Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh backs players to turn poor start around

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh.
Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh.
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Frustrated Newport boss Justin Edinburgh has challenged his players to turn their failing fortunes around.

Newport were beaten 1-0 by Mansfield Town thanks to Chris Clements’ second minute goal to leave County seeking their first point of the season.

Mansfield Town v Newport County'English League Football - Sky Bet League Two'One Call Stadium, Field Mill, Mansfield, England.'19th August 2014''Disappointed Newport County Manager Justin Edinburgh leaves the pitch after the 1-0 defeat.''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

Mansfield Town v Newport County'English League Football - Sky Bet League Two'One Call Stadium, Field Mill, Mansfield, England.'19th August 2014''Disappointed Newport County Manager Justin Edinburgh leaves the pitch after the 1-0 defeat.''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

The Exiles fought back strongly from the setback and nearly equalised through Chris Zebroski’s snapshot on 19 minutes and Andy Sandell’s curling free-kick on 31 minutes.

But they blew a number of second-half chances to get a deserved reward for a dogged display.

Former Stag Aaron O’Connor hit two fierce efforts wide in the closing stages as the game became stretched.

But disappointed Edinburgh says he has every confidence in his players.

“We are playing the right sort of football and creating chances. I have every confidence we can turn things around,” he said.

“Our level of play is good, but when you are not winning matches you snatch at chances and are anxious which is what happened tonight.

“I thought we were the better team for long parts of the game. We need to be more clinical when we create chances and to be tighter at the back.

“We have to regroup, but I am certain that our luck will change if we keep playing like this.

“People will make their judgement that we have lost the first three games, but we have got to be positive.

“You make your own luck and that is what we have got to do. You get punished for your own errors and that happened tonight.

“Only ourselves can change our fortunes. I have got every confidence in myself and the group.

”We just need a result so that we have a platform to build on.”

Newport face a stiff test on Saturday when they entertain promotion-chasing Burton Albion.

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