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Justin Edinburgh: Draw least Newport County deserved

8 September 2014

Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh was left frustrated despite watching his side snatch a dramatic 1-1 draw with Cambridge United.

Robbie Willmott struck in the 90th minute to cancel out Luke Chadwick's earlier effort just as time looked to be running out at Rodney Parade.

Yet few would have denied the hosts a share of the spoils having dominated the match only to be frustrated by goalkeeper Chris Dunn and the woodwork.

Edinburgh said: "We're frustrated because a draw is the least we deserved. We were outstanding and to come away with nothing would have been a travesty, but we're still bitterly disappointed with only taking a point.

"The performances have been improving with every game but we need to be far more clinical in front of goal because that's the only thing letting us down.

"We've had a shot off the line, one great save and hit the bar, but we know we have to be converting those opportunities.

"However we showed character to keep going and great patience not to start just lumping the ball in the box. We kept playing and got what we deserved."

Aaron O'Connor, Chris Zebroski and Mark Byrne all went close before the break, though Lee Minshull posed the biggest threat.

The tall midfielder had an early effort cleared off the line before forcing an impressive one-handed save from Dunn.

After a goalless first half, Chadwick replaced Ryan Bird only to limp off in the 53rd minute with a suspected hamstring problem. Yet his brief cameo still managed to break the deadlock.

Tom Elliott, later booked, teed-up the former Manchester United wing who curled in a wonderful effort on 48 minutes.

Newport continued to be denied as Byrne struck the crossbar from distance before Willmott raced on to Yan Klukowski's cross late on.

Cambridge manager Richard Money said: "We are disappointed to have given away the goal right at the end but in the cold light of day, we will look back at this as a decent point. That's what we have to take from this.

"Newport are a year ahead of us after they were promoted to League Two a season before so we have to look at the intensity they brought to the game and learn from that.

"They are pretty fierce in their play, they're on the front foot, they win challenges, they're first to everything and they can pass, so that makes them a very good team.

"But we changed things at half-time, brought on Luke a little deeper to influence things and the plan worked almost straight away.

"He scored a great goal but it just summed up our recent luck with injuries that we then lost him just as we were getting on top."

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