Manager Michael Flynn hailed a battling Newport County AFC performance which saw them secure a point in an entertaining 1-1 draw with Macclesfield Town at The Moss Rose.
Padraig Amond’s fifth goal of the campaign after just 50 seconds got County off to a flier in Cheshire. Robbie Willmott’s corner wasn’t dealt with by the home side, Amond nipped in and fired under Owen Evans into the bottom corner.
The Irishman came mightily close to a second on two occasions around the 15th minute mark but was thwarted by the Newport born Macclesfield goalkeeper, the Silkmen grew into the contest the longer it progressed and equalised on 19 minutes.
Theo Archibald’s through ball put Emmanuel Osadebe clear, the Exiles waited for the offside flag which never came, and the former County midfielder expertly looped a chip over Tom King to ensure a share of the spoils.
Flynn affirmed: “I thought it was a solid point away from home and an offside goal has stopped us from winning it.
“It was a good game, end to end, Macclesfield looked dangerous on the counterattack. We were a bit too open again for my liking away from home, but I thought the players put a hell of a shift in.
“They put in a shift that was deserving of the badge.
“It was a hard-earned point. I thought we battled, started and ended the first half really well, in between Macclesfield were on top. Second half was another good start then they looked dangerous on one or two attacks.
“Kingy made one or two good saves but other than they didn’t really test us.
“We’ll give it our best shot now [on Saturday] and I’d love a fully fit squad for that, but it’s not to be at the minute.
“We will be fully recharged ready to go for Saturday with that raucous, loud crowd that we have at Rodney Parade.”
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