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Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh rues lack of confidence

16 March 2014

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh claimed that his team have forgotten how to win after they drew 1-1 with Exeter City.

The result means that the Exiles have now only won once in their last 14 games and the County boss believes his side's poor form led to a "nervous" performance.

Exeter took the lead thanks to a Harry Worley own goal, but Newport levelled a minute later through midfielder Lee Minshull.

A draw was a fair result in a game that lacked cutting-edge chances. However, a late spell of Exeter pressure could have seen the men from Devon snatch all three points.

Edinburgh said: "I can't fault my players' endeavour and desire.

"I would describe that as a nervous performance. But the players didn't get despondent. We got back on level terms quickly which showed this teams' character.

"Confidence plays a major part in football and we're lacking that at the moment. We've forgotten how to win but it feels good to get a point in a scrappy game like the one we saw.

"We're looking up. We still have games in hand so this is a point gained as results went our way on Saturday.

"The crowd were fantastic, they really got behind their team and drove them on to get a hard-earned point.

"We're having a tough time of it at the moment but going through this spell will make the football club a whole lot stronger than it was when I took over at the helm two and a half years ago.

"You have to ride unlucky times out. It's all about confidence, when you have it you can make better decisions and balls fall your way but we have to continue to work hard."

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale said: "We've won a hard fought point. We're disappointed that we conceded a goal immediately after our opener but I'm pleased with how my players applied themselves.

"We finished the game strongly and that is pleasing. Every point is vital in this league and there were certainly some excellent performances from our players out there.

"We were over-anxious and over-eager for their equalising goal. We gave a soft free-kick away after being too eager to challenge for possession and then we defended too deep for the goal.

"Sometimes you have to calm down and make sensible decisions."

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