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League Two

Edinburgh hopes to carry momentum

4 August 2013

Justin Edinburgh revelled in satisfaction after his Newport team rose to the occasion on the club's return to the Football League with a 4-1 victory over Accrington.

A brace from Chris Zebroski and goals from Harry Worley and Christian Jolley handed Edinburgh's newly-promoted side a dream start to life back in the Football League after a 25-year absence.

Danny Webber scored a consolation goal for Stanley on James Beattie's managerial debut at the Lancashire outfit, but that failed to stop the party mood in Wales following Newport's first game back in the top four divisions since they faced Rochdale in May 1988.

Boss Edinburgh said: "It was a fantastic occasion. We got a fantastic result and very good result to round off an emotional and highly-charged day. I don't think it could have gone any better. I'm really pleased.

"It wasn't make or break for our season, but I felt if we got the right result then the momentum would continue from last season.

"The fans have been fantastic and we want them to keep coming and support us.

"The first goal settled us down. Harry would have been an outside bet, to be honest. But we got our stride after that and the front two have pace and stretched them.

"When the chances come along then nine times out of 10 they can finish. We were clinical."

Beattie was left to rue his side's defensive deficiencies.

He said: "We are disappointed with the result and not to get off to a good start, but we didn't deal with the balls into our box.

"We said they weren't going to score with the flick on, it was the second ball we needed to win. We didn't do that twice in either half. We knew what was going to happen because we'd watched videos, but we didn't deal with it.

"Newport created four chances and took them. They are good at what they do. The scoreline is what it is.

"The lads are devastated but our defensive performance wasn't good enough.

"On a positive note, I thought we played well in patches and some of the football was a joy to watch.

"I'm delighted Danny Webber got his goal and on another day he could have had a hat-trick - hopefully that is to come.

"The good thing about football is we have a chance to put things right pretty quickly."

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