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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "From the standards we’ve set, the goals we gave away were poor"

13 December 2020

Manager Michael Flynn says Newport County AFC slipped below their usual standards in their 2-1 defeat against Leyton Orient, but felt his side should have come away with a point.

Jamie Proctor's first-half strike put the Exiles on course to pick up their third successive victory and strech their unbeaten run to six matches.

But two goals in eight minutes from Danny Johnson and James Brophy completed a second-half turnaround for Orient, which condenmed the visitors to their third defeat of the season.

Although Flynn believes the Exiles deserved a share of the spoils at the Breyer Group Stadium, despite letting their standards slip in east London.

"It was an outstanding goal from Jamie, and we should have scored more in the first half," Flynn said.

"We knew if we got a second goal we would have won the game.

"It has come back to bite us on the backside again because we haven’t killed a team off and given them the impetus in the second half.

"We shot ourselves in the foot in the second half. The goals we gave away were really poor.

"I’m not going to beat myself up over it and the players know it wasn’t good enough.

"From the standards we’ve set, the goals we gave away were poor, but we should have easily had a point.”

The result sees County remain top of the Sky Bet League Two table, three points clear of second-placed Cheltenham Town, who were held to goalless draw against Salford City.

But they could have maintained their four-point cushion over the Robins if substitute Tristan Abrahams' late goal, which Flynn felt should've stood, hadn't been ruled out for an adjudged foul in the build-up.

"The goal that was disallowed, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it," Flynn added.

"We’ve watched it and the people on iFollow will see it and know I’m not just talking rubbish.

"I’m not going to say too much about it. We’re 17 games in now and looking forward to Tuesday.

"It’s going to be a tough game and we’ll hopefully end the long week of travelling on a positive with three points."

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