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David Pipe and Craig Woodman compete for the ball in an old fashion drop ball (4637945)

Artur Krysiak punches under pressure from Harry Worley (4637950)

Ryan Burge is pressured by Tom Nichols (4637955)

Chris Zebroski shields the ball from Jordan Moore-Taylor (4637975)

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THIS was billed as a massive game for both clubs at the wrong end of League Two – an archetypal six-pointer – and a draw was not much good for either side.

It could have been worse for Justin Edinburgh’s men as they fell behind to the struggling Grecians on 51 minutes when Harry Worley headed into his own net.

But Lee Minshull’s scrappy equaliser a minute later edged them another point nearer to safety in the first season back in League Two.

And after defeats at Mansfield and Morecambe it stopped the rot and gave the Exiles something to build on as their relentless fixture schedule stretches out in front of them.

The draw leaves them squarely in the middle of the table, seven points off the top-seven with two games in hand but also seven points off the bottom two with a game in hand.

As the manager hinted in the build-up to this game, however, County are realistically concentrating more on results at the bottom of the table following a run that is now stretched to one win in 14 games.

Edinburgh made four changes from the side that was beaten 4-1 at Morecambe.

Tom Naylor was suspended but the return of Ismail Yakubu from injury cushioned that blow.

And alongside the Yak there were recalls for captain David Pipe and striker Danny Crow, while midfield maestro Ryan Burge was back from an ear infection.

Ryan Jackson, Rene Howe and Adam Chapman made way but the changes didn’t have the desired effect in a low quality first half.

Both sides were clearly lacking in confidence after equally disappointing starts to 2014 and the Spring sunshine seemed to have a soporific effect on the players for the most part.

But one thing you can never accuse Pipe of is a lack of commitment and he brought the fans out of their slumbers with a fiercely-contested drop ball.

Burge had the first real shot on target on 22 minutes but his fierce drive was easily held by Artur Krysiak in the Exeter goal.

Robbie Willmott dragged a long range effort wide soon after and it took until the last five minutes of the half for the Grecians to trouble County.

Liam Sercombe and Eliot Richards both drew smart saves out of Ian McLoughlin who had been a relative spectator for much of his home debut up until that point.

The match really caught fire at the start of the second period, however, with Exiles defender Worley heavily involved at both ends.

He went close with a header from Willmott’s corner soon after the restart and then almost immediately headed past McLoughlin at the other end from Tom Nichols’ cross.

That could have been the moment that County’s fragile confidence completely shattered but, credit to Edinburgh’s men, they responded straight away.

Minshull scrambled in Willmott’s free-kick virtually on the line to put his side back on level terms within a minute.

Edinburgh then removed Yakubu and introduced young Aaron Holloway in an apparently bold attacking move.

But the Cardiff kid, who was signed as a striker, slotted in alongside Worley and Hughes in central defence – a position he has filled in his days in the Bristol City youth set-up and he looked comfortable there.

Crow looked to have been hauled down just outside the box and Minshull and Chris Zebroski both went down inside the area but referee Carl Boyeson dismissed the County appeals.

Edinburgh threw on Christian Jolley in place of Crow and Mike Flynn for the tiring Burge as his side pressed hard for a winner.

But there was no way through and County were left to reflect on a missed opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the drop zone.

County: McLoughlin, Pipe, Worley, Yakubu (Holloway, 55), Hughes, Willmott, Minshull, Porter, Burge (Flynn, 79), Crow (Jolley, 74), Zebroski

Subs not used: Chapman, Jeffers, Jackson, Howe

Exeter: Krysiak, Butterfield, Woodman, Bennett, Coles, Sercombe, Oakley, Richards, Moore-Taylor, Nichols (O’Flynn, 75), Gill

Subs not used: Baldwin, Davies, Parkin, Grimes, Pym, Wheeler

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Attendance: 3,159

Argus star man: Pipe

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5:42pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Frankfurt says...

Holloway played a good game at centre back when he replaced Yakubu. He looks like a good acquisition.
Holloway played a good game at centre back when he replaced Yakubu. He looks like a good acquisition. Frankfurt
  • Score: 1

6:13pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

Not sure I agree with the description of Burge as "tiring". He was looking really lively at the point and one of our best players, so myself and a few others were perplexed as to why you would take off one of your best players at that point. Holloway made a good initial impression. Tough call between Minshull and Pipe as my MOM - it was great to see Pipey back, gave his all as always. A game low on quality but at least we didn't lose it. No more mention of play-offs please - getting enough points to secure League 2 status should be the main focus now.
Not sure I agree with the description of Burge as "tiring". He was looking really lively at the point and one of our best players, so myself and a few others were perplexed as to why you would take off one of your best players at that point. Holloway made a good initial impression. Tough call between Minshull and Pipe as my MOM - it was great to see Pipey back, gave his all as always. A game low on quality but at least we didn't lose it. No more mention of play-offs please - getting enough points to secure League 2 status should be the main focus now. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 7

6:45pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

As I said on the previous thread it was a clueless performance.
Hoof the ball and hope apart from Robbie, Ryan and the Captain
Why does the manager want to Let Pipey go (Madness)?
We made a struggling Exeter side look good at times, they played better football than us.
We have no forwards capable of regularly scoring
Our new keeper had a very good debut.
Worley was like a rabbit caught in headlights with Justin screaming at him to calm down.
Basically we are just not good enough.
Every point will count if we are to stay up.
Why he took Ryan off another crazy decision.
Got to mention Minshull also for another workmanlike game
Half this squad will go at the end of the year but we will still have an overweight Danny Crowe for another season!!
As I said on the previous thread it was a clueless performance. Hoof the ball and hope apart from Robbie, Ryan and the Captain Why does the manager want to Let Pipey go (Madness)? We made a struggling Exeter side look good at times, they played better football than us. We have no forwards capable of regularly scoring Our new keeper had a very good debut. Worley was like a rabbit caught in headlights with Justin screaming at him to calm down. Basically we are just not good enough. Every point will count if we are to stay up. Why he took Ryan off another crazy decision. Got to mention Minshull also for another workmanlike game Half this squad will go at the end of the year but we will still have an overweight Danny Crowe for another season!! Harps62
  • Score: 2

7:07pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

Time for Justin to admit he's made a mistake with Pipey and build some bridges. At least we had a bit more guts with him on the pitch.
Time for Justin to admit he's made a mistake with Pipey and build some bridges. At least we had a bit more guts with him on the pitch. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 3

8:24pm Sun 16 Mar 14

sooty001 says...

Harps62 wrote:
As I said on the previous thread it was a clueless performance.
Hoof the ball and hope apart from Robbie, Ryan and the Captain
Why does the manager want to Let Pipey go (Madness)?
We made a struggling Exeter side look good at times, they played better football than us.
We have no forwards capable of regularly scoring
Our new keeper had a very good debut.
Worley was like a rabbit caught in headlights with Justin screaming at him to calm down.
Basically we are just not good enough.
Every point will count if we are to stay up.
Why he took Ryan off another crazy decision.
Got to mention Minshull also for another workmanlike game
Half this squad will go at the end of the year but we will still have an overweight Danny Crowe for another season!!
2nd time in a week I have to agree with Harps.
We will get nowhere while 9 players from the back hoof the ball to the 2up the front.
Where is the football side who passed Oxford off the park,someone must be telling them to just hoof the ball away, it makes dire watching sometimes, it was better when we had all those injuries at least we played a bit of football, but now we just seem to struggle instead of playing the passing game which we are capable of
[quote][p][bold]Harps62[/bold] wrote: As I said on the previous thread it was a clueless performance. Hoof the ball and hope apart from Robbie, Ryan and the Captain Why does the manager want to Let Pipey go (Madness)? We made a struggling Exeter side look good at times, they played better football than us. We have no forwards capable of regularly scoring Our new keeper had a very good debut. Worley was like a rabbit caught in headlights with Justin screaming at him to calm down. Basically we are just not good enough. Every point will count if we are to stay up. Why he took Ryan off another crazy decision. Got to mention Minshull also for another workmanlike game Half this squad will go at the end of the year but we will still have an overweight Danny Crowe for another season!![/p][/quote]2nd time in a week I have to agree with Harps. We will get nowhere while 9 players from the back hoof the ball to the 2up the front. Where is the football side who passed Oxford off the park,someone must be telling them to just hoof the ball away, it makes dire watching sometimes, it was better when we had all those injuries at least we played a bit of football, but now we just seem to struggle instead of playing the passing game which we are capable of sooty001
  • Score: 3

9:24pm Sun 16 Mar 14

jiffygeorge says...

Let's take the positives. The return of those injured and unavailable before Christmas has shown they are mostly not good enough for this division. It will be easy for JE to discard half his squad. We also know it's no good having five non-scoring strikers. Got to find at least two who can score next season. We also need more variety in our squad such as, perhaps, a ball-winning midfielder and a pacy/tricky winger who can set up chances. Won't be easy to get such players (all teams in Div 2 are looking for them) but I hope we are already looking.
Let's take the positives. The return of those injured and unavailable before Christmas has shown they are mostly not good enough for this division. It will be easy for JE to discard half his squad. We also know it's no good having five non-scoring strikers. Got to find at least two who can score next season. We also need more variety in our squad such as, perhaps, a ball-winning midfielder and a pacy/tricky winger who can set up chances. Won't be easy to get such players (all teams in Div 2 are looking for them) but I hope we are already looking. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 11

11:44pm Sun 16 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

Trouble at this level is that many players are much of a muchness. Don't get how the team looked so good at times earlier in the season but all of a sudden these same players are not good enough for this division. It is up to the manager, who bought these players, to get them organised and motivated to the level we know they are capable of. Otherwise it's just the same old merry-go-round of player in, player out, ad infinitum. The manager must have had a plan as to how these players would fit into his plans when he brought them to the club otherwise why bother ? I don't believe that Christian Jolley has suddenly become a worse player than he was 6 months ago. He like the rest of the team needs proper man management and his confidence boosted. We don't really need new players we need the players we have got playing with confidence and self-belief.
Trouble at this level is that many players are much of a muchness. Don't get how the team looked so good at times earlier in the season but all of a sudden these same players are not good enough for this division. It is up to the manager, who bought these players, to get them organised and motivated to the level we know they are capable of. Otherwise it's just the same old merry-go-round of player in, player out, ad infinitum. The manager must have had a plan as to how these players would fit into his plans when he brought them to the club otherwise why bother ? I don't believe that Christian Jolley has suddenly become a worse player than he was 6 months ago. He like the rest of the team needs proper man management and his confidence boosted. We don't really need new players we need the players we have got playing with confidence and self-belief. jetspotter
  • Score: 2

7:53am Mon 17 Mar 14

Brat1965 says...

A dour game! I agree with above comments. Pipe was outstanding, and he showed that he is proud and ready to pull on the Amber shirt. Mr.Edinburgh would be slightly unbalanced to let him go. Pipe led the way! Let's all hope that yesterday was just a lack of confidence because if this is the way that the rest of the remaining games are going to be played......
Newport County has quality players(do not laugh at the back) they need a good old fashioned kick up the backside to motivate them. Hold up Pipe as a role model! This is me speaking as a fervent normally non critical supporter of the club I love.
A dour game! I agree with above comments. Pipe was outstanding, and he showed that he is proud and ready to pull on the Amber shirt. Mr.Edinburgh would be slightly unbalanced to let him go. Pipe led the way! Let's all hope that yesterday was just a lack of confidence because if this is the way that the rest of the remaining games are going to be played...... Newport County has quality players(do not laugh at the back) they need a good old fashioned kick up the backside to motivate them. Hold up Pipe as a role model! This is me speaking as a fervent normally non critical supporter of the club I love. Brat1965
  • Score: 4

9:24am Mon 17 Mar 14

Pianoman42 says...

At least it was a point. 7 more points should be enough. 11 games.

There will be one or two great matches amongst them, I'm sure.

3 games in the next 9 days.

Up the County!
At least it was a point. 7 more points should be enough. 11 games. There will be one or two great matches amongst them, I'm sure. 3 games in the next 9 days. Up the County! Pianoman42
  • Score: 3

9:24am Mon 17 Mar 14

oranges says...

Cant take any positives at all from yesterdays drab game against a poor Exeter side.Its more a case of cant win wont win and while this bad run continues its difficult to see where the next point will come from let alone a win and it seems what is helping us Is the likes of Wycombe and Exeter losing .We need to stop the talk in the papers and let our football on the field do our talking for us and quickly
Cant take any positives at all from yesterdays drab game against a poor Exeter side.Its more a case of cant win wont win and while this bad run continues its difficult to see where the next point will come from let alone a win and it seems what is helping us Is the likes of Wycombe and Exeter losing .We need to stop the talk in the papers and let our football on the field do our talking for us and quickly oranges
  • Score: 0

9:54am Mon 17 Mar 14

llandaff says...

I was not there yesterday.. This makes very sad reading indeed. I just cannot believe that things have gone so badly wrong for our once fab team.
It seems to get worse by the day. I just don´t know what the answer is. How can they be like two completely different teams before and after Christmas?
Really sad for all the fans who were so hyped up in the autumn. The players have to look to themselves now and start putting a proper performance together.
If I wrote this season´s story in a book it would be laughed at as being too ridiculous for words! But this is fact not fiction.
I was not there yesterday.. This makes very sad reading indeed. I just cannot believe that things have gone so badly wrong for our once fab team. It seems to get worse by the day. I just don´t know what the answer is. How can they be like two completely different teams before and after Christmas? Really sad for all the fans who were so hyped up in the autumn. The players have to look to themselves now and start putting a proper performance together. If I wrote this season´s story in a book it would be laughed at as being too ridiculous for words! But this is fact not fiction. llandaff
  • Score: 0

10:03am Mon 17 Mar 14

Pianoman42 says...

I was there yesterday. It was not all bad. The comeback goal immediately after the best headed goal I've seen all season was just what was needed. Anthony Hughes had a great game, also Pipey and the goalkeeper.

Yes, it was lacking quality, but they tried, both teams. And it was a lovely sunny afternoon sitting in the Bisley stand,.

The meat and potato pie was good too.

Up the County!
I was there yesterday. It was not all bad. The comeback goal immediately after the best headed goal I've seen all season was just what was needed. Anthony Hughes had a great game, also Pipey and the goalkeeper. Yes, it was lacking quality, but they tried, both teams. And it was a lovely sunny afternoon sitting in the Bisley stand,. The meat and potato pie was good too. Up the County! Pianoman42
  • Score: 0

11:08am Mon 17 Mar 14

oranges says...

I was there and yes it was not a good game to watch .As I said no positives can be taken from yesterdays game because our boys again seemed unable to defeat a poor Exeter side who were made to look good by our players .If we don't sort this mess out quickly we could find ourselves staring down the barrel wake up boys quickly
I was there and yes it was not a good game to watch .As I said no positives can be taken from yesterdays game because our boys again seemed unable to defeat a poor Exeter side who were made to look good by our players .If we don't sort this mess out quickly we could find ourselves staring down the barrel wake up boys quickly oranges
  • Score: 0

1:49pm Mon 17 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

Pianoman42 wrote:
I was there yesterday. It was not all bad. The comeback goal immediately after the best headed goal I've seen all season was just what was needed. Anthony Hughes had a great game, also Pipey and the goalkeeper.

Yes, it was lacking quality, but they tried, both teams. And it was a lovely sunny afternoon sitting in the Bisley stand,.

The meat and potato pie was good too.

Up the County!
Who is Anthony Hughes?
[quote][p][bold]Pianoman42[/bold] wrote: I was there yesterday. It was not all bad. The comeback goal immediately after the best headed goal I've seen all season was just what was needed. Anthony Hughes had a great game, also Pipey and the goalkeeper. Yes, it was lacking quality, but they tried, both teams. And it was a lovely sunny afternoon sitting in the Bisley stand,. The meat and potato pie was good too. Up the County![/p][/quote]Who is Anthony Hughes? JimMachen
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Clever Trevor says...

JimMachen wrote:
Pianoman42 wrote: I was there yesterday. It was not all bad. The comeback goal immediately after the best headed goal I've seen all season was just what was needed. Anthony Hughes had a great game, also Pipey and the goalkeeper. Yes, it was lacking quality, but they tried, both teams. And it was a lovely sunny afternoon sitting in the Bisley stand,. The meat and potato pie was good too. Up the County!
Who is Anthony Hughes?
Half Byron and half Andrew i think.
[quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pianoman42[/bold] wrote: I was there yesterday. It was not all bad. The comeback goal immediately after the best headed goal I've seen all season was just what was needed. Anthony Hughes had a great game, also Pipey and the goalkeeper. Yes, it was lacking quality, but they tried, both teams. And it was a lovely sunny afternoon sitting in the Bisley stand,. The meat and potato pie was good too. Up the County![/p][/quote]Who is Anthony Hughes?[/p][/quote]Half Byron and half Andrew i think. Clever Trevor
  • Score: 0

8:37pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Pianoman42 says...

Clever Trevor wrote:
JimMachen wrote:
Pianoman42 wrote: I was there yesterday. It was not all bad. The comeback goal immediately after the best headed goal I've seen all season was just what was needed. Anthony Hughes had a great game, also Pipey and the goalkeeper. Yes, it was lacking quality, but they tried, both teams. And it was a lovely sunny afternoon sitting in the Bisley stand,. The meat and potato pie was good too. Up the County!
Who is Anthony Hughes?
Half Byron and half Andrew i think.
A.k.a. Andrew Hughes. Once you get over thirty confusion sets in....
[quote][p][bold]Clever Trevor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pianoman42[/bold] wrote: I was there yesterday. It was not all bad. The comeback goal immediately after the best headed goal I've seen all season was just what was needed. Anthony Hughes had a great game, also Pipey and the goalkeeper. Yes, it was lacking quality, but they tried, both teams. And it was a lovely sunny afternoon sitting in the Bisley stand,. The meat and potato pie was good too. Up the County![/p][/quote]Who is Anthony Hughes?[/p][/quote]Half Byron and half Andrew i think.[/p][/quote]A.k.a. Andrew Hughes. Once you get over thirty confusion sets in.... Pianoman42
  • Score: 0

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