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IT was far from a happy new year for Newport County AFC as relegation-threatened Northampton Town escaped Rodney Parade with three points.

Goals in either half from Hallam Hope and Darren Carter gave the Cobblers a much needed victory in their battle to beat the drop in League Two.

Harry Worley had cancelled out Hope's opener with a header in first half stoppage time but County were caught out again just after the break as Carter beat Lenny Pidgeley with a fierce drive from the edge of the area.

County missed a host of second half chances and were denied a point when the excellent Matt Duke saved Andy Sandell's 88th minute penalty.

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5:24pm Sat 4 Jan 14

jiffygeorge says...

Hate to say it, but manager's team selection cost us any chance of three points today. Said to colleague as soon as I heard team that we would not win. Why were Washington, Jackson and Oshiaja, among others, on the bench? County team with Jolley and Crow up front is virtually starting with nine men. Only perked up when Washington went on, but too late. Let's not fool ourselves with missed penalty. We were second best today.
Hate to say it, but manager's team selection cost us any chance of three points today. Said to colleague as soon as I heard team that we would not win. Why were Washington, Jackson and Oshiaja, among others, on the bench? County team with Jolley and Crow up front is virtually starting with nine men. Only perked up when Washington went on, but too late. Let's not fool ourselves with missed penalty. We were second best today. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 12

5:40pm Sat 4 Jan 14

swrxp09 says...

Have to agree jiffygeorge. Why was Minshull not playing from first whistle and can someone please tell me what Danny Crow brought to the show.
Have to agree jiffygeorge. Why was Minshull not playing from first whistle and can someone please tell me what Danny Crow brought to the show. swrxp09
  • Score: 7

5:44pm Sat 4 Jan 14

sooty001 says...

swrxp09 wrote:
Have to agree jiffygeorge. Why was Minshull not playing from first whistle and can someone please tell me what Danny Crow brought to the show.
I answer to your first question, I don't know, and in answer to your second, God only knows.
[quote][p][bold]swrxp09[/bold] wrote: Have to agree jiffygeorge. Why was Minshull not playing from first whistle and can someone please tell me what Danny Crow brought to the show.[/p][/quote]I answer to your first question, I don't know, and in answer to your second, God only knows. sooty001
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Sat 4 Jan 14

asrncafc says...

A home match lost against bottom of the table Northampton can be instrumental to leave County anchored in League 1 at the end of the season.

It is hard to decipher what cause our manager to choose today's starting formation.

1. could have been because we were playing the bottom of the table team and, he thought, the 3 points were bagged before the match;

2. could have been that he rested players who were one short of another yellow card that would have meant a one match suspension.

3. could have been that he wanted Jolley to find the net in the hope that we will have the Jolley of last season.

4. could have been that, giving the state of the pitch, he thought that the starting eleven would have fared better.

But, to leave Minshull, Washington, Jackson and Oshilaja on the bench was surely asking for trouble.

But to render justice and to be on Justin's side, a team who loses a infinite host of chances in the second half, including a penalty, does not merit to win matches.
A home match lost against bottom of the table Northampton can be instrumental to leave County anchored in League 1 at the end of the season. It is hard to decipher what cause our manager to choose today's starting formation. 1. could have been because we were playing the bottom of the table team and, he thought, the 3 points were bagged before the match; 2. could have been that he rested players who were one short of another yellow card that would have meant a one match suspension. 3. could have been that he wanted Jolley to find the net in the hope that we will have the Jolley of last season. 4. could have been that, giving the state of the pitch, he thought that the starting eleven would have fared better. But, to leave Minshull, Washington, Jackson and Oshilaja on the bench was surely asking for trouble. But to render justice and to be on Justin's side, a team who loses a infinite host of chances in the second half, including a penalty, does not merit to win matches. asrncafc
  • Score: 7

6:01pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Adrian Williams says...

Chapman should have taken the pen. With one goal between our strikers since November, it doesn't take Sherlock to work out we need a goalscoring striker (preferably big) in the window. Thought we missed action Jackson on the right and that Naylor gives us better balance playing in front of the back four.
Chapman should have taken the pen. With one goal between our strikers since November, it doesn't take Sherlock to work out we need a goalscoring striker (preferably big) in the window. Thought we missed action Jackson on the right and that Naylor gives us better balance playing in front of the back four. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 7

7:12pm Sat 4 Jan 14

larneman says...

What's wrong with strikers taking the penalties? Are'nt they being paid to score goals. Maybe I'm old fashioned but strikers are expected to score especially when its a gift free kick from the spot. Perhaps the guys will take it out on Accrington but don't expect THEM to lie down, after all they too are fighting for survival.
What's wrong with strikers taking the penalties? Are'nt they being paid to score goals. Maybe I'm old fashioned but strikers are expected to score especially when its a gift free kick from the spot. Perhaps the guys will take it out on Accrington but don't expect THEM to lie down, after all they too are fighting for survival. larneman
  • Score: 2

7:18pm Sat 4 Jan 14

exrisca says...

Same thing happened last season. An all out effort to get the game against the bottom club on and we lost that one against Barrow. But we all know how last season ended, so cheer up everyone.
Same thing happened last season. An all out effort to get the game against the bottom club on and we lost that one against Barrow. But we all know how last season ended, so cheer up everyone. exrisca
  • Score: 4

7:26pm Sat 4 Jan 14

CountyValleyboy says...

I guess no one will use the quote ''FORTRESS RODNEY '' again!
Sandell seems to have a very poor penalty average!
I guess no one will use the quote ''FORTRESS RODNEY '' again! Sandell seems to have a very poor penalty average! CountyValleyboy
  • Score: 5

7:42pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Adrian Williams says...

Yes, Sandell does have a poor penalty average - exactly the reason why Chapman should have taken it
Yes, Sandell does have a poor penalty average - exactly the reason why Chapman should have taken it Adrian Williams
  • Score: 5

8:29pm Sat 4 Jan 14

emlynkide says...

i had a feeling during warmup that the county didnt seem up for it, and looking at northamton they did, with a lot more urgancy.
i had a feeling during warmup that the county didnt seem up for it, and looking at northamton they did, with a lot more urgancy. emlynkide
  • Score: 3

12:43am Sun 5 Jan 14

llandaff says...

The tactics for County today seemed to be that every time we get the ball just hoof it up the field aimlessly and hope that someone connects!
Northampton gave County a lesson in how take your chances on a poor pitch. They were more robust on the ball and outplayed County for long periods. Their defense was also to be admired.
County could not get it into their heads that the way to play the conditions today was actually on the floor. Poor tactics including very late substitutions by the manager showed a degree of naivety which cost us the match.
Just not good enough today all round. Verdict.... Must do better..
The tactics for County today seemed to be that every time we get the ball just hoof it up the field aimlessly and hope that someone connects! Northampton gave County a lesson in how take your chances on a poor pitch. They were more robust on the ball and outplayed County for long periods. Their defense was also to be admired. County could not get it into their heads that the way to play the conditions today was actually on the floor. Poor tactics including very late substitutions by the manager showed a degree of naivety which cost us the match. Just not good enough today all round. Verdict.... Must do better.. llandaff
  • Score: 4

12:45am Sun 5 Jan 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

i mentioned in a comment in mid december that the strikers that werent injured are not prolific marksmen , and that i worried about where the goals would come from , especially as jolley wasnt firing on all cylinders.

and so unfortunately that is what is happening. county had the chances in the second half to wrap the game up but SOO MANY chances were not buried.

and when a clear cut one did come along THE PENALTY i agree with the contributors above , why not let ADAM CHAPMAN take it , im a big fan of ANDY SANDELL but he has missed some important ones over the years.

the goalkeeping situation also needs serious attention as well, LENNY playing with a broken thumb? im sure that hindered his decision making in some serious situations today. the january transfer window is open justin i would suggest an emergency goalkeeping loan ASAP.

ROBBIE WILLMOTT seems to have been the only threat today , he is proving to be an exceptional player, keep it up robbie.

special mention must go to the groundstaff today for actually getting the game on , and i actually managed to listen to the game on the ipod touch using the tune in app favourites NEWPORT CITY RADIO.

luckily none of the sides above us played today so its very much status quo, we v only used up a game in hand. but with 2 consecutive defeats now on the board , the next game is a must winner.

in this league a bad run of three or four defeats in a row can send you seriously plunging down the league as it is so close.

COME BACK AARON WE NEED YOU .......
i mentioned in a comment in mid december that the strikers that werent injured are not prolific marksmen , and that i worried about where the goals would come from , especially as jolley wasnt firing on all cylinders. and so unfortunately that is what is happening. county had the chances in the second half to wrap the game up but SOO MANY chances were not buried. and when a clear cut one did come along THE PENALTY i agree with the contributors above , why not let ADAM CHAPMAN take it , im a big fan of ANDY SANDELL but he has missed some important ones over the years. the goalkeeping situation also needs serious attention as well, LENNY playing with a broken thumb? im sure that hindered his decision making in some serious situations today. the january transfer window is open justin i would suggest an emergency goalkeeping loan ASAP. ROBBIE WILLMOTT seems to have been the only threat today , he is proving to be an exceptional player, keep it up robbie. special mention must go to the groundstaff today for actually getting the game on , and i actually managed to listen to the game on the ipod touch using the tune in app favourites NEWPORT CITY RADIO. luckily none of the sides above us played today so its very much status quo, we v only used up a game in hand. but with 2 consecutive defeats now on the board , the next game is a must winner. in this league a bad run of three or four defeats in a row can send you seriously plunging down the league as it is so close. COME BACK AARON WE NEED YOU ....... COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: 2

12:19pm Sun 5 Jan 14

kernowkid says...

OK so we didn't win, surely every team has the odd game now and then that disappoints the fans. Let's not forget how we came to be in this league, magnificent achievement by Justin and the lads via the play-offs. Now we expect to win every game we play and moan when we don't. Get behind the team and stop knocking the strikers who are up against football league defenders who are probably a bit better than the majority of last season's opposition. We are still in the mix and having a fantastic season.
OK so we didn't win, surely every team has the odd game now and then that disappoints the fans. Let's not forget how we came to be in this league, magnificent achievement by Justin and the lads via the play-offs. Now we expect to win every game we play and moan when we don't. Get behind the team and stop knocking the strikers who are up against football league defenders who are probably a bit better than the majority of last season's opposition. We are still in the mix and having a fantastic season. kernowkid
  • Score: 4

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