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Burton Albion defender Phil Edwards relieved to get a point from trip to Newport County

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

UNDER PRESSURE ... Burton keeper Jon McLaughlin comes for the ball in a crowded box.

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PHIL Edwards admitted that Burton Albion were fortunate to escape with a point from Newport County.

The Brewers were under-par against the Exiles on Saturday, with John Mousinho's goal digging a 1-1 draw out after Ian Sharps' own goal gave the hosts the lead.

"I think in the end we're a bit thankful for the result really," said right-back Edwards.

"That was well below-par from what we've been in previous weeks but in the end we could've snatched it with Lucas (Akins') chance.

"But overall we've got to be happy with a draw."

Edwards, who made one crucial block to deny Newport an almost certain second goal, says Albion have only themselves to blame for the performance.

"I think our downfall was short passes," he said. "We were putting ourselves in trouble and that's where they were creating chances.

"But they didn't really carve us open, it was through our own fault.

"In the first half, they were all over us really and we put ourselves under pressure – we played into their hands.

"In the second half, we did a lot better and created more chances, but overall we weren't good enough."

Despite the disappointment with the performance, the 28-year-old says a point from Rodney Parade is a good one.

"If you don't play well it's still good to pick up points, especially away from home at a tough place," he said.

"They haven't won at all this season, but it's a hard place to come to and we're thankful for the point in the end.

"Before the game, we wouldn't have settled for a point the way we've been playing, but as the game went on a point was probably a good result in the end.

"We can't ask for any more than being unbeaten in the first five games, really. To win four of them is a good return."

As for his tussle with Robbie Willmott down the Albion right, Edwards says the wing-back formation used by Newport made his job more difficult.

"He's got pace and trickery and with them playing wing-backs it was hard to go right up against him because he was dropping so deep and I didn't want to leave the space in behind," said the former Accrington man.

"So sometimes I couldn't go too tight and he was able to get three crosses in.

"If they'd played a normal 4-4-2 I could've got tighter to him, but I thought I did okay."

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