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PRESS | Mike Flynn looks ahead to the trip to Crewe Alexandra

11 August 2017

Mike Flynn says Tuesday’s victory at Southend United is nothing but a distant memory for him, as he prepares for a return to Football League action with a visit to Crewe Alexandra this weekend.

 The Exiles followed up their thrilling 3-3 draw at Stevenage last weekend with victory on the South Coast in the Carabao Cup, striker Shawn McCoulksy scoring both goals in the 2-0 victory.

But Flynn won’t dwell on that result and has already turned his attentions to the next test awaiting his players.

“I’m obviously pleased with the start but I’m not getting carried away,” he said.

“I still wish we had taken the three points at Stevenage but the way the boys battled back was excellent and showed what they and this club is all about.

“Tuesday was another brilliant performance against a good League 1 team who will challenge this season.

“But we’ve got another tough game away this Saturday and we have to keep the momentum. Crewe play some lovely football; they’ve got some really good players.

“They put in a good performance against Bolton Wanderers last night in the cup, I had them watched so it’s going to be a tough game and one that we will have to be at our best for in order to get the three points.”

The game at Gresty Road represents the penultimate away trip for Flynn and his players before the first home game of the season against Chesterfield on August 26th.

And while Flynn would like to be unbeaten by the time the game at Rodney Parade comes around, it’s not something that he is paying much notice to.

“If you asked me to choose between two draws or a win and a defeat, I would choose the latter because it’s an extra point.

“Two wins would obviously be the icing on the cake but to be honest, I’m not even looking at Coventry at the minute because we have a tough game on Saturday and that’s taking my full attention at the moment.

“However, I certainly hope the players have got the appetite for winning now.

“Tuesday was a long day for the players but getting the win made it all worthwhile. Hopefully, they can do it again and again because I certainly love winning that’s for sure.”

A return to Cheshire will be Flynn’s first visit to the stadium since taking the side there for his first game in temporary charge.

But Flynn is not getting sentimental about the return, instead focusing on replicating the victory achieved their last season.

He said: “I had a job to do then and I’ve got another job to do now.

“I’m going there to win a football match. That’s the attitude I went there with last season and hopefully we get the same result or even better this time.”

The only negative for County ahead of the trip is the injury sustained by Scot Bennett on Tuesday.

Flynn confirmed the problem is an ankle injury which Bennett sustained early on in the game against Southend, but is unsure as to his availability for the weekend.

Flynn continued: “He might make it but whether I start with him is also a decision I’m going to have to make.

“He’s a little bit sore this morning but it’s not as bad as we thought originally so that’s positive news.

“We’ve got 48 hours for it to heal further and we’ll address it more then. There’s no panic at the moment from me that’s for sure.”

Nearly 600 County fans have overseen County’s opening two fixtures, with 464 making the trip to Stevenage and 130 at Southend United.

And Flynn says he can’t praise the supporters enough for their dedication to the club.

“I’ll never get tired of praising the fans,” he said. “They’ve been through a tough time with the club over the years.

“I think it’ll be similar numbers on the weekend as well which is unbelievable support.

“It’s always nice to drive back down the motorway with three points so hopefully we can put smiles on their faces at Crewe this weekend.”


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