Newport County confidence delights boss Justin Edinburgh

Justin Edinburgh

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh praised his players for their table-topping start to the new season.

Tuesday's 2-0 win over Hereford United at their new Rodney Parade ground kept County top of the Blue Square Bet Premier with five wins from five games.

That run has also seen Edinburgh named August's manager of the month for how he has molded his new-look side.

"What we have to do is make sure we keep confident rather than arrogant or unrealistic," Edinburgh said.

"Right now it's difficult to keep the players' feet on the ground.

"That's my job, we've got to continue that but also we've also got to enjoy it because it's a fantastic effort.

"We've earnt the right to win every game that we've played in and that's what I've got to keep banging on to these players about.

"They're a new group but I learn a lot about them every day and every game, and they're answering a lot of questions of themselves right now.

"It's good and we're going to continue to enjoy it."

In a game full of incident, County goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley saved Harry Pell's first-half penalty before midfielder Andy Sandell put the home side in front with a stunning 25-yard shot into the top corner.

Aaron O'Connor then fired home Danny Crow's pass in injury time to seal Newport's win.

"I think the game was an outstanding advert for the Conference," Edinburgh added.

"The two goals would grace two or three levels above.

"The atmosphere is what we're in football for so it's a fantastic night for us here and one that we'll remember for a long while.

"We knew there was going to be a big crowd and we knew that whatever result we came off the pitch with, we put in a performance for them."

The only blot on the evening was Edinburgh being sent to the stands by referee Graham Horwood for kicking a ball away.

"I'm disappointed in myself," admitted Edinburgh. "I've rolled the ball back to where the throw-in was to be taking place, I've asked the ref to give a reason why but he reckons I'm not allowed to touch the ball.

"It was in my technical area and I've passed the ball, under-hit the pass to where the throw-in was meant to be taken.

"But less spoken about that the better and let's talk about the team and the performance."