Newport boss Justin Edinburgh draws on play-off experience

Justin Edinburgh

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh will pass on his own previous experience of the play-offs before his club's semi-final against Grimsby.

Edinburgh guided Rushden & Diamonds to the Conference Premier play-offs in 2010, only to lose over two legs to Oxford United.

Newport are away to Grimsby in Wednesday's semi-final first leg.

"I can only pass on my experiences of making sure the players don't get caught up in the occasion," he said.

"We've been really consistent all year and I've been saying to the players 'go and continue what you've been doing'.

"That's what we've worked all season for and it comes down certainly to two games to start with, and hopefully we look to get the third one.

"Our preparation is all down to two games now."

After travelling to Blundell Park in midweek, Newport will host the second leg at Rodney Parade on Sunday.

County lost 3-0 at Grimsby on Saturday on the final day of the regular season, although Edinburgh insists that result will have no bearing on the semi-final.

Edinburgh says taking Newport into the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs this season is his biggest achievement as a manager.

The Exiles secured a play-off spot only 12 months after they avoided relegation to the Blue Square Bet South by six points and Edinburgh has been pleased with the side's progress.

"We're absolutely delighted with the season so far," added the former Tottenham defender.

"Where we are to where we were last year, I think we've made huge strides and great progress and there's more to come."

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