Edinburgh urges his Exiles on for more
NEWPORT COUNTY boss Justin Edinburgh believes his side have set a benchmark this week for the remainder of their League Two campaign.
The Exiles drew at home with Cambridge on Monday and were 3-0 up on Saturday thanks to goals from Chris Zebroski, Darren Jones and Lee Minshull before the Cobblers produced a late fightback with Lawson D’Ath and Marc Richards on target in the final 15 minutes.
He said:“We did take the gloss off it at the end by conceding two goals, but we controlled the game and were worthy of a 3-0 lead.
“We had to see the game out, we could’ve probably got more at 3-0 and killed the game off, but weren’t able to do so.
“But we picked up from Monday night in terms of the performance, so I am a pleased manager and we want that to be the level we maintain. We have to do that consistently, we have built on a good win and now we’ll look to kick on ahead of two tough away games at Tranmere and Shrewsbury.”
Cobblers boss Chris Wilder felt the late fightback from his side should not hide that the Exiles were the better team.
He said:“We didn’t deserve to get anything from the game.
“It would have been a totally unjust result even though we had them rocking for the last 15 minutes.
“They were the far better side for two thirds of the contest and deserved- ly got the points.
“You have to earn the right to play by winning those first and second balls which they won a lot more of.
“We tried to change our personnel at half-time, we showed good character after conceding the third goal and could have snatched an equaliser, but we wouldn’t have deserved it.”
County blew the Cobblers away in a one-sided first period.
They might’ve led on just 11 minutes when Mark Byrne screwed wide after fine build-up when it was easier to score, but it was only a brief reprieve for the Cobblers.
Newport took control on 18 minutes when Zebroski swept home in a crowded penalty area after Aaron O’Connor’s shot was blocked.
At the other end Ivan Toney was denied by a brilliant save from Joe Day.
And County struck moments later when Jones smashed home from 25-yards via a deflection when the Cobblers failed to clear a set-piece. And Minshull headed home unmarked just after the interval to make it three.
But when new signing Joe Pigott missed two headed chances, the visitors got back into the game thanks to a smart solo effort from D’Ath. And a grandstand finish was on when Richards headed home his seventh of the season, but County held on.
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