Ed­in­burgh urges his Ex­iles on for more

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Michael Pearl­man

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.

STAR MAN ADAM CHAPM

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