Michael Flynn says it was a case of missed opportunities at Rodney Parade as Newport County AFC’s qualification hopes in the Leasing.Com Trophy took a big dent with a 2-0 defeat against Exeter City.
The Exiles had the majority of chances but were wasteful in-front of goal, Grecians goalkeeper Jonny Maxted making a couple of good saves, alongside some wayward finishing.
Exeter possessed more of a clinical edge and took both of their chances when they came. On 40 then 71 minutes, Matt Jay found the net from 20 yards to pretty much guarantee Exeter’s progression in the competition while County’s hopes hang in the balance.
Flynn affirmed: “I thought we missed opportunities first half. We should have gone in three up, but we didn’t take our chances. Second half we just didn’t do as well as we could.
“I was impressed second half with how much Dom [Poleon] kept working. He hasn’t played much lately, didn’t have a pre-season, but he kept going and he looked quite strong towards the end.
“I thought George Nurse and Ryan Inniss were very good. I thought Dom Jefferies did well first half.
“The players might have an extended weekend off, but they’ll be in Wednesday and we’ll go from there.
“It’s not very often that you get to recharge the batteries and I think it could be a good thing. The boys have put a massive effort in so far this season so let’s recharge them ready to go again for the next 12 games.”
LEAGUE TWO | With Saturday’s game against Cheltenham Town postponed, the next opportunity to see the Exiles in League Two action will be 19th October when they host Scunthorpe United. Tickets to be made available online soon.