Michael Flynn insists Newport County AFC should have taken all three points from their home draw with Stevenage and says Jamille Matt’s late equaliser was the least they deserved for their display at Rodney Parade.
The Exiles – ravaged by injury and illness throughout the week – fell behind after 12 minutes when Emmanuel Sonupe seized upon some hesitancy from Josh Sheehan and calmly slotted away the opportunity for his first of the season.
County – who boasted more possession and more shots during the contest – fought back well but couldn’t create too many clear-cut opportunities until George Nurse sent in a pinpoint cross for Matt to head home in stoppage time.
Flynn affirmed: “We gave them the goal and we should have won the game – that’s my assessment of the match.
“We’ve stopped the rot of losing in the league, the players kept going, and that [the late equaliser] was the least they deserved. I’m really made up for them because we’ve got so many injuries, but we kept going. I’m delighted for them.
“I thought Mickey Demetriou was excellent, his first game back in 17 weeks.
“Mickey has worked hard to get himself back, it’s a big phycological thing as well coming through 90 minutes and knowing that his leg is solid.
“I thought the crowd were excellent. They could have got frustrated, there was no moaning or groaning, they got behind the players and you only have to look at the end about the lift they got from that roar.
“Jamma needed that goal. It was weighing on his mind sub-consciously. He deserved that.”
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