Edinburgh won't blame Willmott

Justin Edinburgh: Missed penalty not to blame

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Newport boss Justin Edinburgh refused to blame Robbie Willmott for his side's failure to win at Southend.

The Welshmen had to settle for a 0-0 draw at a wet and windy Roots Hall after Willmot failed to convert a second-half penalty.

But Edinburgh was not too critical of the wing-back.

"I don't blame Robbie Willmott for the penalty, he buries them in training every week and it's just one of those things," said Edinburgh.

"I thought he was going to make amends near the end but the keeper made a great save.

"In the first half we definitely had to weather the storm with Lenny Pidgeley making some great saves but we came out of the second half and pushed Southend back and created a lot more chances.

"Overall it is a great point, we've had some tough encounters away from home and I'm happy with our performance here, we have played a lot of games away from home this season already and we need to make sure we push on at home now.

"It is a good clean sheet and point away from home against a very strong Southend team who I'm sure will be in the thick of it come the end of the season."