NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh has again reiterated the need for major surgery to his squad this summer, writes Andrew Penman.
Edinburgh saw his side lose 2-1 at home to Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night and revealed his frustrations with the Exiles’ current plight.
County have won just two of their last 20 matches and only one out of 11 games at Rodney Parade in 2014 to slip to 14th in League Two, just seven points above the relegation zone.
“I’m getting a little bit tired of repeating myself but what we’ve got to do is strive to get as many points as we can between now and the end of the season,” said the Exiles boss.
“Then obviously we need to re-evaluate and we’re going to have a busy summer.
“I need to make big decisions and that’s what I’m paid to do.
“I’ve said to the players that if they think the season is over and their job or their careers are safe then they’re in a false situation.”
County responded well to Tyler Harvey’s opener for the Pilgrims on Tuesday as Chris Zebroski levelled within six minutes.
But three minutes later they were behind again to Conor Hourihane’s strike and never really looked likely to get back into the game.
“As quickly as we got back in the game we shot ourselves in the foot again and the goals we conceded could have been avoided,” said Edinburgh.
“There are times when your frustration gets the better of you.
“It’s endless the number of games we’ve lost by the odd goal in the second half of the season and when you’re chasing games you can’t get back into them all the time.”
Saturday’s home clash with relegation-threatened Wycombe Wanderers looks like a must-not-lose game for County but Edinburgh is sure his side will stay up.
“Obviously mathematically we can still get caught but so can a lot of teams,” he said.
“One more win would more or less guarantee our safety but we have to be positive and look to pick up as many points as we can.
“We’re concentrating on Wycombe now, which is a big game.
“We need to give these fans a home win because it’s been too long now and, as well as we’ve played at home this season, we’ve just got to have a bit more nous to win these games.
“We have to establish ourselves as a Football League side and that’s the next step.”