We belong in the leading pack, says Exiles ace

South Wales Argus: BELIEF: County midfielder Ryan Burge in action against Oxford United BELIEF: County midfielder Ryan Burge in action against Oxford United

MIDFIELDER Ryan Burge believes that the results against Oxford, Scunthorpe and Fleetwood show that Newport County AFC can compete at the top of League Two.

County have suffered shock home defeats to mid-table strugglers Cheltenham and AFC Wimbledon in recent weeks but victory over Oxford and draws with Scunthorpe and Fleetwood showed their true capabilities, according to Burge.

The Exiles, currently tenth, beat fifth-placed Oxford 3-2, drew 2-2 with second-placed Scunthorpe and 0-0 with sixth-placed Fleetwood in a run of five successive matches at Rodney Parade.

And as they embark on two away fixtures, at Mansfield Town on Saturday and Morecambe on Tuesday, Burge argues that the squad should take confidence from those results.

“You look at the table and we’ve played three sides who are right up there in Oxford, Scunthorpe and Fleetwood and we’ve come away with something,” said the 25-year-old playmaker. “That’s not bad over those three games.

“Against Fleetwood we had our chances but unfortunately they didn’t go in.

“On any other pitch in the league Rene (Howe) would have scored. It took an awful bobble,” he added, referring to Howe’s miss near the end of Tuesday’s stalemate.

“We created opportunities and I don’t think they created anything too clear cut so we probably could have taken all three points.”

Burge says the state of the pitch at Rodney Parade has led to an inevitable change in playing style for the Exiles and he’s hoping to be able to play his more natural passing game away from home.

“The pitch is completely unpredictable and it’s dictating the way we play at the moment,” he said.

“We don’t want to play like that but with the pitch the way it is it’s the way it’s got to be done at the moment.

“We’ve got to pick the ball higher up at the moment because it is like a sandpit but it’s nobody’s fault and we’ve just got to deal with it.

“I’m not sure what their pitches are like (at Mansfield and Morecambe) but we’ve got to go there and give it our all,” he added.

“You can’t fault the lads’ attitude and if we keep going like that then anything’s possible.”

And that includes a play-off challenge for County who are six points off the top seven with two games in hand.

“It’s still realistic,” argued Burge. “We’ve still got a lot of games to play and two games in hand still so if we can start picking up points from teams at the top and keep going into games with the right attitude then we’ll be up there.”

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8:19pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Why o why do the County keep churning out these statements from players.
Its getting embarrassing.
So we got 5 points from 3 home games against top half sides?
Northampton took 6 of us and where are they?
Come on please stop these statements and just prove it on the pitch for us
Getting fed up of this continual blame on the pitch, rubbish as it is but same for both sides.
Why o why do the County keep churning out these statements from players. Its getting embarrassing. So we got 5 points from 3 home games against top half sides? Northampton took 6 of us and where are they? Come on please stop these statements and just prove it on the pitch for us Getting fed up of this continual blame on the pitch, rubbish as it is but same for both sides. Harps62
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8:31pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

Why oh why do a minority of fans keep churning out negative statements despite our excellent position - it's not as if we're in or near the relegation zone. Get behind Justin and the boys.
Why oh why do a minority of fans keep churning out negative statements despite our excellent position - it's not as if we're in or near the relegation zone. Get behind Justin and the boys. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 7

10:01pm Thu 6 Mar 14

county mad says...

Its just over 2 yrs since we were down in the conference relegation zone plunging into conference south obscurity now look at us top half league 2 still in with a chance of play-offs and even possible automatic promotion why the hell are the doomongers in full flow on here and the message boards.look at the progress instead of prophesying disaster UP THE COUNTY!!!!
Its just over 2 yrs since we were down in the conference relegation zone plunging into conference south obscurity now look at us top half league 2 still in with a chance of play-offs and even possible automatic promotion why the hell are the doomongers in full flow on here and the message boards.look at the progress instead of prophesying disaster UP THE COUNTY!!!! county mad
  • Score: 3

10:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

Let me give you a plethora of clubs who would LOVE IT if they were in our position right now : Wrexham, Luton, Grimsby, Lincoln, Hereford, Stockport, Barnet, Aldershot, Cambridge, Halifax, Kidderminster, Macclesfield, Chester, Bristol Rovers, Exeter, Mansield, Wycombe, Accrington, Northampton, Torquay. Now if that doesn't spell it out for you clearly enough, then you really are one of life's doom mongers. Let's get behind the team and the manager for the rest of the season and enjoy this golden period. WE ALL LIVE WITH AMBER IN THE BLOOD
Let me give you a plethora of clubs who would LOVE IT if they were in our position right now : Wrexham, Luton, Grimsby, Lincoln, Hereford, Stockport, Barnet, Aldershot, Cambridge, Halifax, Kidderminster, Macclesfield, Chester, Bristol Rovers, Exeter, Mansield, Wycombe, Accrington, Northampton, Torquay. Now if that doesn't spell it out for you clearly enough, then you really are one of life's doom mongers. Let's get behind the team and the manager for the rest of the season and enjoy this golden period. WE ALL LIVE WITH AMBER IN THE BLOOD Adrian Williams
  • Score: 8

10:18pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

Ooops, I forget Portsmouth. PORTSMOUTH.
Ooops, I forget Portsmouth. PORTSMOUTH. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 3

7:40am Fri 7 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Adrian
I am certainly not a doom monger.
I just don't like these daily statements being churned out which rarely come good.
All I am saying is prove it on the pitch lads, You seem to resent anything being said about the boys apart from everything is a bed of roses.
Of course everyone is chuffed where we are league wise but there is still a lot of room for improvement and you do not seem to want any one discussing that
Adrian I am certainly not a doom monger. I just don't like these daily statements being churned out which rarely come good. All I am saying is prove it on the pitch lads, You seem to resent anything being said about the boys apart from everything is a bed of roses. Of course everyone is chuffed where we are league wise but there is still a lot of room for improvement and you do not seem to want any one discussing that Harps62
  • Score: -1

8:11am Fri 7 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

I am not for one minute saying everything is a bed of roses or there isn't room for improvement. What I am asking for is the criticism to be gauged and tempered as I think some of the comments have been way over board of late "Justin has lost the plot, park football, absolute joke etc." There is no doubt that the horrendous injury list this season, the flock of postponements which killed the excellent momentum approaching Christmas and the horrendous pitch have been mitigating factors in the stuttering form of late. I think what's really hurt us this season though is the lack or a regular goalscorer - firstly in last season's top scorer Azza getting injured (hopefully he'll be back soon) and secondly losing Conor Washington who, coming into December was looking like a player that could really terrorise defences in League Two. Personally, I'd like to see Robbie Wilmott given a chance up top - he's been my player of the season so far, has pace to burn and can finish.
I am not for one minute saying everything is a bed of roses or there isn't room for improvement. What I am asking for is the criticism to be gauged and tempered as I think some of the comments have been way over board of late "Justin has lost the plot, park football, absolute joke etc." There is no doubt that the horrendous injury list this season, the flock of postponements which killed the excellent momentum approaching Christmas and the horrendous pitch have been mitigating factors in the stuttering form of late. I think what's really hurt us this season though is the lack or a regular goalscorer - firstly in last season's top scorer Azza getting injured (hopefully he'll be back soon) and secondly losing Conor Washington who, coming into December was looking like a player that could really terrorise defences in League Two. Personally, I'd like to see Robbie Wilmott given a chance up top - he's been my player of the season so far, has pace to burn and can finish. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 3

9:14am Fri 7 Mar 14

keithbob says...

forget the arguments over our current form and the state of rodney parade,the lads have to do their talking on the pitch,AWAY from home!!
forget the arguments over our current form and the state of rodney parade,the lads have to do their talking on the pitch,AWAY from home!! keithbob
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