“I’m proud of the players today, even don to 9-men we still took the game to Portsmouth and I thought we deserved to get something out of it,” said Edinburgh.
“I think the two yellow cards for Darcy that kind of thing happens in a game but we’re disappointed with Adam. It’s so out of character and it’s cost us dearly.
“The referee had already given the free-kick but I don’t know if Adam didn’t hear that. But he made a reckless challenge that is very out of character and we’re disappointed with that.
“Adam’s let us down today but we’ll deal with it in house, I’m not going to criticise him. He knows the situation and that it’s something that shouldn’t happen, he knows that but it certainly had a reflection on the game.”
Portsmouth took an early lead when Kevin Feely conceded a soft penalty that Ryan Taylor converted. The visitors doubled their advantage but against the odds, County fought back and pulled a goal back through Ismail Yakubu to force a tense finale.
However, the visitors held on against the 9-men in amber but Edinburgh was proud of the effort that his side gave despite their numerical advantage.
“I think if you take the sending off and the penalty out of the game which was a mistake really, I think in the context of the game we were very good,” said the County manager. “I thought we controlled it. We played the large majority of the game in Portsmouth’s half.
“We had to throw everything we had at them and they caught us on the counter-attack a few times but I think on general play that we were the better side.
“We know the pitch doesn’t help us and people will see that on the tele, its difficult but we’ve got to overcome that. Without doubt the pitch will be improved by next season, but we look back to where we were before the bad weather set in and the problems we had with the pitch we lost the momentum.
“I think that everyone at this football club knew what we wanted to achieve this season and that was maintaining our league status. We’re well down the road to doing that.
“There’s still games to play and we’ll go right to the end and try to accumulate as many points as we possibly can to finish as high as we can for the first time in 25-years in the Football League.
“The league table doesn’t lie but our budget doesn’t lie and the club as a whole wouldn’t lie. You’ve got to look at the clubs above us and we’re probably sitting in a very good position. I’m sure that Nothampton and Torquay would take our position right now.
“I’m really delighted with the players again today, I thought that their attitude and their commitment was very good. Obviously we’re disappointed with the sending’s off and the incidents that cost us players but in general I think the players have given everything they’ve got.”
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