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Edwards: We Understand Fans' Frustrations
Wednesday, 27th Jan 2021 11:36

Winger Gwion Edwards says the Town players understand fans’ frustrations and feel the same way with last night’s 1-0 home defeat to Sunderland seeing the Blues drop to 10th in League One.

Despite losing Kayden Jackson to a 10th-minute red card, Town never looked like being beaten heavily with Charlie Wyke’s goal just before half-time the difference between the teams, while the Blues had one or two opportunities of their own.

“I haven’t seen the tackle back but I don’t think he’s meant to do it,” Edwards said of Jackson’s challenge that led to his dismissal.

“But it’s very difficult then to go on and try and nick something from the game.

“But I think the lads put a shift in and kept it 1-0. It was a shame we didn’t get to half-time at 0-0 but maybe with 11 on the pitch we’d probably have taken something from tonight.”

Edwards was playing only his third game after returning from a hamstring injury which had sidelined him since November, but despite very heavy conditions and being down to 10 men, he came through the match OK.

“I felt alright, to be fair,” he reflected. “It was a very tough game for everyone and when you’ve just come back from injury, that’s not ideal.

“But I’m a fit lad, so it was alright. It was a big shift from everyone and I can’t praise everyone enough for putting that shift in tonight and we probably could have nicked something. We only had a couple of chances, but with 11 on the pitch we probably get a result tonight.”

However, the battling display did nothing for the Blues’ current situation with the loss Town’s sixth in their last seven at home. Overall, Town have taken just 10 points from their last 10 matches, hardly promotion form. In a form table over those games they sit 18th.

The Blues are now 10th, five points off the play-offs, 10 off second and 13 away from leaders Lincoln City.

“It’s frustrating for us all,” Edwards admitted. “We’re feeling it in there and we’ve just got to stick together and keep going.

“All you can do is keep working hard and hopefully you get that little bit of luck and you turn it around and you string a few results together.

“There’s no reason why we can’t do it, we’ve got a good side and like you’ve seen tonight, we’ve been down a man and we’ve stayed in the game all game and had a couple of chances, so with 11 on the pitch tonight we’d probably nick something and it’s a different story.”

He knows the Blues can’t afford not to take those opportunities when they come: “Obviously not, we need to take them and we need to stop conceding as well. The lads have put a shift in tonight, it was a really difficult game and it could have been a different story if we had 11 on the pitch.”

Manager Paul Lambert is coming under more and more pressure as the Blues slip down the table, but Edwards feels the Blues boss knows that comes with the territory.

“You know what it’s like in football, the gaffer knows what it’s like in football,” he said. “You need the results and we’ve just all got to stick together and keep working hard and hopefully we can get those results and turn it around.”

Reflecting on his return to action after more than two months out, he added: “It’s great to be out there again, obviously it’s frustrating and disappointing with the results but I’ll keep on trying as hard as I can and hopefully I can get those goals or crosses into the box to set someone up so we can turn it around.”

He added: “To be fair, I felt good out there. Even on Saturday, I felt good, I had a couple of chances on Saturday, I probably should have finished them, so hopefully on Saturday coming I can get a chance and put it away and we can get back at it and the team can get results.”

Prior to his hamstring injury, Edwards had been one of Town’s outstanding performers, scoring five goals: “I was flying, it was difficult, it happened in training and then I had a little setback again then. I probably would have been fit then by Christmas and then the training ground closed.

“It’s a strange season, it’s a strange world out there for everyone, not just us. We’ve just got to stick together and hopefully we can get our bit of luck and turn it around.”

Town will need Edwards to get back on the goal trail with Jackson suspended for three games following his red card, Oli Hawkins out due to knee surgery and James Norwood struggling with his hamstring problem.

“We’re not getting any luck out there, we’re struggling with strikers this year, for whatever reason,” the Welshman continued.

“All I can do is try my best and hopefully I can get a few more goals. I’m confident I can, confident the other lads in the team can, whatever it is, set pieces or from open play, I’m confident we can get goals. We need that little bit of luck. We’ll stick together and we’ll keep on going.”

The former Swansea trainee is relishing playing on his preferred left flank: “It’s been nice to be out there. I don’t mind playing on the right but I’ve played left all my career and I’ve scored most of my goals this season playing there.

“Hopefully on Saturday I can nick that goal and get my form back and try and lift the spirit in the team and get the result.”

Edwards felt for Luke Thomas, who made his full Blues debut on the right against the Black Cats.

“It was a difficult game for him tonight, he’s come in and he’s put a great shift in and you can see he’s got something about him,” he said. “Even on Saturday he had a few nice little runs.

“It was a difficult game for him, hopefully he recovers well and he can go again Saturday and add something to the team.”

Asked what he says to supporters who currently critical of their team’s performances and down in the dumps, he said: “We totally understand them, we understand they’re frustrated. We’re frustrated, we want the results.

“It’s their right to be frustrated, they want us up there, we want to be back up there. We should be in the Championship.

“Where we are in the league is not where any of us want to be, so they’ve got to stick together, stick with us. We’re sticking together to try and work as hard as we can to try and get back up there, not just for us but for them. We want to try and get back up there in the Championship so we can give something back for them.”

Edwards, who joined the Blues for £700,000 in the summer of 2018 from Peterborough, is out of contract in the summer, Town having taken up the one-year option on his current deal at the end of 2019/20.

Quizzed on whether there has been any progress on a new deal, he said: “I’m just concentrating with playing. I’m happy playing, I’m playing on the left and all I can do is try and add goals to the team and we’ll see, whatever happens, happens.”

Have there been any discussions regarding a new deal? “Nothing since last year and a little bit in the summer, but I’ve no personally heard anything since.

“I was happy to keep playing and seeing how the season goes, give my all and try and do the best for the team and then I’m guessing we’ll discuss it in the summer.

“Like I said, I’m enjoying playing my football, I’m playing in my position, I’ve scored a few goals, so if I can carry on adding goals, I’m sure they’ll come up with something.”

But he admits there may come come a point where he might look at options elsewhere: “Of course, it’s one of those things. But I’m not really looking into it too much, I’m enjoying playing on the wing, so if I can add some goals to the team and get us up there, then that’s all I’m concentrating at the minute.

“I’m not concentrating on contracts or where I’m going to be next summer, if I’m here or somewhere else. Obviously, it’s a great club to be at, it’s a great club and I want to get us back in the Championship.”

But, like any other player, the Carmarthen-born wideman wants to play at the highest level he can and joined the Blues in the second tier.

“I didn’t come here to come to League One, to be honest,” he said. “I signed for the club thinking we were going to be up there in the Championship, but for now the task is to get us back there, and that’s all I want to do is get us back to the Championship.”

Town have beaten only two teams currently in the top 10, Accrington and Crewe earlier in the campaign when the Railwaymen were well down the table, while losing eight games against sides at the division's top end.

Edwards admits that record can’t continue if Town are to be in the promotion shake-up: “We needed the win and, as I said, with 11 on the pitch we probably nicked something, I don’t think there was too much in it.

“We kept it 1-0 all game with a man down, so with 11 on the pitch we probably get a result. We had a couple of chances and the lads put a great shift in, that’s all we could have asked.

“When something like that happens you’ve just got to work as hard as you can, and we did that tonight. Hopefully on Saturday we can go again and we can get a result.”

He added: “They’re a great bunch of lads in there, every day in training we go again. The results haven’t been great, we know that, we understand the frustration from the fans, we’re frustrated.

“They want to see us winning, they want to cheer is along, we want to win and give them something back. We’re working hard to do that and hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later.”

Looking to Saturday’s visit to Crewe Alexandra, one place and one point above the Blues having played three more games, Edwards knows it won’t be an easy fixture with the Railwaymen having lost only their first game in 11 in League One at Gillingham 4-1 last night.

The Blues won the Portman Road match between the teams 1-0 but the result might well have gone the other way.

“I think we nicked the result,” he admitted. “They were a good side and it’s another tough game again, there’s no easy games in this league.

“We’ll recover right and we’ve got to go again, we’ve got to go out there on Saturday give everything we can and find something to try and nick the result.”

Crewe have lost impressive right-back Perry Ng to Cardiff City since the start of the transfer window, however, Edwards knows the Alex will still be difficult opposition.

“Maybe, but it’s still going to be a tough game, we’re not going to go there thinking we’re definitely going to get the three points, but we’ll do there and put a shift in like we did and we’ll try and create more chances and try and tighten up at the back, and hopefully we can get that bit of luck to turn the results around and climb back up that table.”

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Blue_Meanie added 11:44 - Jan 27
Not good enough- player or statement

Cloddyseedbed added 11:45 - Jan 27
You are one of the lazy uninterested players that make us what we are.

BettyBlue added 11:47 - Jan 27
We're not frustrated, we've given up on the club, the owner, the manager and the players.

You don't have fans anymore. You don't have a revenue stream anymore.

That should frustrate Evans.

We don't even have any players that we could sell.

ChrisFelix added 11:50 - Jan 27
Sadly we are heading in one direction only under Lambert. The players can trot out the same story game after game but the relegation form is eventually leading to the sack

BlueySwede added 11:53 - Jan 27
Some over the top harsh comments from "fans" at the moment. Edwards is a bit hit and miss, but one of few players that actually can make something happen in our attack. And I don´t agree at all that he is lazy or uninterested. He would probably be better if we played more on the wing.

DoseOfReality added 11:59 - Jan 27
The players don't realise just how poor they are and have been for ages, the vast majority are simply not good eneough & I thought we had problems signing the likes of Alan Lee all those years ago - Look how far we have fallen - watching this rubbish every week and listening the the same Sh1te from a different shirt

Club is dead to me and 3 generations of my family until the failure that is Marcus Evans is gone.

No entertainment, No passion, No progress, No hope, No interest, NO FANS

It is impossible to contemplate Evans tenure being more of a failure than it already is... but we all know in our hearts it will & lge 2 beckons .. and it's killing the club

cromwellblue added 12:00 - Jan 27
Today’s sacrificial lamb


BobbyBell added 12:01 - Jan 27
I believe we have the players to win promotion but they are not allowed to play the football that they want to play. All this tippy tappy sideways and backwards passing achieves nothing. It's no good floating like a butterfly if you can't sting like a bee. We have no idea how to sting.

TimmyH added 12:01 - Jan 27
I wish they'd just stop commenting and get their heads down and work's just a lot of waffle. When was the last time we saw an entertaining game at PR? opening day of this season?

90z added 12:05 - Jan 27
It annoys me when players come out and say this & that but fail to excute what they say during games. Same old talk. 😴

rkear added 12:08 - Jan 27
Where is the injury update!. What is the current situation with KVY as Chambers, good captain though he may be, just gives the ball away every time he gets it. His control and passing ability are terrible.

1RWR added 12:11 - Jan 27
Bit harsh cloddy, Edwards is only one of a handful of decent players we have.
To be fair, comments like yours are not really needed.

BlueArrow added 12:11 - Jan 27
Action speaks louder than words. No more money from me until Evans has gone.

SteveDt added 12:12 - Jan 27
Blah blah blah , until Evans goes we will be hearing / reading the same thing over and over

Churchman added 12:13 - Jan 27
Today’s serving up of tripe. Bet they all had a good laugh before sending Edwards out to deliver the rubbish.

RonFearonsHair added 12:13 - Jan 27
We had a huge slice of luck with the penalty miss on Saturday. The result was still the same.

CalneBlue added 12:13 - Jan 27
Lots of talk here about putting in a shift and nicking something. Sounds like we're back in the MM era!

Really struggling to see where the goals are going to come from ...

BettyBlue added 12:20 - Jan 27
Be lucky to finish in top half of table.

What's there to complain about?

EatonBlue added 12:38 - Jan 27
I’m not going to blame Gwion or any other player. Although Lambert has had appalling luck, he is ultimately responsible for setting up the right system and motivating the team.

carlgibbs13 added 12:42 - Jan 27
"Winger Gwion Edwards says the Town players understand fans’ frustrations and feel the same way"
If this statement was true, then the players would be calling for Lambert to be sacked too?

Bert added 12:55 - Jan 27
I'm sure Edward's words are sincerely meant but it is not good enough to simply understand our frustrations. All the players have got to go the extra mile. Edwards when on form gives us a spark that is lacking elsewhere. With two wingers we should be able to put crosses in but if Lambert sticks with one up front then the frustrations, fears and anger is going to boil over. This slumber in the camp must give way to energetic performances which most are capable of but seldom deliver.

DifferentGravy added 12:56 - Jan 27
There’s no reason why we can’t do it, we’ve got a good side and like you’ve seen tonight, we’ve been down a man and we’ve stayed in the game all game and had a couple of chances, so with 11 on the pitch tonight we’d probably nick something and it’s a different story.”

A record of 3-1-6 in the last ten games.......2 of those unconvincing wins against bottom of league......does not suggest we can get promotion......and we certainly shouldnt be trying to nick points here and there(which Edwards alluded to on three occasions). We should be attacking teams and beating them.

You can send every player out and claim you are all together in this.....but until Lambert goes the cohesion, morale, confidence, quality of football and league position wont improve.


MonkeyAlan added 13:03 - Jan 27
Not good enough. Lazy and only half baked efforts. Another pub player. Just not up to it. As for the comments, we've heard it all before. Not interested in the excuses. Evans you muppet.

runningout added 13:05 - Jan 27
Our creativity is non existent. Harrop isn’t a miracle worker on his own (When/if playing). Players have got to be aware of their responsibilities like I am at work. If I don’t hit targets I’m shown the door and I expect it and except it

blue86 added 13:10 - Jan 27
Talk is cheap! Fed up with the lot of them. P.S why is Lambert still here..... pathetic.

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