NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh believes the majority of fans will raise the roof at Rodney Parade tomorrow and admits he’s trying to ignore current negative feedback.
A pointless league campaign to date and a cup exit have left some supporters restless and a small minority even calling for Edinburgh’s head, but he insists he’s trying to maintain a positive environment at the club.
And he’s convinced County’s fans will help to inspire his charges with Newport facing a daunting test against Burton, who have a 100% winning record this season.
“I am not going to comment on negativity, I know what we are trying to do here and since I walked through the door 99% of the fans have been behind me and what we are trying to do,” he said.
“I am not going to worry about the 1% who are looking to sabotage what we are doing here at the football club and the more people I talk with, the more I am told it is part of the history here at Newport to thrive off negativity and failure rather than look to be buoyed by success.
“I’ve been in the game long enough to know it’s never going to always be good times and people high fiving you and giving you a pat on the back, if you think that you’re naive and I’ve told the players that, they need to realise the situation.
“I’m not too fussed by the feedback, be it good or bad and you can’t get too carried away with it.
“I remember my first loss in the promotion season, against Hyde when we were top of the league; someone asked me when I was going to resign! We are in a results industry and at the moment we’ve had four defeats and that’s the reality so people are unhappy.
“But for me, the fan who wants us to do well is going to get behind us now, there is no upside for anyone in being negative, you support your club in good or bad and on Saturday our fans will be very good and very vocal and make it easy for my team to play. I can’t concentrate on a minority of negative people.”
Edinburgh believes there is still plenty of time and encouraging signs that his charges can reverse their fortunes.
“If we cut out the mistakes and take our chances we’ll soon turn it around, I have belief in the players and myself and the coaching staff and I’m trying to reiterate to the players, we can turn this around with a change in fortune and less mistakes from good defenders,” he said.
“I’ve written in my programme notes, it is a 46 game season and we are three games in and nothing is won or lost we may look back on our slow start, but right now we are progressing as a club and you have to believe and I do believe, we will turn it around.
“Burton is a tough test, but every team at the moment against us will start on the front foot because we’ve not had the result that has kick-started our season.
“Burton have four wins and they’ll be full of confidence but at this stage form isn’t an issue, there will always be funny results, every match day and we want one at Rodney Parade tomorrow."