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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "I don’t care whether we score in the first minute or the last - it’s three points at the end of the day"

22 November 2020

Michael Flynn was delighted with the creativity his team showed against Port Vale, even if it did take until the 96th minute to claim the winner.

The Exiles had taken 25 shots before substitute Kevin Ellison fired home the winner at the death to move Newport County AFC three points clear at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

County have made a habit of leaving it late at Rodney Parade in recent weeks with Padraig Amond and Brandon Cooper both snatching maximum points with strikes against Colchester United and Harrogate Town respectively.

It looked like a repeat of the late drama might not be on the cards as the hosts missed a number of chances after the Valiants had Leon Legge sent off.

But Ellison popped up in the final seconds to bag his first County goal and, while Flynn says would like to see his side take more of their opportunities in front of goal, he is more interested in chalking up victories.

"I thought we were the better team today," said Flynn,

"I’d just like more composure in front of goal. The pleasing thing is we are creating these chances because we weren't doing that so much last year.

"This year we are creating chance after chance. It took until the 96th minute to get the winner and I don’t care really whether we score in the first minute or the last minute - it’s three points at the end of the day. I thought we thoroughly deserved it.

"We’ve had over 60% possession, we’ve had over 25 shots, we just didn’t test the ‘keeper enough, that’s the only down point.

"I felt the subs were excellent, I thought they came on and gave us that little bit more of a push in the final third. It’s a good win.”

After years of scoring against County, Exiles supporters were finally able to cheer an Ellison goal as his strike ensured County’s perfect league record at Rodney Parade continued and Flynn admitted the veteran is looking for more minutes after his late heroics.

"I don’t know if it’s pleasing for me because he won’t shut up about it now,” joked Flynn.

"As soon as he scored he said ‘imagine how many I’d score if you give me six minutes’.

"We wanted to force the issue and go for the win and I knew if an opportunity fell to Kev he’d score it and that’s what he did.

"He’s a character, a fantastic professional, that’s why he is still playing at the age he is and he’s a fantastic human being because he’s had some tough times, he’s come through and he’s always there to help others."


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