Exiles boss targets new striker in transfer window

NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh admits he will need to sign a striker this month after seeing his side miss a host of chances in defeat to bottom club Northampton Town.

Cobblers goalkeeper Matt Duke was in superb form as he saved a late Andy Sandell penalty and denied County half a dozen times to earn his side three points.

Defender Harry Worley cancelled out Hallam Hope’s opener on the stroke of half-time but a super strike from Darren Carter two minutes after the interval was enough to win the game.

Still missing Chris Zebroski and Aaron O’Connor, Edinburgh sees fellow striker George Barker and defender Adedeji Oshilaja return to their parent clubs this week.

And with Christian Jolley, Danny Crow and Conor Washington having scored one goal between them since the middle of November the Exiles boss knows he needs a goalscorer, if he can find one.

“You always want to try and improve your squad but I don’t think anyone would want to give up their goalscorers (in January),” said Edinburgh.

“We may have to go for an unproven one but we will certainly try and improve the squad now that the window is open.

“I do feel that we need someone up there. We’ve got quality here but Christian Jolley probably hasn’t quite picked up after his injury.

“It’s hard. He showed glimpses second half that he’s coming back but we’re desperate for him to get a goal, and Conor and Robbie (Willmott) and Crowy.

“I have confidence in them and have no doubt if we continue to create chances like we did today they will dispatch them.

“We have quality here but if we can get the right striker to the club we will do it. We’re asking players to play with injuries at the minute.

“Hopefully we can get some big players back soon,” he added. “O’Connor and Zebroski aren’t too far off so we’ll maybe look to bring someone in for a month if we can’t sign someone permanently.”

Oshilaja’s return to Cardiff City under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a bigger blow than the loss of Barker.

Edinburgh is keen to see the young defender return but does not see the need to bring in anyone else if he remains at the Cardiff City Stadium.

“Oshilaja goes back to Cardiff unfortunately. They want to have a look at him,” he said. “We’d like to bring him back but with the change of manager the circumstances have changed.

“I don’t think we’ll need another defender though. We’ve got Andrew Hughes back in training now and Byron is recovering really well so you don’t want to overload.”

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12:27pm Mon 6 Jan 14

ohc says...

I think we al agree he needs to replace Crow but what about positions as in CW in the middle not chasing fatuous long balls?
I think we al agree he needs to replace Crow but what about positions as in CW in the middle not chasing fatuous long balls? ohc
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1:05pm Mon 6 Jan 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

It's all very well knocking Crow but it's the tactics that are debatable, need to play the ball on the floor to him he's not 8ft tall!
It's all very well knocking Crow but it's the tactics that are debatable, need to play the ball on the floor to him he's not 8ft tall! lowandhardandinthecorner
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3:55pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Harps62 says...

Still do not understand signing the Brighton boy. Giving him no opportunity, pay his wages and the send him back. That's madness.
Danny is to slow regardless of his height. If its on a plate he will put it away but how often does that happen?
Still do not understand signing the Brighton boy. Giving him no opportunity, pay his wages and the send him back. That's madness. Danny is to slow regardless of his height. If its on a plate he will put it away but how often does that happen? Harps62
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4:43pm Mon 6 Jan 14

MX47 says...

A goal scorer would great but I think we need a big experienced forward who can bring CW, CJ and others into the game more. I rather that type of player than maybe a young untried player.
A goal scorer would great but I think we need a big experienced forward who can bring CW, CJ and others into the game more. I rather that type of player than maybe a young untried player. MX47
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5:34pm Mon 6 Jan 14

andy83 says...

crow may have scored a few lucky goals so far this season but hes to short over weight and not fast enough to be playing league football luton didn't want him for those reasons
crow may have scored a few lucky goals so far this season but hes to short over weight and not fast enough to be playing league football luton didn't want him for those reasons andy83
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9:24am Tue 7 Jan 14

asrncafc says...

Sad to see Oshilaja go back to his parent club Cardiff. He gave a very good account of himself during the loan period with County.

I have a dream and sincerely hope we may have him back next season in League 1. Thanks Deji.
Sad to see Oshilaja go back to his parent club Cardiff. He gave a very good account of himself during the loan period with County. I have a dream and sincerely hope we may have him back next season in League 1. Thanks Deji. asrncafc
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1:17pm Tue 7 Jan 14

county mad says...

Why is there this pernicious campaing against Danny Crow he is an intelligent player who reads the game well and plays to his strengths. Leave Danny alone. UP THE COUNTY!!!
Why is there this pernicious campaing against Danny Crow he is an intelligent player who reads the game well and plays to his strengths. Leave Danny alone. UP THE COUNTY!!! county mad
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2:31pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Harps62 says...

county mad wrote:
Why is there this pernicious campaing against Danny Crow he is an intelligent player who reads the game well and plays to his strengths. Leave Danny alone. UP THE COUNTY!!!
Pernicious campaign?
Simple he is not up to it. If you kept him in the side I guarantee we would not get promotion. Sorry think you must be the odd one out County Mad
Been released by previous clubs as not good enough.
Not good enough for the County either. Sorry Danny
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: Why is there this pernicious campaing against Danny Crow he is an intelligent player who reads the game well and plays to his strengths. Leave Danny alone. UP THE COUNTY!!![/p][/quote]Pernicious campaign? Simple he is not up to it. If you kept him in the side I guarantee we would not get promotion. Sorry think you must be the odd one out County Mad Been released by previous clubs as not good enough. Not good enough for the County either. Sorry Danny Harps62
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