“We’re getting into the thick of the Christmas action now. Very disappointed after the way the game turned out at the weekend. I suppose the good thing is, certainly from a players perspective, once you get a game out of your system you’ve got another one coming very soon – so you give yourself every opportunity to put the wrongs, right.
We have got that opportunity and I fully expect us to go to Newport confident and to try and get some points.”
The busy Christmas period means Orient travel to Wales to face County in-between Boxing Day’s loss against Colchester and New Year’s clash away to Walsall.
“It’s very tough, there’s no point in hiding from it. I keep reading this manager said the ‘schedule is too gruelling,’ but it’s there. You have to embrace it, you have to try your best to come through it: One unscathed and two with the best performances and results that you can do.
There’s no point in challenging it until something ever changes. The difficult thing for us; the extra injuries we have picked up haven’t been quite so bad but we have suffered a hell of a lot with illness in the last few days so, we have got to take that into account and bare in mind that it is going to have an impact on some of the players. That is something we’re monitoring until the last possible opportunity.”
Newport are without a League victory in eight and sit three points above the O’s. Michael Flynn is their Manager; the former midfielder made over 100 appearances for the Exiles.
“I know what Michael Flynn is about. He is a man that I don’t know particularly well, I have only met him once or twice in my career, but over the summer he was a fantastic support for me. Calls, texts. In terms of the loss of Justin. He would of felt it too, I’m sure because he will have been close to Justin.
He is a man I have got upmost respect for. His teams are always competitive. We know that Newport is one of those places that people say ‘isn’t a great place to go.’ Whatever kind of form they are in, we know they have got the players to win games of football. They will be doing everything, just as we are, to come out of a run of form i’m sure they wouldn’t have hoped for.”
Justin Edinburgh will be inducted into Newport’s Hall of Fame. Edinburgh spent four years at the Welsh Club, achieving promotion in 2013, with a 2-0 play-off final victory against Wrexham.
“It is another proud day, another difficult day. Another one of those that when the fixtures came out we wondered when they were coming to us or when we were going to go to them. I’ve read about the backing that they have given Justin, in terms of inducting him into their hall of fame, which I think is a magnificent pat on the back for Newport as a football club.
He did wonderful things for Newport as he did for us. It’s another opportunity to remember him, remember him in public because we remember him everyday here. I think it is going to be one of those days which we will all look back on in terms of Justin, but from our perspective – let’s hope we go and get him the three points that he would have wanted.”