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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "We all want fans back in and it's as simple as that"

26 November 2020

Newport County AFC boss Michael Flynn is not underestimating the part that supporters can play in helping his side get results at Rodney Parade.

Flynn's men have managed to make home advantage count this season without having the backing of the Exiles in the stands due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

County had taken maximum points on home soil in the league prior to Walsall's arrival at Rodney Parade on Tuesday evening, but Flynn feels the supporters could have played a part in roaring on the Exiles to a late winner against the Saddlers.

And is not underestimating the impact fans can have in helping his side pick up positive results.

"It would make a huge difference," said Flynn.

"You never know if we had the fans there - they might have got the ball over the line for us so to speak.

"It’s an old cliché but that last little bit can really push you and I know we have scored a few late goals, but we could have done with one more.

"It’s not the same - we all want fans back in and it’s as simple as that.”

The absence of fans from the ground is disheartening for all involved but Flynn acknowledged the importance of public welfare and is hopeful crowds can return safely in the near future.

"Obviously, there are health and safety reasons and thankfully we are seeing a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

"It gives you that little bit of hope to cling on to. You know what it’s like. When you see that light, you can look forward to things.

"Whereas, when you can’t see an ending, it can make you a bit depressed.”

The draw against the Saddlers meant County dropped points at home for the first time in Sky Bet League Two, but they remain three points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand. The Exiles also retained their unbeaten home record in the league this season.

"I thought we were second best in the first half, but in the second half we were a lot better," added Flynn.

"Last season we would have lost that game, we wouldn’t have looked like getting back into it. We made big improvements and we were a lot better in the second half and that was the pleasing thing."


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