Michael Flynn pre Port Vale

Michael Flynn says his side must make the most of home advantage as the Exiles prepare for a busy period following their international break.

Flynn's men still sit at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table despite being out of action last weekend after the clash against Grimsby Town was rearranged due to international call-ups.

Josh Sheehan, Tom King, Brandon Cooper and Aaron Lewis were all on international duty over the last week.

The quartet will be available when County return to Sky Bet League Two action against Port Vale on Saturday.

It is the first of three successive home games against the Valiants, and Flynn says his side must continue their impressive start to the campaign at Rodney Parade.

"We have an important period ahead of us," said Flynn.

"And we have a real opportunity in the next six weeks with a lot of home games, so we've got to take advantage of that

"Port Vale will be hurting. I watched their game on Saturday where they were very good and leading 2-0, but a sending off cost them.

"They will be there or there abouts, they are a solid squad with good players, and John (Askey) has done a good job there.

"It Is going to be a tough game - on their day, they’ll beat anybody in the league.”

The break has allowed some of those on County's treatment table to recover and get themselves closer to contention for a place in the matchday squad.

And Flynn says the weekend off was a welcomed break after the hectic start to the campaign, which saw his side play 16 games since the opener against Swansea City in the Carabao Cup.

"With the amount of games in such a short amount of time, I thought it was vital and we took the chance to have a break,” Flynn added.

"I didn't want to be going into the game missing the four internationals. We had an injury list still creeping up and hopefully there will be a lot of good news on the injury front.

"But the injury list is looking a lot healthier. We are expecting players back."