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PRE-MATCH | Michael Flynn: "I'll be going to win the game. It's as simple as that"

7 November 2020

Michael Flynn says he will be looking to progress in the Emirates FA Cup despite Newport County AFC's position in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Flynn's men have taken 25 points from their opening 11 games so far this season and currently sit at the top of the table.

But all attentions turn to the Emirates FA Cup this weekend when County travel to Leyton Orient for their first round clash.

And Flynn says the Exiles, who have enjoyed several historic occasions in this competition in recent seasons, will be searching for some more this term.

“I know what the finances mean to the football club,” said Flynn.

“I am a big FA Cup fan. I love the competition as a player, a fan and as a manger.

"I’ll be going to try to win the game. It’s as simple as that."

It will be a fitting cup tie between two clubs who were both guided back to the Football League under the guidance of the late Justin Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, who sadly passed away in June last year, enjoyed managerial stints with Orient and the Exiles, and both clubs will be auctioning off shirts to raise funds for the JE3 Foundation after Saturday's game.

"I wish he was on the touchline and I was winding him up," Flynn added.

"It wouldn’t have been just the 90 minutes; I would’ve been winding him up on the Friday and the Sunday.

"Especially if we’d won."

Saturday's fixture will be the last time that Josh Sheehan and Tom King, who were named in the Wales squad for their upcoming triple header against the United States, the Republic of Ireland and Finland, will be with the Exiles before their time on international duty.

It is the first time the Exiles have had two Welsh internationals in the squad since Nigel Vaughan and Steve Lowndes took on Brazil in 1983, and Flynn was full of praise for Sheehan and King.

“It is an unbelievable achievement for them both.

“I cannot remember the last time Newport County had two Welsh players in the full squad, so I am delighted for the players.

"It’s good for the football club as well."


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