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PRESS | Michael Flynn talks hosting table toppers Plymouth Argyle

16 August 2019

Manager Michael Flynn says he wants Rodney Parade packed to the rafters for tomorrow’s contest against Plymouth Argyle and has targeted a total crowd attendance of 6,000.

The Pilgrims sold all of their allocation – just over 1,000 – well in advance of the trip to South Wales and Flynn is craving close to a sell out for the Exiles.

He affirmed: “I want to pack out Rodney Parade as much as we can and as often as we can.

“On Saturday, they [the summer recruits] will get a taste of a real atmosphere at Rodney Parade. Plymouth travel well, big club, good supporters and it’s going to be a noisy afternoon.

“I’m hoping we get 6,000. If we get a win, it’ll be an unbelievable start to the season.”

Plymouth head to Rodney Parade as the early pacesetters in League Two by being one of only three teams to make a perfect start to the campaign, leading from Swindon Town and Exeter City on goal difference.

Over the summer, they recruited manager Ryan Lowe to the rebuilding project; he brought five members of the squad which secured promotion for Bury FC last year, while the Pilgrims already have some players involved in their last promotion back in 2016/17.

And Flynn is expecting a very difficult afternoon against a team heavily backed to be lifting the League Two title come May next year.

“I’m expecting a really tough game,” he continued.

“I just want to cut out the errors. If we make mistakes, Plymouth will punish us.

“Ryan Lowe is a good up and coming manager, Danny Mayor is probably the best player in the league, and we’ve got to keep him quiet.

“They’ve got other threats as well of course – Moore, McFadzean, Sarcevic in the midfield. They’ve got a good squad and it’s going to be a tough afternoon.

“I don’t know about champions, but they are definitely one of the favourites to go up and I said that before the start of the season.

“It’s been a good start from Plymouth but that’s all it is at the moment.”

County head into the game on the back of a thrilling Carabao Cup victory against Gillingham FC on Tuesday night – a match they won in a penalty shootout.

The reward for progression in Kent is the opportunity to host Premier League West Ham United at Rodney Parade, a match which has subsequently been selected for Sky Sports coverage.

“It’s nothing more than the players deserve,” Flynn added.

“They showed great spirit and fight on Tuesday and another Premier League club coming to Rodney Parade – live on Sky – is good for the books.

“It’s another game where it’s going to be a difficult night, the players will have the opportunity to go up against Premier League players again and we’ll give it our best shot.

“We’ve got nothing to lose. Let’s hope it captures the imagination.”


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