from (a handful of) County fans on Twitter and that has disappointed Edinburgh.

"I wouldn't normally ever criticise our supporters, I never normally have cause to, but I was very disappointed with a small section of them at Oxford," he said.

"They were cheering Crowy for winning a header, not in the right way and there was some stuff I didn't like hearing.

"I think at the end of the day, Danny Crow's record for Newport County absolutely speaks for itself.

"It has generally been the case and everyone knows it as well, that when he plays, we generally tend to win and that's been the case from when he first joined the club."

Edinburgh believes he asks more of Crow than some of his other players.

"Crowy is a striker and he wants to score lots of goals and have loads of chances, but a lot of the time we ask him to do specific jobs for the team.

"I sacrificed him on Sunday, we asked him to drop in and help in midfield and be the link man and he worked incredibly hard.

"He's a very important player for the team and I hope all of our fans are behind him and believe in him like we all do."

Edinburgh might have expected a quiet week with the Exiles not in action until they face Kidderminster in the FA Cup second round on Saturday, but those hopes were blown out of the window on Monday when Portsmouth made an official approach for his services.

That approach was rebuffed with Edinburgh's blessing and the boss is keen to carry on his fine work that sees Newport just three points off the summit of League Two.

"I'm more than happy at this football club [Newport]," said Edinburgh in a recent interview with Argus Sport.

"It's a fantastic club… the grass isn't always greener on the other side so I think I've got fantastic backing by the board, a great relationship with [director of football] Tim Harris."

Edinburgh, who signed a new Newport deal in October, added: "You can see my players play for me and I think we're a work in progress and I look forward to continuing that work."

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7:58am Wed 4 Dec 13

ncfcr says...

Well said. He's an easy target in the games where we are struggling to create chances, but supporters should support and leave the manager to do the rest.

The guy's never given less than 100% in a Newport short and has popped up with some important goals this season as well.
Well said. He's an easy target in the games where we are struggling to create chances, but supporters should support and leave the manager to do the rest. The guy's never given less than 100% in a Newport short and has popped up with some important goals this season as well. ncfcr

9:55am Wed 4 Dec 13

Harps62 says...

I did notice the huge gap in midfield on Sunday and Danny being asked to drop back to cover.
You cannot fault his close up touch ball and his final finish but hoofing the ball forwards will never get success for him.
Tall centre backs will eat him up all day.
Similarly with Christian.
Leave the high ball for set pieces when the big lads can push up.
I did notice the huge gap in midfield on Sunday and Danny being asked to drop back to cover. You cannot fault his close up touch ball and his final finish but hoofing the ball forwards will never get success for him. Tall centre backs will eat him up all day. Similarly with Christian. Leave the high ball for set pieces when the big lads can push up. Harps62

10:20am Wed 4 Dec 13

netala says...

I hold my hand up. in the past I have been a critic of Crowy, but I have to admire his strength of will by giving 100% every time he plays, and shall be fully behind him, also while I`m a it Andrew Hughes as been transformed this season into a player we may find it hard to hang onto
I hold my hand up. in the past I have been a critic of Crowy, but I have to admire his strength of will by giving 100% every time he plays, and shall be fully behind him, also while I`m a it Andrew Hughes as been transformed this season into a player we may find it hard to hang onto netala

10:39am Wed 4 Dec 13

llandaff says...

netala wrote:
I hold my hand up. in the past I have been a critic of Crowy, but I have to admire his strength of will by giving 100% every time he plays, and shall be fully behind him, also while I`m a it Andrew Hughes as been transformed this season into a player we may find it hard to hang onto
Cannot believe any true supporter is criticising any County player at the moment. We can do without that sort of "support".

On the subject of support...up to 1 Dec with a Newport population of 141k County had just 29k cumulative attendance. Portsmouth with a population of 210k had cumulative support of 139k!!!!

So where are the County supporters?

County are punching well above their weight as the new boys in the league. It is about time the apathetic people of Newport turned out in force for once and appreciated this magnificent effort.
Personally I travel from Bristol to my home town for the home matches.
I don't want a medal, I just want to see less empty seats!!!
[quote][p][bold]netala[/bold] wrote: I hold my hand up. in the past I have been a critic of Crowy, but I have to admire his strength of will by giving 100% every time he plays, and shall be fully behind him, also while I`m a it Andrew Hughes as been transformed this season into a player we may find it hard to hang onto[/p][/quote]Cannot believe any true supporter is criticising any County player at the moment. We can do without that sort of "support". On the subject of support...up to 1 Dec with a Newport population of 141k County had just 29k cumulative attendance. Portsmouth with a population of 210k had cumulative support of 139k!!!! So where are the County supporters? County are punching well above their weight as the new boys in the league. It is about time the apathetic people of Newport turned out in force for once and appreciated this magnificent effort. Personally I travel from Bristol to my home town for the home matches. I don't want a medal, I just want to see less empty seats!!! llandaff

10:52am Wed 4 Dec 13

NakedDancer says...

Unfortunately Danny's record does speak for itself, he's a striker that rarely scores. However, the vast majority of fans respect his hard work and subtle skills. It is unrealistic to expect him to win long ball headers - he can only challenge and try to put the defender off so County can win the second ball. I think he tries to be too measured in his finish when maybe he just needs to be a little greedy and get shots on goal. His goal against Chesterfield a good example - a little bit flukey but he was in there attacking it and got it on target. You make your own luck as a striker.
Unfortunately Danny's record does speak for itself, he's a striker that rarely scores. However, the vast majority of fans respect his hard work and subtle skills. It is unrealistic to expect him to win long ball headers - he can only challenge and try to put the defender off so County can win the second ball. I think he tries to be too measured in his finish when maybe he just needs to be a little greedy and get shots on goal. His goal against Chesterfield a good example - a little bit flukey but he was in there attacking it and got it on target. You make your own luck as a striker. NakedDancer

11:32am Wed 4 Dec 13

county mad says...

Didnt hear any complaints when he scored at Brighton he may not score many but he is integral to our team,btw thatLenny Pidgley doesnt score many goals should he be picked on by an idiotic ignorant clique.UP THE COUNTY!!!!
Didnt hear any complaints when he scored at Brighton he may not score many but he is integral to our team,btw thatLenny Pidgley doesnt score many goals should he be picked on by an idiotic ignorant clique.UP THE COUNTY!!!! county mad

11:54am Wed 4 Dec 13

ncfcr says...

The game has evolved a lot, even over the past 5 years. The old adage that strikers are there to score goals is not as true as it once was. You have the best team on the planet in Spain who recently won a major competition without using a striker in the whole tournament!

When you have goals from elsewhere in the team, a 'striker' who drops into space to link up play creates more chances for an adventurous midfield than if he were to stay up top losing balls in the air all day long - long may it continue.
The game has evolved a lot, even over the past 5 years. The old adage that strikers are there to score goals is not as true as it once was. You have the best team on the planet in Spain who recently won a major competition without using a striker in the whole tournament! When you have goals from elsewhere in the team, a 'striker' who drops into space to link up play creates more chances for an adventurous midfield than if he were to stay up top losing balls in the air all day long - long may it continue. ncfcr

12:38pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Thomas O'Malley says...

The exception doesn't prove the rule. Teams playing without a recognised striker is very very rare and comparing County to the talent Barcelona or other teams have at the highest level is pointless. Strikers/forwards, have always been expected to create as well as score goals - Crow isn't a midfielder or winger. In truth if Washington, Zebroski and O'Connor were fit they would all be ahead of Danny - not because they are more creative, more skillfull or work harder but because they score goals. League 2 forwards will always be judged on how many goals they score.
The exception doesn't prove the rule. Teams playing without a recognised striker is very very rare and comparing County to the talent Barcelona or other teams have at the highest level is pointless. Strikers/forwards, have always been expected to create as well as score goals - Crow isn't a midfielder or winger. In truth if Washington, Zebroski and O'Connor were fit they would all be ahead of Danny - not because they are more creative, more skillfull or work harder but because they score goals. League 2 forwards will always be judged on how many goals they score. Thomas O'Malley

1:35pm Wed 4 Dec 13

NakedDancer says...

county mad wrote:
Didnt hear any complaints when he scored at Brighton he may not score many but he is integral to our team,btw thatLenny Pidgley doesnt score many goals should he be picked on by an idiotic ignorant clique.UP THE COUNTY!!!!
Erm - Lenny isn't paid to score goals. If Lenny didn't make saves or made mistakes he would of course be criticised by paying customers. However, I agree sarcastic chants don't help any player and the vast majoity of County fans value Danny's good points.
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: Didnt hear any complaints when he scored at Brighton he may not score many but he is integral to our team,btw thatLenny Pidgley doesnt score many goals should he be picked on by an idiotic ignorant clique.UP THE COUNTY!!!![/p][/quote]Erm - Lenny isn't paid to score goals. If Lenny didn't make saves or made mistakes he would of course be criticised by paying customers. However, I agree sarcastic chants don't help any player and the vast majoity of County fans value Danny's good points. NakedDancer

4:33pm Wed 4 Dec 13

larneman says...

Is'nt it funny how the strikers get all the credit when the guy who puts the ball through for him to score is soon forgotten.
Is'nt it funny how the strikers get all the credit when the guy who puts the ball through for him to score is soon forgotten. larneman

5:52pm Wed 4 Dec 13

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Long high balls obviously don't help Danny's cause : No student of the game however would doubt his skill, effort and value to the team.
Long high balls obviously don't help Danny's cause : No student of the game however would doubt his skill, effort and value to the team. lowandhardandinthecorner

2:12pm Thu 5 Dec 13

ncfcr says...

Thomas O'Malley wrote:
The exception doesn't prove the rule. Teams playing without a recognised striker is very very rare and comparing County to the talent Barcelona or other teams have at the highest level is pointless. Strikers/forwards, have always been expected to create as well as score goals - Crow isn't a midfielder or winger. In truth if Washington, Zebroski and O'Connor were fit they would all be ahead of Danny - not because they are more creative, more skillfull or work harder but because they score goals. League 2 forwards will always be judged on how many goals they score.
Clearly not by Justin Edinburgh; and I value his opinion more than yours.
[quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: The exception doesn't prove the rule. Teams playing without a recognised striker is very very rare and comparing County to the talent Barcelona or other teams have at the highest level is pointless. Strikers/forwards, have always been expected to create as well as score goals - Crow isn't a midfielder or winger. In truth if Washington, Zebroski and O'Connor were fit they would all be ahead of Danny - not because they are more creative, more skillfull or work harder but because they score goals. League 2 forwards will always be judged on how many goals they score.[/p][/quote]Clearly not by Justin Edinburgh; and I value his opinion more than yours. ncfcr

7:48pm Thu 5 Dec 13

NakedDancer says...

ncfcr wrote:
Thomas O'Malley wrote:
The exception doesn't prove the rule. Teams playing without a recognised striker is very very rare and comparing County to the talent Barcelona or other teams have at the highest level is pointless. Strikers/forwards, have always been expected to create as well as score goals - Crow isn't a midfielder or winger. In truth if Washington, Zebroski and O'Connor were fit they would all be ahead of Danny - not because they are more creative, more skillfull or work harder but because they score goals. League 2 forwards will always be judged on how many goals they score.
Clearly not by Justin Edinburgh; and I value his opinion more than yours.
When everyone was fit at the start of the season JE didn't pick Crow. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Please do not post snide remarks.
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: The exception doesn't prove the rule. Teams playing without a recognised striker is very very rare and comparing County to the talent Barcelona or other teams have at the highest level is pointless. Strikers/forwards, have always been expected to create as well as score goals - Crow isn't a midfielder or winger. In truth if Washington, Zebroski and O'Connor were fit they would all be ahead of Danny - not because they are more creative, more skillfull or work harder but because they score goals. League 2 forwards will always be judged on how many goals they score.[/p][/quote]Clearly not by Justin Edinburgh; and I value his opinion more than yours.[/p][/quote]When everyone was fit at the start of the season JE didn't pick Crow. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Please do not post snide remarks. NakedDancer

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