Manager Justin Edinburgh focused for Newport's Wembley push

Justin Edinburgh
Justin Edinburgh won the FA Cup with Tottenham in 1991

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh believes his players are coping well with the expectation of being just 90 minutes away from the FA Trophy final at Wembley.

Newport go into the semi-final second leg on Saturday in a healthy position after beating Wealdstone 3-1 at home.

"We know what's at the end of it. We are 90 minutes away," said Edinburgh.

"We have got a good bunch of lads here now. We know if we take our eye of it, it can be easily taken away."

The Exiles went a long way to setting up their first ever trip to Wembley on 12 May with first leg goals from Elliott Buchanan, Nat Jarvis and Darryl Knights.

Wealdstone were given some hope with a Richard Jolly effort.

But despite the two-goal cushion Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup with Tottenham Hotspur in 1991, insists his players are keeping level heads before the trip to the Ryman League outfit at the weekend.

"There's a bit of apprehension but I'd expect that from the players. We know what sort of prize is to be gained," added Edinburgh.

"We are focussed and certainly looking forward to it.

"We know what to expect. They certainly came here and gave them a good account of themselves as they did in previous rounds.

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"We won't be underestimating them that's for sure.

"For me it will be a fantastic achievement. The best I have achieved in my managerial career.

"We've still have two big jobs on out hands. One the second leg on Saturday and two another 10 games of making sure we stay in this division.

"What I'm confident of I have got the right players at this football club now, here for the right reasons and that has certainly showed in our performances of late.

"As a manager you have to use it as a carrot, use it as a positive rather than a hindrance. This cup competition is a real boost.

On his FA Cup win almost 20 years ago Edinburgh said: "There has been a picture around for a while since we had the FA Cup down here. But no it's not about me, it's not about individuals - it's about the collective group."

If Newport reach the final they will play either York City and Luton Town.

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