Michael Flynn pre Leyton Orient

Manager Michael Flynn welcomed the news that fans will take in Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture against Leyton Orient, despite the Exiles being away from home.

County will make the trip to the Breyer Group Stadium for the second time this season after their Emirates FA Cup first round clash against the O's in November.

The Exiles will be aiming to replicate their cup exploits by increasing their lead at the Sky Bet League Two summit, but will have to do so in front of home supporters.

More than 500 O's fans returned for their Papa John's Trophy clash against Bristol Rovers in mid-week, while up to 2,000 could be in attendance when County visit on Saturday.

"If I'm honest, it’s good to see the return of fans," said Flynn.

"They’ve met all of the health and safety requirements, which is good - but let’s not dress it up.

"It is what it is and, in a way, it might be a good way of players getting used to supporters going to games again."

Flynn's men, who are in the middle of three long away fixtures after their clash against Grimsby Town on Tuesday, are four points clear at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

The Exiles made three changes for the fixture at Blundell Park as they took advantage of their game in hand by chalking up back-to-back victories.

But Flynn, who handed Kevin Ellison and Robbie Willmott their first league starts of the season in mid-week, says he's had to give careful consideration to his team selection due to the run of fixtures this month. 

"The amount of training that the boys who are starting are doing is very minimal," Flynn added.

"It's all about playing and then recovering. It’s going well at the moment and we’ve just got to make sure that we stay on top of things.

"We’ve got to make sure that the boys who might be needed are up to speed and we’re doing that through our training methodology.

"We're just over a third into the season, we're in a very good position and we've given ourselves a chance of having a great season - that's it. There's a lot of hard away trips, tough games at home and teams will strengthen in January.

"There's a long way to go and all I can do is concentrate on us, which is what I will be doing."