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POST-MATCH | The Gaffer says the club are “always fighting” as they prepare to travel to Portsmouth.

22 March 2017

Mike Flynn says the club are “always fighting” as they prepare to travel to Portsmouth.


County narrowed the gap on safety to just six points with a 1-1 draw with Luton Town FC yesterday, and Flynn believes it was a point well-deserved.


“Seven out of twelve points, I would have taken that before I came in,” he said.  “It closes the gap to two games and we hope it begins to put pressure on the other teams and they start feeling it.



“Apart from the first 15 minutes of the second half, I thought we were right in the [Luton] game and created some good chances.


“We are always fighting [to close the gap], and we will always be fighting as-long as I’m here that’s for sure.”


One of the positive aspects for Flynn during the Luton game was of the team’s general performance in-front of the home crowd.


And he paid tribute to the County faithful after the game.


He said: “The fans are special; and I love that they are fully behind us. And I’m glad we can now give them something to really shout about.”


Recent history has been kind to County at Fratton Park, with the Exiles winning all three of the fixtures at Pompey since returning to the Football League; without conceding a goal.


In fact, it was Flynn’s double that started that good run and he expects that to continue.


“We’ve gone there for the last three years and won,” he said.


“I’m confident and I believe in the players. The fight they have shown me and the chances they are creating now is very encouraging.


“I’m hoping the boys go and enjoy themselves on a great pitch.”


Sean Rigg was County’s man of the match on Tuesday after his free-kick ensured the points were shared.


And he also spoke of his optimism ahead of playing at Fratton Park.


He said: “I remember being at other clubs when near or around the top and playing the bottom clubs was always a hard game because they’re always fighting for their lives.


“I think we’ve picked up in the last few games and I can’t see why we can’t go there and give them a good game.


“At the end of the day, anybody can beat anybody in this league.”


Some positive early team news for County is that every player came off on Tuesday without an injury.


That leaves only long-term absentees Lenell John Lewis, Jamie Turley and Ben Tozer missing through injury for the Exiles.


Mark O’Brien is suspended after his red-card on Tuesday night.


And Flynn believes it’s good to have strong strength in depth throughout the squad.


“They’re all fit – I think it’s only Jamie, Lenell and Ben who are inured so they are the three that are ruled out at the moment.


“It means there’s competition for places and that is really encouraging.”


Watch the full interview on Exiles Player TV.


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