JUSTIN Edinburgh hailed super sub Jake Harris after his double helped Newport to send Northwich out of the FA Trophy.
The front man scored twice in the second half to haul the Exiles level after they had trailed 2-0, Nat Jarvis’ last minute header capping a remarkable comeback.
“Jake has a knack that you can’t coach,” said Edinburgh.
“He livened up the team and gave us a spark and an impetus that had been missing earlier in the game.
“It was a shot in the arm that we really needed.”
He is right.
Northwich led deservedly at the interval when Nathan Woolfe helped Ian Kearney’s shot over the line, then doubled their lead soon after the restart when Ryan Wade’s rocket found the top corner.
For Newport, there appeared no way back.
Edinburgh said: “Northwich were full value for their lead.
“We made a disappointing start to the game and were way off the pace which surprised me as I didn’t see it coming.
“They punished us, and we weren’t in the game at half time.”
Harris headed in Lee Baker’s free kick to halve the visitors’ arrears, then prodded an equaliser when fellow replacement Paul Rodgers’ cross reached him at the back post.
Jarvis’ header, from another Baker assist, was emphatic.
“If the players are honest then they’ll admit they let each other down in the first half,” added Edinburgh.
“Not only themselves, but our magnificent supporters too.
“I didn’t think that was acceptable, so asked a few questions of to which I got honest answers in the second half.
“As a manager I always hope substitutions make an impact, and that’s what happened.”