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PRESS| The Gaffer Prepares for a Tough Test Against Accrington Stanley FC

20 April 2017

Club News

PRESS| The Gaffer Prepares for a Tough Test Against Accrington Stanley FC

20 April 2017

Michael Flynn insists his side have now forgotten about the Plymouth game as they prepare for a “tough” test against Accrington Stanley, writes Ryan Robinson.


County remained one point away from safety on Monday following the defeat, but Flynn says his side have mentally got over the result.


“Yes, Plymouth was a kick in the teeth,” he said.


“It’s been brushed under the carpet now. There’s no point dwelling on spilt milk so to speak, we’ve put it behind us and the boys have responded excellently.


“In a strange kind of way, the boys kept going to the end as shown with the goal at the end. They are still showing that fighting spirit and that is exactly what we need."


He added: “Since the game, the boys have been fantastic. They are looking forward to training and have been really bubbly around the place so that gives me every confidence that we will give it our best shot on Saturday to get the three points.


“Plymouth is gone now and we can’t change it. There’s only one way to answer that game and that is on the pitch Saturday.”


The Exiles will be looking to respond against an Accrington side who are unbeaten in their last 15.


That has propelled John Coleman’s men from 21st to 11th and Flynn acknowledged the challenge that his side will face to stop their good run of form.


“It’s a huge game. I said a few weeks ago that there were six cup finals left and now there are three.


“They’re on a great run but we have got a really good opportunity to bounce back to winning ways in-front of our own fans.”


 “John Coleman has put together a great team there. They could have thrown the towel in when they were down the bottom of the league but they’re fighters like us and they’ve got themselves into a strong position.


“I know it’s going to be a tough game but it’s one that I am confident we can come away from as winners.”


He added: “I’ve got a lot of time for John Coleman. I think he’s done an absolutely superb job during his different times at Accrington.


“Their budget won’t be great but he still puts together a team of talented footballers. After Saturday, I will be hoping that they get into the play-offs because it’s a great story. I’m hoping we beat them before that, but I wish him and his team the best of luck after Saturday.”

Flynn also wanted to compliment again the terrific support shown to his team as County registered over 3,700 attendance – the biggest of the season in the league – against Yeovil town.


“I’ll never get fed up of saying it but the fans are huge’” he said.


“The atmosphere at the Yeovil game was the best I’ve heard for a long time and I’d like to thank them for their support, they have been fantastic.”


Some early team-news for the game sees Mark O’Brien and Joss Labadie both return to the side.


Flynn said: “We’ll have Joss and Mark O’Brien back.


“That’s great news because I thought we really missed Mark on Monday. He’s a big boost to have back.”


Two players who will face late fitness tests are defenders David Pipe and Scot Bennett.


Flynn does give them a fighting chance of playing, however.


“Pipey and Benno are touch and go. They are also two big players for this team because you need players who have got experience, energy and leadership to be on the pitch.


“We will be going with the best side available on Saturday and will be giving every opportunity for them to get back fit.”


One player that won’t be filling the void left if either do miss the game is Jamie Turley - after Flynn confirmed the 27-year-old has not quite recovered fully from the knee injury picked up earlier in the season.


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