Four-goal de­light for Ed­in­burgh

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/ By Alan Parker

NEW­PORT County man­ager Justin Ed­in­burgh en­joyed a dream start on his side’s long-awaited re­turn to the Football League – and he couldn’t get enough of it.

The for­mer Tot­ten­ham defender was made up af­ter a Chris Ze­broski dou­ble in­spired his side to a mem­o­rable win in their first League con­test in 25 years against Ac­cring­ton.

“It was be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions and the goals we scored were a trib­ute to a ter­rific per­for­mance on a great day for the club,” he said.

“There wasn’t much in it at the start, but we were so clin­i­cal and moved the ball well. We’ve car­ried the mo­men­tum from last sea­son and it gives us a lot of con­fi­dence.

“You have to aspire to be suc­cess­ful and I have tremen­dous faith in this group. They dealt with the pres­sure of the oc­ca­sion very well.”

Ac­cring­ton boss James Beat­tie, in the hot-seat for the first time, ad­mit­ted his side had de­fended poorly but felt they’d been un­lucky.

“We didn’t deal with New­port’s balls into the box, twice in both halves, which has been our un­do­ing,” he said.

“On a pos­i­tive note, I thought we played some great stuff and cre­ated chances. Danny Web­ber could have had a hat-trick on an­other day and then it’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent story.

“The lads are dev­as­tated, but we re­main pos­i­tive about the good football. The score­line is what it is.”

The pre-match at­mos­phere at Rod­ney Pa­rade was vi­brant – no sur­prise af­ter the long spell in Non-League wilder­ness for the Welsh club.

The team re­sponded ac­cord­ingly, with the Ex­iles pos­i­tively roar­ing out of the blocks – their trio of sum­mer sign­ings all catch­ing the eye.

In par­tic­u­lar, for­mer Ox­ford man Adam Chap­man stood out, pulling all the strings as New­port en­joyed the bulk of pos­ses­sion and chances.

An­other debu­tant, Ze­broski, had al­ready seen a goal ruled out for hand­ball when Chap­man cre­ated the opener. His long throw was not cleared, al­low­ing defender Harry Wor­ley to drill the ball home in his first start for the Ex­iles – he also came from the Kas­sam Sta­dium this sum­mer.

New­port con­tin­ued to push and, just be­fore the break, scored a stun­ning sec­ond.

Chap­man’s bril­liant run freed Chris­tian Jol­ley, whose per­fect cen­tre was tapped home by Ze­broski, who wasn’t to be de­nied.

The sec­ond half didn’t bring a change in nar­ra­tive and Jol­ley put the Ex­iles 3-0 ahead with a su­perb curl­ing ef­fort to to­tally crush Ac­cring­ton’s spir­its.

New­port’s de­sire to at­tack never di­min­ished, nor the qual­ity of their fin- ish­ing, new man Ze­broski adding a sec­ond just past the hour as he swiv­elled and fired home a first time left-foot vol­ley.

Stan­ley were for­lorn but were gifted a con­so­la­tion by some sloppy de­fend­ing. Ex-Manch­ester United striker Danny Web­ber clipped the ball through a crowd to deny ex-Liver­pool goal­keeper Jamie

Stephens a de­but clean sheet.

PIC­TURES: KI­PAX Pho­tog­ra­phy

OPEN­ERS: New­port’s Harry Wor­ley scores the first goal

JOY: Chris­tian Jol­ley cel­e­brates with Justin Ed­in­burgh

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