We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves, says Lee Minshull

EFFORT: Lee Minshull beats Exeter's Jordan Moore-Taylor on Sunday. Picture: Mark Lewis

EFFORT: Lee Minshull beats Exeter's Jordan Moore-Taylor on Sunday. Picture: Mark Lewis

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NEWPORT County AFC midfielder Lee Minshull says the players need to forget the excuses and stop feeling sorry for themselves if they want to stop the slide down the League Two table.

Minshull rescued a point for County against Exeter City on Sunday with his fourth strike of the season to cancel out Harry Worley’s own goal.

But the Exiles’ failure to beat the relegation-threatened Grecians at Rodney Parade stretched their poor run to one win in 14 games.

And goal hero Minshull says there needs to be a change of attitude in the squad.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up and stop feeling sorry for ourselves and get some wins on the board,” said the 28-year-old.

“The disruptions meant we didn’t play many games but we can come up with any number of excuses; we simply haven’t been performing well enough.

“It’s not been a bad season but when you look at where we were (before this run) then it’s disappointing.

“We were really putting teams to bed here but most of the people I bump into on a daily basis are just happy to be back in the Football League and playing big clubs in front of big crowds.

“So, of course realism has to come into it but if you’re not striding to move forward you’ll end up going backwards.”

Minshull feels that Edinburgh’s men may come to regard Sunday’s result as a good point by the end of the season but he knows they need to get a win as soon as possible.

“A draw was probably a fair result in the end,” he said.

“It would have been nice to go on and get the three points but probably it was a good point.

“It’s not always easy. No one is ever going to give you the points and we’ve just got to keep working hard.

“It was good that we held on for the point at the end because we’ve had a bit of rotten luck at the end of games in the last couple of weeks.

“It was good to give people something positive to go home with.

“We’ve seen teams come from nowhere (to make the play-offs) so it can be done,” he added.

“But the most important thing is to get some wins on the board before we start talking about that.

“There are a lot of teams like ourselves hoping for three points at the minute, Exeter included.”

Minshull believes tomorrow’s home clash with Dagenham & Redbridge and Saturday’s trip to bottom club Torquay United offer the chance to bag that elusive victory.

“I don’t think any games are must-win at the minute but we need a win sooner rather than later,” he said.

“Hopefully we can get three points and build from there.”

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11:48am Tue 18 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

Isn't suggesting the players haven't been playing well because they are feeling sorry for themselves just another of the excuses you say you want the players to put behind them Lee ? Another headline and another positive statement of intent ! We seem to be like the proverbial dog chasing its own tail !

We hear the talk now let's see the team walk the walk. PLEASE !!!!!!
Isn't suggesting the players haven't been playing well because they are feeling sorry for themselves just another of the excuses you say you want the players to put behind them Lee ? Another headline and another positive statement of intent ! We seem to be like the proverbial dog chasing its own tail ! We hear the talk now let's see the team walk the walk. PLEASE !!!!!! jetspotter
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12:30pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Sheffield Exile says...

Sorry Lee but they're all must win at the moment and the longer this run goes on the harder it will be to get a win and the more desperate we'll become. We need to be finding the hunger and desire to pressure teams and force the games in their goal area but playing to our team strengths!
Sorry Lee but they're all must win at the moment and the longer this run goes on the harder it will be to get a win and the more desperate we'll become. We need to be finding the hunger and desire to pressure teams and force the games in their goal area but playing to our team strengths! Sheffield Exile
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6:14pm Tue 18 Mar 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

I think that we need to stop hearing the excuses and start seeing the results. Confidence is only going to come from within, this must start on the training field, supporters are not going to be able to give confidence. Disruptions etc should have ment the team were more match fit and better trained. That doesn't seemed to have been the case though, and now it's panic stations.
I think that we need to stop hearing the excuses and start seeing the results. Confidence is only going to come from within, this must start on the training field, supporters are not going to be able to give confidence. Disruptions etc should have ment the team were more match fit and better trained. That doesn't seemed to have been the case though, and now it's panic stations. grumpyandopinionated
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11:26pm Tue 18 Mar 14

AMBERLING says...

Go out on that pitch tomorrow with a dogged determination and a positive outlook. Midfield - close the opposition down THROUGHOUT THE 90 MINUTES ! , pass the ball on the ground, use the width of the pitch to stretch their defence - instead of the congested central route - and don't "switch off" when defending. Leave the futile long, hopeful ball method on the local park pitches (where it belongs !) then we might retain possession and not invite pressure so easily. Let's have a bit more movement/anticipatio
n in our general play and up front - also, you could try shooting on sight, not taking that extra touch which allows them time to block - follow these basic instructions then the improvement might breed the confidence we're so lacking. These are all things we're not doing well at the moment and can be worked on to make the difference - not excuses - they'll just encourage the negativity so "COME ON THE PORT" - give us that long, overdue win and that attractive football-playing team we saw before the "curse of Christmas" descended !
Go out on that pitch tomorrow with a dogged determination and a positive outlook. Midfield - close the opposition down THROUGHOUT THE 90 MINUTES ! , pass the ball on the ground, use the width of the pitch to stretch their defence - instead of the congested central route - and don't "switch off" when defending. Leave the futile long, hopeful ball method on the local park pitches (where it belongs !) then we might retain possession and not invite pressure so easily. Let's have a bit more movement/anticipatio n in our general play and up front - also, you could try shooting on sight, not taking that extra touch which allows them time to block - follow these basic instructions then the improvement might breed the confidence we're so lacking. These are all things we're not doing well at the moment and can be worked on to make the difference - not excuses - they'll just encourage the negativity so "COME ON THE PORT" - give us that long, overdue win and that attractive football-playing team we saw before the "curse of Christmas" descended ! AMBERLING
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9:17am Wed 19 Mar 14

venga says...

The slide began due to several home matches being postponed. Before his confidence was high and we were in content for automatic promotion. As soon as I heard that w were going to ground share at Rodney parade I knew that we would have problems with the pitch. It has always flooded and been like a swamp....difficult enough for rugby let alone football. The pitch is what has beaten us and caused our form to falter.
The slide began due to several home matches being postponed. Before his confidence was high and we were in content for automatic promotion. As soon as I heard that w were going to ground share at Rodney parade I knew that we would have problems with the pitch. It has always flooded and been like a swamp....difficult enough for rugby let alone football. The pitch is what has beaten us and caused our form to falter. venga
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