Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh heaps praise on Southend United goalkeeper Daniel Bentley (From Echo)
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Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh heaps praise on Southend United goalkeeper Daniel Bentley
NEWPORT County manager Justin Edinburgh heaped praise on Southend United goalkeeper Daniel Bentley following his side’s convincing 3-1 win at Rodney Parade.
Edinburgh was facing his former Shrimpers side for the first time in a competitive fixture since he left the club as a player, for Tottenham Hotspur, in 1990.
And the Basildon born 43-year-old felt County would have won by a bigger margin if it had not been for Bentley.
“I thought it was our best performance of the season and we would have had five or six if we had not been playing against a goalkeeper who I thought was absolutely outstanding,” said Edinburgh.
“He made some superb saves in that second half to keep it at 3-1 but I’m still very pleased because we played well and beat a very good team.
“Southend have had some very good results away from home this season and I think this was their first defeat on the road since August so to beat them in the way that we did was very pleasing.
“I never felt like we weren’t going to win the game and I thought we were always in control.”
The victory pushed Newport up in to the play-off positions and continued Edinburgh’s excellent work in south east Wales.
The former Billericay Town and Grays Athletic boss led County to promotion via the Conference play-offs last season.
And he is now relishing life in League Two.
“I’m enjoying it and it’s good coming up against managers like Phil Brown, who have been in the Premier League,” said Edinburgh.
“That’s ultimately where I want to get to but it’s been going well with Newport and we’ve shown here today that we’re a very good team at home.
“We’ve had severe injury problems and picked up another two today, but I think this was our best win of the season so of course I’m happy.”