Brandon Cooper pre-Carlisle

Brandon Cooper insists momentum in the early stages of the season is key as the Exiles look to secure a sixth successive victory against Carlisle United on Tuesday.

The on-loan Swansea City defender headed home his first professional goal late on against Harrogate Town on Saturday to extend County's lead at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

The goal ensured that Michael Flynn's men have now picked up maxiumum points from their last five league matches.

It has been the perfect response from County, who again left it late against the side who were promoted from the National League, to bounce back from the defeat against Cambridge United in October.

And now Cooper says the Exiles must look to strech their winning record even further when they travel to Brunton Park.

“If we can keep the momentum going leading into the FA Cup [first round against Leyton Orient], that would be ideal," said Cooper.

“The club has done great in the competition over the last couple of years, so, if that is something we can do again, then everyone will be really happy with that.

“It’s early days yet, but if we can keep the togetherness, there’s no reason why we can’t be successful.

“We help each other out and we're not going to back down. If we keep doing that throughout the season, then hopefully we can go on and do great things.”

The Exiles have only dropped points in two games - against Scunthorpe United and Cambridge United - and have streched their lead at the top of the table to five points.

And Cooper believes that is down to the calibre of players that Flynn, who brought in 11 summer window additions, currently has to call upon in the Exiles' ranks.

“The win [against Harrogate] just shows the depth of squad we have this year," he added.

“Scot (Bennett) came in and played excellent, and Matty (Dolan) has been excellent every game he has played.

“The formation switched in the second half and certain players have come on like Robbie (Willmott). It just shows that everybody is ready to go and that comes from the staff and the gaffer.

“It’s competitive to get in the team and that’s what happens when there’s competition - we get good results.”