Top-ten finish would be a big achievement, says Exiles boss

HE still hasn’t given up all hope of making the League Two play-offs but Newport County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh says a top-ten finish would be a positive outcome for his side, writes Andrew Penman.

After a run of just one win in 15 games since Boxing Day, the Exiles are finally on an upward curve with victory at Torquay United last week and a draw with Bury on Tuesday.

And with crisis club Portsmouth the visitors to Rodney Parade tomorrow, Edinburgh says the opportunity is there to build a bit of momentum once again.

“We’ve really learned a lot about ourselves over the past few months,” said the Exiles boss.

“We’ve got two good results now, which is a start, and now we want to finish the season as well as we can.

“A top-ten finish for a team in their first season back in the Football League after 25 years would be a tremendous achievement.

“Of course mathematically the play-offs are still possible but we have to concentrate on putting a run together.

“We’ve got two good results and if we can make that three, four and five then who knows?”

But Edinburgh is also wary of the affect of Richie Barker’s dismissal could have on the Pompey players tomorrow.

“For whatever reason you always tend to get a reaction from a group of players when a manager is dismissed, which is very disappointing and sad really,” he said.

“I expect a tough encounter. They’ll bring a big following and it should be a great atmosphere.”

Edinburgh is likely to field a largely unchanged team with now new injuries.

Defenders Ismail Yakubu and Ryan Jackson are available again but the back four of Tom Naylor, Andrew Hughes and new boys Darcy Blake and Kevin Feely will be retained after successive clean sheets.

“That back four has been excellent,” said Edinburgh. “Two games and two clean sheets is testament to that and it won’t change for the foreseeable future.”

Goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley is also back in training but won’t be involved against Pompey, while Jamie Stephens has had an operation on his thigh injury and won’t play again this season.

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10:25am Fri 28 Mar 14

Rodneyboy says...

Justin must find room to play Ryan Jackson if hes fit as we were lacking any pace down the right hand side against Bury.Still not sure who the best option is to play with Zebroski up front,maybe worth giving Jolley another shot.
Justin must find room to play Ryan Jackson if hes fit as we were lacking any pace down the right hand side against Bury.Still not sure who the best option is to play with Zebroski up front,maybe worth giving Jolley another shot. Rodneyboy
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10:55am Fri 28 Mar 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

Rodneyboy wrote:
Justin must find room to play Ryan Jackson if hes fit as we were lacking any pace down the right hand side against Bury.Still not sure who the best option is to play with Zebroski up front,maybe worth giving Jolley another shot.
Zebroski is County's top goalscorer - he's scored 10 goals in less than half a season, despite a very serious injury. If he had a full season in that form he'd be one of the top scorers in the league, as he was at other clubs. The other County strikers (except Willmott) have barely mustered a shot between them all season. No chance Zeb wil be dropped unless he is injured.
[quote][p][bold]Rodneyboy[/bold] wrote: Justin must find room to play Ryan Jackson if hes fit as we were lacking any pace down the right hand side against Bury.Still not sure who the best option is to play with Zebroski up front,maybe worth giving Jolley another shot.[/p][/quote]Zebroski is County's top goalscorer - he's scored 10 goals in less than half a season, despite a very serious injury. If he had a full season in that form he'd be one of the top scorers in the league, as he was at other clubs. The other County strikers (except Willmott) have barely mustered a shot between them all season. No chance Zeb wil be dropped unless he is injured. Thomas O'Malley
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11:45am Fri 28 Mar 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

This devotion that JE has for Hughes is worrying. On Tuesday, with better strikers, he would have gifted Bury two goals. He is simply not good enough for League 2.
This devotion that JE has for Hughes is worrying. On Tuesday, with better strikers, he would have gifted Bury two goals. He is simply not good enough for League 2. Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 4

1:57pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

Not quite Justin. Staying up will be an achievement. A top ten finish would be a bl**dy miracle
Not quite Justin. Staying up will be an achievement. A top ten finish would be a bl**dy miracle ex-St. Julians boy
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2:39pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Clever Trevor says...

Dafydd y Garreg Wen wrote:
This devotion that JE has for Hughes is worrying. On Tuesday, with better strikers, he would have gifted Bury two goals. He is simply not good enough for League 2.
Your obsession with Hughes is more worrying for me,you are like the Chapman bashers,not heard until something goes wrong.
I don't like to single players out,but at least 2 of Burys chances were down to Blakey and Feeny,but i guess that don't fit in with your views.
And just for good measure,how we manage to play any football on that cabbage patch is beyond me.
Considering everything thats gone on at this Football Club this season just be grateful to the fantastic job Justin has done.
[quote][p][bold]Dafydd y Garreg Wen[/bold] wrote: This devotion that JE has for Hughes is worrying. On Tuesday, with better strikers, he would have gifted Bury two goals. He is simply not good enough for League 2.[/p][/quote]Your obsession with Hughes is more worrying for me,you are like the Chapman bashers,not heard until something goes wrong. I don't like to single players out,but at least 2 of Burys chances were down to Blakey and Feeny,but i guess that don't fit in with your views. And just for good measure,how we manage to play any football on that cabbage patch is beyond me. Considering everything thats gone on at this Football Club this season just be grateful to the fantastic job Justin has done. Clever Trevor
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Clever Trevor wrote:
Dafydd y Garreg Wen wrote:
This devotion that JE has for Hughes is worrying. On Tuesday, with better strikers, he would have gifted Bury two goals. He is simply not good enough for League 2.
Your obsession with Hughes is more worrying for me,you are like the Chapman bashers,not heard until something goes wrong.
I don't like to single players out,but at least 2 of Burys chances were down to Blakey and Feeny,but i guess that don't fit in with your views.
And just for good measure,how we manage to play any football on that cabbage patch is beyond me.
Considering everything thats gone on at this Football Club this season just be grateful to the fantastic job Justin has done.
Blake & Feely were superb on Tuesday so don't knock them Clevor Trevor.
Hughes tries his best but we need Jackson Saturday to stop Zeb being parked out wide chasing his shadow.
"Fantastic" is a bit over the top. Last year spot on but this year I think an okay is more like it.
If we keep the same team and god help us if we do its going to be another nil - nil especially if Crowe leads the attack again.
Still don't see getting a point at home to a bottom struggling club is something to boast about either.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Trevor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dafydd y Garreg Wen[/bold] wrote: This devotion that JE has for Hughes is worrying. On Tuesday, with better strikers, he would have gifted Bury two goals. He is simply not good enough for League 2.[/p][/quote]Your obsession with Hughes is more worrying for me,you are like the Chapman bashers,not heard until something goes wrong. I don't like to single players out,but at least 2 of Burys chances were down to Blakey and Feeny,but i guess that don't fit in with your views. And just for good measure,how we manage to play any football on that cabbage patch is beyond me. Considering everything thats gone on at this Football Club this season just be grateful to the fantastic job Justin has done.[/p][/quote]Blake & Feely were superb on Tuesday so don't knock them Clevor Trevor. Hughes tries his best but we need Jackson Saturday to stop Zeb being parked out wide chasing his shadow. "Fantastic" is a bit over the top. Last year spot on but this year I think an okay is more like it. If we keep the same team and god help us if we do its going to be another nil - nil especially if Crowe leads the attack again. Still don't see getting a point at home to a bottom struggling club is something to boast about either. Harps62
  • Score: 5

11:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

Trouble is we flattered to deceive first half of the season and that led to what were probably unrealistic expectations. I would guess that most of us would have settled for survival at the beginning of the season with hopes of building for the future. I see the growth of County as a marathon rather than a sprint and we shouldn't forget how far we have come from the darkest days.
Trouble is we flattered to deceive first half of the season and that led to what were probably unrealistic expectations. I would guess that most of us would have settled for survival at the beginning of the season with hopes of building for the future. I see the growth of County as a marathon rather than a sprint and we shouldn't forget how far we have come from the darkest days. jetspotter
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11:25am Sat 29 Mar 14

Pianoman42 says...

Given everything that has happened from the pitch being waterlogged for weeks on end, injuries everywhere, I think County staying in league 2 was the first priority, and that has been achieved, whatever the results from now on.

The teams below also play each other enough times that the safe points total for staying up this season will be about 48, in my opinion.

So let's all enjoy the remaining games and call this a successful season, whatever the final position.

Up the County!

A County win today, but Portsmouth to stay up afterwards....it would be a great loss if they didn't.
Given everything that has happened from the pitch being waterlogged for weeks on end, injuries everywhere, I think County staying in league 2 was the first priority, and that has been achieved, whatever the results from now on. The teams below also play each other enough times that the safe points total for staying up this season will be about 48, in my opinion. So let's all enjoy the remaining games and call this a successful season, whatever the final position. Up the County! A County win today, but Portsmouth to stay up afterwards....it would be a great loss if they didn't. Pianoman42
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