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POST-MATCH | Michael Flynn finds positives in defeat to Exeter City

27 December 2019

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Michael Flynn says he saw enough positives from Newport County AFC’s performance at Exeter City to prove they can turn things around and start climbing up the table again.

The Exiles ultimately suffered defeat on Boxing Day courtesy of Lee Martin’s first half strike, but Flynn believes there were some good points to suggest County are starting to turn a corner.

County have two home games in the next five days coming up - against Leyton Orient and Cheltenham Town - with the Exiles determined to finish 2019 then start 2020 with the desired results.

Read the full match report against Exeter.

Flynn affirmed: “I thought we competed and battled well, we tried to keep going, but we got to the final third and, if I’m honest, we lacked confidence and quality.

“That was a lot more positive in terms of the way they worked together and kept going as a team than it was second half against Morecambe.

“Exeter grind out wins, they’re in the top three for a reason, they had one chance and took it.

“I’ve got no arguments about the result really because we didn’t really create enough, although I thought Lewis Collins did very well when he came on.”

Sunday’s game against Leyton Orient will be an emotional one for both clubs as the two sides come together to remember Justin Edinburgh.

“Of course it means a lot to me,” Flynn added. “Justin is somebody I have so much respect for.

“I miss him, it’s as simple as that. I’m sure that our supporters and the Leyton Orient supporters will get together that day and do all we can to support the Justin Edinburgh (JE3) foundation.

“We’re on a bad run at the minute, I’m not going to deny that. We’ve got to snap out of it because we’ve got ambitions and we want to do well in this league.

“It’ll turn, I saw enough positives where they stuck together and backed each other that we’ll turn this around.”

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