Newport County ready to make history, says Justin Edinburgh

Justin Edinburgh

Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh says his players are ready to create history ahead of the Conference Premier play-off semi-final against Grimsby.

The Exiles face Grimsby in the first leg at Blundell Park on Wednesday before the return at Rodney Parade four days later.

"The players realise they can go down in history," said Edinburgh.

"And they will be ever-remembered for the team that took this club back into the Football League."

Newport have bounced back after they fell out of the Football League in 1988 and were wound up a year later with debts of £330,000. The new club started way down the English pyramid league system but are now on the brink of completing their return journey.

"I suppose this game [away to Grimsby], and the one after that, is the most important in the club's history," added Edinburgh.

"So it's a proud moment. But now we're in it we want to win it.

"[Those] are memories that can't be taken away from you and that's why we are in it and that's why I want to be a part of it."

The club, who finished third in the league, secured their play-off spot only 12 months after avoided relegation by just six points in Edinburgh first season in charge.

If Newport beat Grimsby over the two legs they will face either Wrexham or Kidderminster in the play-off final.

"It's been a transformation in a short space of time at the football club. I'm absolutely proud of that," Edinburgh said.

Newport return to Blundell Park less than a week after going down 3-0 to Grimsby in the final match of the regular season.

But Edinburgh rested players for that game and insists the play-offs will be very different encounters.

"Being away from home the emphasis is going to be on Grimsby. They will have the crowd behind them so to start there is going to be a slight bit of caution [from us]," said the former Tottenham defender.

"But I think, as we have done all season, we have got to set out to influence our own game and impose ourselves on Grimsby. That's what we will be setting out to do.

"But being away in the first tie you want to make sure you are in the tie going into the home game.

"It's going to be a tough game up there they have got a good home record, but again we have travelled very well this season.

"I expect a very good game against two sides that are really separated by a fag paper in terms of games won. We have probably got the better goals for ratio but they have got a better goals against.

"I don't think either side showed their hand on Saturday so I expect a different encounter up there."

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