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PRE-MATCH | The Manager's Thoughts Ahead of "Huge" Easter Weekend

13 April 2017

Club News

PRE-MATCH | The Manager's Thoughts Ahead of "Huge" Easter Weekend

13 April 2017

Mike Flynn insists the club are taking things “game by game” as he prepares for two crucial matches over the Easter period, writes Ryan Robinson.


County face Yeovil Town FC at Rodney Parade tomorrow, before facing a trip to promotion-bound Plymouth Argyle.


But Flynn says the concentration is for now solely on Darren Way’s side.


He said: “I said last week that it was a massive game but this weekend is huge. We’ve got a home game now which we look to get maximum points out of before a very tough away game Monday at Plymouth.


“We’re not focusing on Plymouth yet because we take things one game at a time and we want to go out and get the three points tomorrow.”


County face Yeovil in a game where a win may be good enough to get them out of the drop-zone.


And Flynn says the side are feeling positive ahead of the fixture.


“The boys are in good spirits and they have been since I came in,” he added.


“The boys deserve all the credit – they’ve got their heads down, they’ve battled, they’ve done everything I could have asked of them.


“We’ve got to keep that going, nothing is done yet – we’ve been on a great run but that counts for nothing so we have to keep it going to make sure we stay in the football league because it’s huge for everyone, the team, supporters, everyone.


“It would mean everything. It’s absolutely huge, just seeing what it means to everybody – myself, my friends, my family – it’s huge.


“For those who have done so much to get this club back in the football league, it would just be massive and it would mean so much to me to do it. “


He added: “The defence has been solid, really good. Not just the defenders, the goalkeeper, wingbacks, midfield and attack as-well.


“I said from the start that I wanted everyone in it together. We attack together and defend together, we win and lose together – and that is how I want it to be.”


Victory over Yeovil will put County only four points behind the Glovers.


And Flynn believes that would be another positive step for the club.


“We want to beat Yeovil to drag them into the dogfight that we know we can get out of.  If we win, they are definitely dragged into it. But I’ll just be concentrating on what we do - but we know we have a great chance of bringing another team into it so the more brought in, the better the odds for us. One thing is for sure, we will give it everything we’ve got on Friday.”


Ahead of the game, Flynn also wanted to praise his backroom staff that he has brought in.


He said: “Wayne Hatswell and Lennie Lawrence have been absolutely brilliant so we’ve got a good little team together and the boys are now getting the results on the pitch.”


Flynn also believes the fans will be crucial tomorrow.


“We always need the support,” he added.


“For me, being a home town boy and knowing a lot of them is all about that personal touch. I’ve been trying to communicate that to the players and they are taking it on board.


“The fans are outstanding because they’ve had a lot of downs lately so for them to keep coming and supporting us is great. I think they are superb and long may it continue.”


Team-news for the game sees Joss Labadie fulfil the second game of his three-match suspension.


Sean Rigg missed last week’s win with an ankle injury, but could return tomorrow.


Flynn said: “We will have a look how it is today and assess it. The boys who played on Saturday played well and a lot of them deserve to keep their place. There may be one or two changes but we’ll see.”


One of those changes will not be Marlon Jackson. Flynn confirmed he is still missing through injury as is Ben Tozer who has a “bad knee” and Lenell John Lewis.


Some positive injury news has seen Jamie Turley return to training. However, he will not be up for selection just yet.


“Jamie is back. He trained Tuesday, which was good. Obviously, he’s not up for selection yet as he needs more training sessions and reserve games but it’s nice to see him back.”



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