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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "They’ve got a fantastic mentality and they kept going"

16 December 2020

Manager Michael Flynn paid tribute to his side's character after Newport County AFC concluded their run of three away fixtures with a late goal to earn a draw against Salford City.

The clash at the Peninsula Stadium marked the end of a busy seven days for the Exiles, who have clocked up more than 1,000 miles with three successive away trips against Grimsby Town, Leyton Orient and the Ammies.

It looked as though County, who secured victory at Blundell Park before falling to defeat against Orient, would have to settle for three points from the three fixtures when Salford went ahead in the first half.

But Josh Sheehan's stoppage-time penalty, coupled with Nick Townsend's heroics, earned County a share of the spoils and kept them top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

"They could’ve easily thrown the towel in tonight by using it [the travelling] as an excuse," said Flynn.

"We had a nightmare journey on the way up because the motorway was closed, so we couldn’t have our pre-match meal. The boys had to go into Morrisons to get their pre-match food, which made us late. We didn’t get here until 17:55, so nothing was going right.

"They’ve got a fantastic mentality and that’s something that we try to instil into them as well. A lot of the players that we look to bring here already have that, which is why they are attractive to us.

"They kept going and going, and it didn’t look like it was going to be our night, but I can’t fault them. It was a good point away from home against a team who will be up there or there abouts."

Townsend pulled off a string of remarkable saves and then denied Ian Henderson's penalty from doubling Salford's advantage 10 minutes into the second half.

The Exiles goalkeeper kept County in with the chance of earning a share of the spoils, which they managed to do in the dying stages, and his performance in between the sticks was highlighted by Flynn.

"He was immense," Flynn added.

"They worked our goalkeeper a lot more than we worked theirs, but we had more shots and more possession. It doesn’t win you matches but it shows that we’re trying to do things the right way.

"We grew into the game and were by far the better team in the second half. We had more chances than them, although they worked the goalkeeper a lot more than us.

"That’s what we need to be doing - working the goalkeeper and hitting the back of the net more."


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