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Edinburgh rues lack of luck

Newport boss Justin Edinburgh blamed a sudden change in the weather for his sides 3-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers.

Kaid Mohamed broke the deadlock in first half injury-time with a smart shot on the turn after Ollie Clarke's effort was deflected towards him.

Eliot Richards doubled Rovers' lead after 48 minutes, sidestepping a challenge from Andy Sandell before arrowing a low shot inside the far post from 20 yards.

Rene Howe reduced the arrears for Newport with a first-time shot from Ryan Burge's pass just before the hour mark and Lee Minshull hit a post for the visitors.

But John-Joe O'Toole settled the outcome with a 90th-minute strike from outside the box.

"We deserved a clean sheet at the break because we had put bodies on the line, so to concede just before half-time was very disappointing," said Edinburgh.

"When we came out after the break I thought we were in a different country. Not much went for us on the day."

Edinburgh revealed that he will seek an immediate replacement for Conor Washington when the striker completes his imminent move to Peterborough United.

The Newport boss admitted the deal was "close to being done" and added: "I have a busy few days ahead because we are a bit light on numbers already and if Conor leaves we need to get in a replacement without delay."

Having revealed during the week that he had been subject of an unofficial approach from Northampton, Edinburgh insisted the matter was closed.

He added: "There is nothing more to say. I am Newport manager to stay and there is still a big job to be done at the club on and off the pitch."