Sky’s the limit for Ed­in­burgh and Ex­iles

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

NEW­PORT County boss Justin Ed­in­burgh be­lieves his side can achieve any­thing if they main­tain a clin­i­cal touch in front of goal.

The Ex­iles pow­ered to their big­gest league win since the open­ing day of last term as a Joe Pigott dou­ble and goals from Is­mail Yakubu and Aaron O’Con­nor saw them win out de­spite Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa’s con­so­la­tion strike for the vis­i­tors.

“I am thor­oughly de­lighted, we’ve not been clin­i­cal enough of late and we were and were wor­thy of the three points,” Ed­in­burgh said.

“We scored goals at the right times, the first was a re­ward for be­ing on top and get­ting the sec­ond so close to the re-start re­ally gave us that foothold in the game that we needed.

“We ex­ploited the space in the sec­ond half be­cause they had to chase us and we man­aged to score some good goals in the process.

“I think we have con­tin­ued to progress this sea­son with our per­for­mances and we had to be re­ally solid and I thought our back three were mag­nif­i­cent against a real hand­ful.

“I have to make the tough calls as man­ager and luck­ily it has paid off this week­end be­cause we de­fended well, I am pleased with the whole per­for­mance.”

Wim­ble­don boss Neal Ard­ley felt the score­line flat­tered the Ex­iles.

“It’s a strange and dif­fi­cult one for me be­cause that was never a 4-1 game,” he said.

“I know the re­sult shows it was but there was not much be­tween the two sides.

“They scored from a set piece in the first half and I said at half-time we needed to raise our game be­cause there was noth­ing to choose be­tween us.

“I al­ways felt we would have chances to score two or three goals in the game.

“In the end we had chances to score five but the mo­ment that changed the game came 20 seconds after half-time.”

New­port were boosted by the re­turn of Mark Byrne, Yakubu and Dar­ren Jones from in­jury and the loan sign­ing of Scott Tan­cock from Swansea as they tore into the vis­i­tors, Yakubu’s headed goal from Rob­bie Will­mott’s cor­ner one of sev­eral first-half ef­forts from the hosts.

How­ever, the ham­mer blow of con­ced­ing 20 seconds after the restart re­ally hit the Dons as Pigott’s de­flected ef­fort from 20-yards made it 2-0, the same player on hand to score New­port’s third as Wim­ble­don com­mit­ted men for­ward.

Ak­in­fenwa’s firm header did give them a glim­mer of hope, but New­port’s Joe Day wasn’t trou­bled again and there was even time for O’Con­nor to add some gloss, blast­ing through a crowded penalty area.


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