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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "The players have done fantastically well, but we can still improve"

1 November 2020

Michael Flynn says it’s pleasing that his side still have room to improve after Newport County AFC secured a late 2-1 win over Harrogate Town.

Brandon Cooper netted his first professional goal with a dramatic 88th minute winner at Rodney Parade as the Exiles prolonged their stay at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Padraig Amond maintained his scoring run, putting County in front after a stunning team goal which was later cancelled out by an equaliser from Harrogate's William Smith on the stroke of half-time.

But Cooper broke the net with a thunderous header to continue his side’s reputation of scoring late goals.

It ensured County chalked up their fifth succesive league victory, although Flynn believes there is still more to come from his side.

“The players have done fantastically well," he said.

"But we can still improve and that is the pleasing thing. We can still get better. We just need a little bit of luck now with the injuries, no suspensions and hopefully we can keep this run going.

“I am happy. I’m really happy, but I’m also a realist and a professional that wants to improve.”

It was the second time in the space of five days that the Exiles left it late following Amond's stoppage-time winner Colchester United on Tuesday evening, and Flynn said: “It’s not doing my blood pressure any good.

“They stuck to their jobs and nobody switched off. It was an unbelievable header at the end and I don’t think if they had thirteen players they would have stopped that. The timing, the delivery and the sheer determination to get on the end of that was unbelievable from Cooper.

“He’s lucky he didn’t hit his head on the bar because he rose that high and that aggressively. That’s a proper header.”

Scot Bennett replaced Matty Dolan, who suffered a tooth absess, as a late change in the Exiles' starting line-up before kick-off.

But Flynn says the strength of his squad this season is allowing him to bring in players who can make a difference when he needs to rotate.

“Matty had taken some tablets and the swelling didn’t go down, but about an hour before kick-off it really swelled. It looks nasty. I think he’s going to have an emergency tooth out because it is that bad.

“The subs came on, changed things and did well. That’s how important the togetherness in the squad is because they’ve come on and created more opportunities for us.

“It’s 18 points in a month, so it’s unheard of here. It’s unheard of in most places to be honest, so I’m absolutely over the moon.”


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