Former Pompey defender’s delight

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh
Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh
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Justin Edinburgh played down the notion of taking any extra satisfaction from his side’s win at Pompey.

The Newport County boss spent two years at Fratton Park as a player between 2000 and 2002 after leaving Spurs, where he played the majority of his career.

Edinburgh was also targeted by Pompey as a potential managerial replacement for Guy Whittingham before Richie Barker was appointed to the role.

But the former Blues defender, who also had a successful testimonial with the club, insisted there was no extra delight at the hard-fought 1-0 victory.

Edinburgh said: ‘I think you always want to do well against your old clubs.

‘That was as a player and not a manager.

‘Every victory is sweet, especially away from home so we will enjoy this one.

‘I enjoyed my time at the club.

‘Andy Awford has done a fantastic job but it’s nice to put that winning run that he had to an end.

‘He’s a good friend so hopefully, he will still enjoy a beer with me.’

Edinburgh’s side have struggled to get going so far this season and the County boss admitted his team needed a slice of luck with the winning goal as Andy Sandell’s free-kick eluded everyone and found the far corner of Paul Jones’ net.

‘We needed a little bit of luck to swing our way,’ said Edinburgh.

‘We have been punished of late and it has been really tough on us.

‘But this time the pendulum has swung our way.

‘Sandell took the free-kick and it nestled in the back of the net.

‘I’m pleased for him and the team. We worked very hard to get those three points and we’re delighted with the result.

‘We’ve got to build on this result now.

‘This game is all about momentum and we need to take this into the next game.’

– STEVE WILSON