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POST-MATCH | Flynn praises first-class Exiles performance in victory over Yeovil Town

8 October 2017

Mike Flynn says he was proud of an “outstanding” whole team performance in the 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town.

Goals in either half did the damage for the Exiles, with both being created by corners from Matty Dolan.

Padraig Amond got the first one on 44 minutes, scoring for the third consecutive game at Rodney Parade, with a header from around six-yards.

Joss Labadie secured the win on 55 minutes, with his own header from a little further out.

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Prior to that, the Exiles captain did everything but score, forcing some good stops from visiting goalkeeper Artur Krysiak as-well as hitting the crossbar, as Labadie won the man of the match award from both the supporters and the matchday sponsor Henry Howard Finance.

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And Flynn says he was pleased with the commanding performance.

“I thought the boys were outstanding today,” he affirmed.

“They moved the ball well, they defended well, chased the ball, closed them down and played some really good football.

“The only disappointing thing really is that we didn’t score more goals today.

“But fair play to the players, after a disappointing result last week, they have come back and again shown what they are about. I thought they were first-class today.”

The timings of the goals also encouraged Flynn, who was delighted to see his side get one right on half-time.

He commented: “You start thinking with the amount chances that we had that you really want that first goal. You start thinking is this going to be our day, does this have 0-0 written all over it so thankfully we managed to get that first goal, a great time to score and they carried it on in the second-half.

“I thought it was a very professional performance today.”

Victory means this is now County’s best start to a Football League season since 1982, with the Exiles currently residing in 8th position.

But Flynn again warned his players to keep their feet on the ground moving forward.

“One game at a time,” he added.

“We have to keep going, it’s a great start but nothing is done yet.

“They all worked as a team today, listened, and did what we asked of them except maybe for scoring a few more goals so it was pleasing.”

Flynn also had his own statistic post-match.

“That’s only the second game since I took over that we have won by more than one goal,” he confirmed.  

“I told the boys about that before the game and we kept our home form going and they managed to keep me happy by winning by more than one goal.”

On a day for records to be broken, it was also the first time that County had kept four consecutive home clean sheets for 42 years.

And Exiles goalkeeper Joe Day must take a lot of credit for that statistic, after pulling off one of the saves of the season in the 20th minute of the game.

Francois Zoko’s effort deflected off Mickey Demetriou to seemingly give the visitors the lead, but even though Day had originally gone the wrong way, he somehow managed to get a hand to it to clip it past the post.

And Flynn was happy to secure another home victory.

“It’s outstanding,” he continued.

“We do a lot of work on set-plays, not just defending but where we can hurt the opposition.

“We’ve scored from two set plays today but like I said, the football we played today was outstanding.

“Matty Dolan has come back in against his old club and was brilliant, Ben Tozer outstanding, Scot Bennett outstanding, I could really go through the whole team because it was first-class.”

Dolan did, however, come in for some individual praise.

“I thought he was brilliant today,” he added.

“I only took him off because he had a kick on the ankle. His delivery was brilliant today and if I was him I would be fuming that I didn’t have four or five assists.

“He had one and a half bad games. You tell me a player that doesn’t have a bad game.

“I took him out because he was tired, he had a few things going on off the pitch but he’s only ever been professional and I’m buzzing for him today.”

Flynn also praised the terrific support at Rodney Parade as reason for the Exiles victory.

“It’s what we need,” he continued.

“This football club is nothing without the fans and they were outstanding today. It was an easy one for them in that we played good football, were dominant but they made a lot of noise and helped the boys today.”

The Exiles secured the 2-0 victory without Mark O’Brien and Robbie Willmott.

And Flynn confirmed post-match that the duo were absent through knocks sustained during the week.

He confirmed: “Both were injuries.

“Mark O’Brien had a dead leg yesterday and failed a fitness test in the warm-up as it wasn’t quite right.

“It gave somebody else a chance, Benno come in and was outstanding and Robbie Willmott has been struggling all week.

“I couldn’t tell you Thursday because I didn’t want Yeovil to know but he’s had a scan today. Thankfully, there’s nothing sinister so he should be back next week.

“It’s a problem with his knee, it was swelling so we had the scan as a precaution and its good news.”

The Exiles now turn their attention to keeping their 200+ day home record alive when Swansea City U23s head to Rodney Parade on Tuesday in the CheckaTrade Trophy.

And Flynn says he may make changes to his starting side for the match, where County need at-least a point to have any chance of qualifying from the group-stage.

“It’s a tough one,” he said.

“Whatever team I put out, whatever game I am a manager of, I always want to win.

“I’ll have a long think about it but there are a few players knocking on the door and a few that will need a game.

“It’ll be a strong team and one that I hope the fans turn up for.” 

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