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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "We showed the other side of our game"

9 December 2020

Manager Michael Flynn says Newport County AFC showed both sides of their game to secure a 2-0 victory over Grimsby Town.

Goals from Scott Twine and Padraig Amond, who netted against his former side for the fifth time, put the Exiles in a comfortable position at the half-time interval.

County could have added to their advantage after the break, while they limited the home side to minimal chances down the opposite end, with Owen Windsor's free-kick proving to be their the only real chance of note.

And Flynn says he was pleased with the way his side protected their two-goal advantage in the second half to secure their ninth clean sheet of the season.

"I thought we were very, very professional," Flynn said.

"In the second half we showed the other side of our game and contained Grimsby who gave it their all. Grimsby made it tough in the second half and could have caused us a few more problems if one or two things went their way."

Flynn opted to change the accustomed 3-4-1-2 formation as Kevin Ellison and Robbie Willmott - both making their first league starts of the season - were drafted into the starting line-up alongside Joss Labadie, who missed out on the last outting against Morecambe through suspension.

The changes at Blundell Park were made with an eye on the Exiles' tricky run of away fixtures, as they now turn their attention to Saturday's clash against Leyton Orient before the trip to Salford City.

"We changed the formation and a few players tonight because we’ve got a good squad.

"We’ve got to be careful and we can’t afford too many injuries, so we had to mix it up. To be honest, I thought the other formation worked better tonight.

"We’ve got another tough game against Leyton Orient on Saturday."

The victory moved the Exiles four points clear of second-placed Cheltenham Town in the Sky Bet League Two table, but Flynn is demanding more from his players - and wants the Exiles to add to their goalscoring tally. 

"We’re not getting carried away," he added.

"But it’s 36 points so far with 14 away from home, which is a fantastic effort so far. But there’s still a long way to go and there are a lot of good teams chasing.

"There’s no pressure - we’re enjoying our football and winning games. We’re at the top of the table and deservedly so. Let’s just enjoy what we’re doing. 

"The best thing about it is we can still improve by scoring more goals and we could have more points. It’s going well at the moment but there’s a long way to go."


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