Defensive errors cost us, admits Justin Edinburgh

South Wales Argus: DEFEAT: County boss Justin Edinburgh DEFEAT: County boss Justin Edinburgh

NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh admitted his side paid the price for poor finishing and dreadful defending at Hartlepool United.

The Exiles went down to a 3-0 defeat at Victoria Park as goals from Luke James and Luke Williams and an Andy Sandell own goal sealed their fate.

And Edinburgh was disappointed with his team’s display despite a bright start on a grey and wet afternoon in the North East.

“I think we deserved perhaps a little bit better but the goals we conceded we were disappointed with,” said the Exiles boss.

“For long spells of the first half we looked comfortable and we made some good chances but if you are going to keep chasing games it’s hard to come back at any level.

“First goals are really crucial at this level, as they are at most, but I thought we dominated and I thought we looked comfortable and assured for a team that hadn’t played for a few weeks.

“But as I was saying that on the bench the inevitable happened.”

James’ opening strike five minutes before the break came against the run of play but there was no way back for County after Sandell’s unfortunate OG on 55 minutes and Williams added a third in injury time.

“The first goal turned the game on its head and the second goal we have to do better,” said Edinburgh.

“A little bit of communication was required because it was two players going for the same ball.

“If you give goals like that away you are going to be struggling and I thought we lost a little bit of belief once it went to 2-0.

“We weren’t quick enough in the final third with our passing and we need to be more clinical with our finishing,” he added. “We were a bit hopeful rather than knowing what we wanted to do.”

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11:07am Sun 16 Feb 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

We need to return to a back 5 with Jackson R and Sandell L, Any 3 of Yak,Byron, Worley, Jamo, Naylor at CB. Sort it out, it's our best proven defence - and let's hope Pidgely 's back asap!
We need to return to a back 5 with Jackson R and Sandell L, Any 3 of Yak,Byron, Worley, Jamo, Naylor at CB. Sort it out, it's our best proven defence - and let's hope Pidgely 's back asap! lowandhardandinthecorner

11:55am Sun 16 Feb 14

asrncafc says...

Now mention has been made of new capture keeper, Parish. How did he fare? How was his handling of the ball during crosses and corners? Was he at fault in any of the goals?
Now mention has been made of new capture keeper, Parish. How did he fare? How was his handling of the ball during crosses and corners? Was he at fault in any of the goals? asrncafc

12:32pm Sun 16 Feb 14

AMBERLING says...

I know our performances lately may have been affected by lack of matches but certain decisions still baffle me . Why wasn't Ryan Jackson playing when our defence is so "makeshift" as it is ? Why are we still playing midfielders in defensive roles? When will the manager - - who was a defender - get to grips with using proper fullbacks and an organized back line that knows what it's doing ? We seem to have an abundance of midfield players but not enough cover in other important departments.
I know our performances lately may have been affected by lack of matches but certain decisions still baffle me . Why wasn't Ryan Jackson playing when our defence is so "makeshift" as it is ? Why are we still playing midfielders in defensive roles? When will the manager - - who was a defender - get to grips with using proper fullbacks and an organized back line that knows what it's doing ? We seem to have an abundance of midfield players but not enough cover in other important departments. AMBERLING

2:30pm Sun 16 Feb 14

b3talover says...

As someone mentioned on one of the sites, our 2014 form is actually relegation form. Do we need to be looking over our shoulder from now on? Making sure we stay up and not dreaming of the play-offs? A decent Conference team could probably waltz through our defence at the moment.

On the other hand, we have an awful lot of home games coming up which could see a return to form, along with almost a full squad to choose from.

Potentially could we still reach the play-offs or are we looking at mid table?
As someone mentioned on one of the sites, our 2014 form is actually relegation form. Do we need to be looking over our shoulder from now on? Making sure we stay up and not dreaming of the play-offs? A decent Conference team could probably waltz through our defence at the moment. On the other hand, we have an awful lot of home games coming up which could see a return to form, along with almost a full squad to choose from. Potentially could we still reach the play-offs or are we looking at mid table? b3talover

5:00pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

lowandhardandintheco
rner
wrote:
We need to return to a back 5 with Jackson R and Sandell L, Any 3 of Yak,Byron, Worley, Jamo, Naylor at CB. Sort it out, it's our best proven defence - and let's hope Pidgely 's back asap!
Agreed. Cant defend and cant score. Jackson is class and Hughes deserves a chance after early season form. Pipe & Sandell aren't central defenders and Naylor is a better holding midfielder than defender. Strikers offer no threat. Need Zeb and O'Connor to find form urgently but thats a big ask after long layoffs.
[quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: We need to return to a back 5 with Jackson R and Sandell L, Any 3 of Yak,Byron, Worley, Jamo, Naylor at CB. Sort it out, it's our best proven defence - and let's hope Pidgely 's back asap![/p][/quote]Agreed. Cant defend and cant score. Jackson is class and Hughes deserves a chance after early season form. Pipe & Sandell aren't central defenders and Naylor is a better holding midfielder than defender. Strikers offer no threat. Need Zeb and O'Connor to find form urgently but thats a big ask after long layoffs. Thomas O'Malley

8:32am Mon 17 Feb 14

Clever Trevor says...

Isn't i normal to play LB's in the left position and RBs in the right,if the plan is to bambozzle the opposition then clearly it's not working.
I have a lot of sympathy for Hughes,he's become the forgotten man lately,and that after some fine performances,strange
.
Jackson....Worley...
..Naylor.....Hughes.
.....Sandell
There,i'm a manager now !
Isn't i normal to play LB's in the left position and RBs in the right,if the plan is to bambozzle the opposition then clearly it's not working. I have a lot of sympathy for Hughes,he's become the forgotten man lately,and that after some fine performances,strange . Jackson....Worley... ..Naylor.....Hughes. .....Sandell There,i'm a manager now ! Clever Trevor

9:21am Mon 17 Feb 14

Adrian Williams says...

Thomas O'Malley wrote:
lowandhardandintheco rner wrote: We need to return to a back 5 with Jackson R and Sandell L, Any 3 of Yak,Byron, Worley, Jamo, Naylor at CB. Sort it out, it's our best proven defence - and let's hope Pidgely 's back asap!
Agreed. Cant defend and cant score. Jackson is class and Hughes deserves a chance after early season form. Pipe & Sandell aren't central defenders and Naylor is a better holding midfielder than defender. Strikers offer no threat. Need Zeb and O'Connor to find form urgently but thats a big ask after long layoffs.
Spot on - there's no way Sandell should be playing at centre back (he should probably be rested on current form) and Jackson needs to come back in at right back. Agree that Naylor is best at DM. Zebroski coming back is a massive bonus though. Someone said to me this morning that we are only 10 points off the relegation places - we could easily get sucked in to that if the current form continues. Let's secure our place in the division first and foremost before having loftier ambitions
[quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: We need to return to a back 5 with Jackson R and Sandell L, Any 3 of Yak,Byron, Worley, Jamo, Naylor at CB. Sort it out, it's our best proven defence - and let's hope Pidgely 's back asap![/p][/quote]Agreed. Cant defend and cant score. Jackson is class and Hughes deserves a chance after early season form. Pipe & Sandell aren't central defenders and Naylor is a better holding midfielder than defender. Strikers offer no threat. Need Zeb and O'Connor to find form urgently but thats a big ask after long layoffs.[/p][/quote]Spot on - there's no way Sandell should be playing at centre back (he should probably be rested on current form) and Jackson needs to come back in at right back. Agree that Naylor is best at DM. Zebroski coming back is a massive bonus though. Someone said to me this morning that we are only 10 points off the relegation places - we could easily get sucked in to that if the current form continues. Let's secure our place in the division first and foremost before having loftier ambitions Adrian Williams

9:24am Mon 17 Feb 14

llandaff says...

AMBERLING wrote:
I know our performances lately may have been affected by lack of matches but certain decisions still baffle me . Why wasn't Ryan Jackson playing when our defence is so "makeshift" as it is ? Why are we still playing midfielders in defensive roles? When will the manager - - who was a defender - get to grips with using proper fullbacks and an organized back line that knows what it's doing ? We seem to have an abundance of midfield players but not enough cover in other important departments.
I am afraid Justin went through the same questionable phase last year with quite baffling team choices. You are right he was a defender but you would never guess it from the evidence. On video the third goal on Saturday showed an absolute shambles of a "defense". Where were the tackles?
Besides the defense and more importantly yet again what did Jolley do when he came on?There was no mention of him in the commentary. He has had an ongoing confidence problem for months now which he has not overcome.Therefore I think it is time to drop him from the squad as he is making no contribution at all. Sorry but that is my view. He is just not up to it.
A no score draw tomorrow night would be a good result against Oxford just settle things down a bit.
[quote][p][bold]AMBERLING[/bold] wrote: I know our performances lately may have been affected by lack of matches but certain decisions still baffle me . Why wasn't Ryan Jackson playing when our defence is so "makeshift" as it is ? Why are we still playing midfielders in defensive roles? When will the manager - - who was a defender - get to grips with using proper fullbacks and an organized back line that knows what it's doing ? We seem to have an abundance of midfield players but not enough cover in other important departments.[/p][/quote]I am afraid Justin went through the same questionable phase last year with quite baffling team choices. You are right he was a defender but you would never guess it from the evidence. On video the third goal on Saturday showed an absolute shambles of a "defense". Where were the tackles? Besides the defense and more importantly yet again what did Jolley do when he came on?There was no mention of him in the commentary. He has had an ongoing confidence problem for months now which he has not overcome.Therefore I think it is time to drop him from the squad as he is making no contribution at all. Sorry but that is my view. He is just not up to it. A no score draw tomorrow night would be a good result against Oxford just settle things down a bit. llandaff

12:27pm Tue 18 Feb 14

MX47 says...

It may well be right to say we have defensive problems but if we can't score when we are on top this only puts pressure on defenders!!! It's clear to me that our real problem is finding someone to put the ball in the net.
It may well be right to say we have defensive problems but if we can't score when we are on top this only puts pressure on defenders!!! It's clear to me that our real problem is finding someone to put the ball in the net. MX47

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