Ruthless Edinburgh axes goalkeeper

NEW SIGNING: Joe Day speaks to the media with Justin Edinburgh this afternoon

NEW SIGNING: Joe Day speaks to the media with Justin Edinburgh this afternoon

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RUTHLESS Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh has confirmed he will axe goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley from his starting XI to face Portsmouth.

The popular former Chelsea goalkeeper hasn’t enjoyed the best of form so far this term with Newport picking up only a point from their first four league games.

Edinburgh has moved to sign Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Day on an initial one month loan deal from London Road and has confirmed the 24-year old WILL start at Fratton Park.

That means Pidgeley follows Mike Flynn, Ismail Yakubu and skipper Andy Sandell in paying the price for poor early season form.

“We’ve had a few difficulties in goal this season, I spoke with Barry Fry (Posh technical director) and he told me he was looking to get Joe some game time, and I’ve worked with him before at Rushden,” he said.

“We haven’t been as competitive in terms of competition for places as we have been on the rest of the pitch and we’ve decided to bring Joe in to strengthen competition.

“He will play at Portsmouth without a doubt, Lenny hasn’t produced his best form as yet and competition will increase Lenny’s training and competition for his place.

“Lenny’s job now is to force his way into the team, but Joe will have to play well to stay in the team.

“I gave Joe his first team debut at Rushden long before Peterborough came knocking for him and this is a great opportunity for him here.”

Day, 24, is hoping to impress enough to remain at Rodney Parade longer term.

“A goalkeeper needs games and I’ve not really had that chance yet at Peterborough, so it was a real no-brainer to come here and work with a gaffer I’ve played for before.

“It’s got to be a good move to get Football League games, I knew the set-up would be good here and it is, I’ve been very impressed with what I have seen.

“The spirit in the camp is still positive and I’d like to make my mark and make an impression, I know I have to play well.

“I need to prove the gaffer was right to bring me here. I want to play games so after the month, if I’m still involved I’d be happy to stay.”

County now have four goalkeepers on their books, though only for a couple more days as Canadian goalkeeper Simon Thomas will leave on September 1 when his latest month-to-month deal expires.

Second choice goalkeeper Jamie Stephens is still battling back from long-term injury.

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5:37pm Thu 28 Aug 14

sooty001 says...

Yes at least he recognises what a lot of us have known since the Blooper at Reading.
Yes at least he recognises what a lot of us have known since the Blooper at Reading. sooty001
  • Score: 6

7:06pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Harps62 says...

Big shame Lennies loss of form
Been superb until start of this season.
Had to be done though
Big shame Lennies loss of form Been superb until start of this season. Had to be done though Harps62
  • Score: 8

7:42pm Thu 28 Aug 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Will reserve judgement until we've seen the new guy in action. Edinburgh's judgement on 'keepers hasn't been encouraging in the past.
Will reserve judgement until we've seen the new guy in action. Edinburgh's judgement on 'keepers hasn't been encouraging in the past. lowandhardandinthecorner
  • Score: 3

8:29pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

lowandhardandintheco
rner
wrote:
Will reserve judgement until we've seen the new guy in action. Edinburgh's judgement on 'keepers hasn't been encouraging in the past.
Darlow wasn't too bad a choice, was he?
[quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: Will reserve judgement until we've seen the new guy in action. Edinburgh's judgement on 'keepers hasn't been encouraging in the past.[/p][/quote]Darlow wasn't too bad a choice, was he? Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 10

9:06pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Whilst I'm pleased that we've now got more competition for the keeper's spot - and it was definitely needed - I wish Justin would cast his net a little bit further than players that he used to manage at Rusden. It seems to be a constant thing. How about giving your old pals at Spurs a ring and getting a few Spurs youngsters in on loan ?
Whilst I'm pleased that we've now got more competition for the keeper's spot - and it was definitely needed - I wish Justin would cast his net a little bit further than players that he used to manage at Rusden. It seems to be a constant thing. How about giving your old pals at Spurs a ring and getting a few Spurs youngsters in on loan ? Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: 12

9:10pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Whilst I'm pleased that we've got more competition for the keeper's jersey - it was definitely needed, I wish Justin would cast his net a bit further than players he used to manage at Rushden - it seems to be a constant thing. How about giving your old pals at Spurs a ring and getting a few promising Spurs youngsters in on loan ?
Whilst I'm pleased that we've got more competition for the keeper's jersey - it was definitely needed, I wish Justin would cast his net a bit further than players he used to manage at Rushden - it seems to be a constant thing. How about giving your old pals at Spurs a ring and getting a few promising Spurs youngsters in on loan ? Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: 2

10:51am Fri 29 Aug 14

bodffordd says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Whilst I'm pleased that we've now got more competition for the keeper's spot - and it was definitely needed - I wish Justin would cast his net a little bit further than players that he used to manage at Rusden. It seems to be a constant thing. How about giving your old pals at Spurs a ring and getting a few Spurs youngsters in on loan ?
Or even David Cornell, great young keeper at Swansea :) Hard on Lenny, but he will come good again, no doubt, on his day best keeper in this leauge
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Whilst I'm pleased that we've now got more competition for the keeper's spot - and it was definitely needed - I wish Justin would cast his net a little bit further than players that he used to manage at Rusden. It seems to be a constant thing. How about giving your old pals at Spurs a ring and getting a few Spurs youngsters in on loan ?[/p][/quote]Or even David Cornell, great young keeper at Swansea :) Hard on Lenny, but he will come good again, no doubt, on his day best keeper in this leauge bodffordd
  • Score: 3

4:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

jiffygeorge says...

Completely agree with above comments about JE constantly going back to players he's previously worked with. About time we gained some new contacts and some new faces.
Completely agree with above comments about JE constantly going back to players he's previously worked with. About time we gained some new contacts and some new faces. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 3

5:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

NakedDancer says...

Dafydd y Garreg Wen wrote:
lowandhardandintheco

rner
wrote:
Will reserve judgement until we've seen the new guy in action. Edinburgh's judgement on 'keepers hasn't been encouraging in the past.
Darlow wasn't too bad a choice, was he?
I though Ian McLoughlin did well in a struggling team last season.
[quote][p][bold]Dafydd y Garreg Wen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: Will reserve judgement until we've seen the new guy in action. Edinburgh's judgement on 'keepers hasn't been encouraging in the past.[/p][/quote]Darlow wasn't too bad a choice, was he?[/p][/quote]I though Ian McLoughlin did well in a struggling team last season. NakedDancer
  • Score: 5

5:38pm Fri 29 Aug 14

NakedDancer says...

bodffordd wrote:
Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Whilst I'm pleased that we've now got more competition for the keeper's spot - and it was definitely needed - I wish Justin would cast his net a little bit further than players that he used to manage at Rusden. It seems to be a constant thing. How about giving your old pals at Spurs a ring and getting a few Spurs youngsters in on loan ?
Or even David Cornell, great young keeper at Swansea :) Hard on Lenny, but he will come good again, no doubt, on his day best keeper in this leauge
Totally agree about Lenny, great keeper at League 2 level - hope he finds his form again.
[quote][p][bold]bodffordd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Whilst I'm pleased that we've now got more competition for the keeper's spot - and it was definitely needed - I wish Justin would cast his net a little bit further than players that he used to manage at Rusden. It seems to be a constant thing. How about giving your old pals at Spurs a ring and getting a few Spurs youngsters in on loan ?[/p][/quote]Or even David Cornell, great young keeper at Swansea :) Hard on Lenny, but he will come good again, no doubt, on his day best keeper in this leauge[/p][/quote]Totally agree about Lenny, great keeper at League 2 level - hope he finds his form again. NakedDancer
  • Score: 6

5:57pm Fri 29 Aug 14

asrncafc says...

The terms "Ruthless" and "axes" in the title does not do justice to Lenny Pidgeley.

As I see it, JE has actually brought in a fresh goalkeeper who will have to prove himself. A healthy and wise move that would certainly help Lenny to return to his best form in the interest of Newport County.
The terms "Ruthless" and "axes" in the title does not do justice to Lenny Pidgeley. As I see it, JE has actually brought in a fresh goalkeeper who will have to prove himself. A healthy and wise move that would certainly help Lenny to return to his best form in the interest of Newport County. asrncafc
  • Score: 3

2:13pm Sat 30 Aug 14

AMBERLING says...

jiffygeorge wrote:
Completely agree with above comments about JE constantly going back to players he's previously worked with. About time we gained some new contacts and some new faces.
Yes it's a worrying pattern. Doesn't he have any contacts higher up which would improve this lot ?! The close season signings were the same level as us or below - not inspirational or impressive !
[quote][p][bold]jiffygeorge[/bold] wrote: Completely agree with above comments about JE constantly going back to players he's previously worked with. About time we gained some new contacts and some new faces.[/p][/quote]Yes it's a worrying pattern. Doesn't he have any contacts higher up which would improve this lot ?! The close season signings were the same level as us or below - not inspirational or impressive ! AMBERLING
  • Score: 1

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