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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "It was an unbelievable away performance against a Leyton Orient team who’ve been in good form"

8 November 2020

Manager Michael Flynn hailed an “unbelievable" away performance as Newport County AFC secured passage to the second round of the Emirates FA Cup with victory at Leyton Orient.

The Exiles’ love affair with the cup continued thanks to Jamie Devitt’s superb second-half stunner on his first start for the Club.

Ashley Baker had given County the lead when he intercepted a pass from goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux and fired into the empty net from range.

The O’s replied instantly through Hector Kyprianou but Devitt, who also struck the woodwork, bagged his second goal in a week to seal a place in the second round for the sixth year in a row.

“It was a fantastic goal. That’s why I wanted him here,” said Flynn.

“I know what he can do, he’s scores goals out of nothing and I thought he was superb today.

“That’s the longest he’s played in over a year and he was very, very good.

“On a personal note he’s scored two goals in a week but today will mean everything because we got the win.

“He’s the type of lad who’d rather anybody score and us win than him score and us lose.”

Devitt wasn't the only player to impress as Flynn praised the display of his team, and the response from the midweek defeat at Carlisle.

“I thought we were excellent from start to finish,” he added.

“It was an unbelievable away performance against a Leyton Orient team who’ve been in good form and can cause any team problems on their day. I thought we were exceptional.”

The victory ensured Flynn’s excellent record as manager in the FA Cup continued having guided the County to the second round in all three of his previous full seasons in charge.

And the Exiles boss says another cup run would provide a welcomed boost to the club’s finances.

“The most important thing is the finances for the club,” he said.

“Is it a priority? No, the league is. Would I rather three points? Yes, I would.

“But I’ll never ever disrespect the FA Cup because I love the cup and I know what it means to this football club.

“We had to go as strong as we could, or thought we could – we’ve got eight players missing.”


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