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POST MATCH | Manager Michael Flynn Following Walsall Draw

12 February 2020

Manager Michael Flynn was again happy with Newport County AFC’s performance against Walsall, but regrets more missed chances in front of goal to take all three points.

The Exiles played out a 0-0 draw with Walsall at Rodney Parade, with the home side unable to convert several chances to take the lead.

At the other end, the County defence looked solid, with goalkeeper Tom King not having a save to make.

Despite this, Flynn was happy enough with the performance levels of his team, “I thought we were by far the better team on the night, we just didn't take any chances.

“I think it’s a bit of everything at the moment, a bit of misfortune, choosing the wrong options, not anticipating things. I asked them for a reaction today and I got that.”

It seems a lack of goals is the only thing holding the team back at the moment, with a number of recent showings pleasing the manager, “We’ve lost two, drawn one, but Plymouth was a very good performance, tonight was a good performance.

“Leicester U21s for a lot of the game was good. Tonight was good, we’ve only had one really bad performance (Cambridge). You see them out there, they work their socks off, they were trying.

“At times I thought they tried a bit too hard, as in getting a bit giddy in front of goal and being too eager to attack. I’m pleased with the players.”

A number of January signings were also part of the squad, including deadline day addition Otis Khan, who Flynn believes is fitting in well, “Otis was lively, they couldn’t live with him. I thought they were all good, just until they got to the final third.

“Greeny, although he didn’t get much change out of Pringy, he stopped Pringy going the other way so they cancelled each other out.

“Billy again the same, he was a pest and made difficult runs for them to track. And I thought Dale Gorman was excellent. After a shaky first five minutes, I thought he was superb.”


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