Ed­in­burgh up­set by Shrews’ re­ac­tion

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By An­drew Pen­man

NEW­PORT County man­ager Justin Ed­in­burgh was elated with a point at Shrews­bury Town but a late red card for An­drew Hughes left a bit­ter taste in the mouth.

New­port frus­trated the high-fly­ing Shrews, just as they had Tran­mere Rovers in mid­week.

But Ed­in­burgh was left fum­ing by Hughes’ straight red for a chal­lenge on James Wesolowski on 85 min­utes.

“I was dis­ap­pointed by the re­ac­tion of the Shrews­bury play­ers when the tackle was made,” said the Ex­iles boss.

“There had been sim­i­lar types of tack­les in the game where our play­ers didn’t re­act so that dis­ap­pointed me.

“It made it hard for the ref­eree and I’m not sure if it was the right decision if I’m hon­est.

“We’ll look at the video and de­cide if we feel we should ap­peal the decision.

“It was a well con­tested game but I didn’t see any­thing that mer­ited that sort of re­ac­tion.”

Ed­in­burgh handed a shock start to 16-year-old de­fender Re­gan Poole, who has al­ready at­tracted the in­ter­est of Manch­ester United.

And the young­ster looked the part at the heart of the vis­i­tors’ de­fence.

“Spe­cial praise has to go to young Re­gan Poole, com­ing in and mak­ing his de­but at 16 and I thought he was out­stand­ing,” added Ed­in­burgh.

“He looked ac­com- plished and showed what a fu­ture he’s got ahead of him.”

Shrews boss Micky Mel­lon, who had seen his side win five out of five at home be­fore Satur­day, was less than happy.

The hosts en­joyed the more clear-cut chances but found vis­it­ing goal­keeper Joe Day in out­stand­ing form as he pulled of a string of su­perb saves to earn the Welsh­men a point.

Day, on loan from Peter­bor­ough United, saved at point-blank range from Louis Akpa-Akpro in the first half.

And he was in fab­u­lous form after the break, claw­ing one ef­fort from sub­sti­tute Ash­ley Vincent off the line and denying Jer­maine Gran­di­son at the death.

“We felt that we were get­ting a bit over­run in mid­field; we weren’t phys­i­cal enough and we felt we had to get a grip of things and get peo­ple up against their three cen­tre­backs,” said Mel­lon, who threw on Vincent, James Collins and An­thony Grif­fith in the sec­ond half.

“We went for it be­cause we al­ways try to win ev­ery game we take part in but we never scored to­day.

“I’m not sat­is­fied with the point.We wanted to win six out of six but you’ve got to look for the pos­i­tives.”

The next one is a home tie against Cham­pi­onship out­fit Nor­wich City on Tues­day night.

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