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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "I'm not getting too down. We can bounce back"

12 October 2020

Manager Michael Flynn is confident his side can bounce back after a 2-1 defeat away to Cambridge United saw Newport County AFC knocked off top spot of the Sky Bet League Two Table.

The Exiles made the long journey to Cambridge in the morning but there were questions over whether both teams would play out the full 90 minutes as the rain fell hard at the Abbey Stadium.

The ground staff worked to sweep the water-logged pitch and there was a delayed kick-off for the second-half for what turned out to be the Exiles' first league loss of the season.

Flynn admitted the torrential rain meant his side were unable to play the style of football he has embedded, which has been succesful so far this term, but belives the Exiles can bounce back against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

“The conditions were terrible, especially in the second half," said Flynn.

"It’s the same for both sides though, I’m not making any excuses. It stopped us and the game we’d been playing where we move the ball quickly and get at teams - we couldn’t do it.

“It’s frustrating, I don’t like losing. We’ve just got to write it off and go again.

“I’m not getting too down. It’s one we’ve got to draw a line under.

“Of course we can bounce back. We’ve got another tough game next weekend and we’ll go and give it our best shot.”

Despite the downpour, Flynn admits there are improvements that his team must make before they welcome Tranmere to Rodney Parade next weekend.

“There were more mistakes in that game from our players than from the season so far combined,” he continued.

“It was easy things like clearing the ball or not letting it bounce.

“We were a lot better in the second half."

Striker Ryan Taylor missed the journey to Cambridge after sustaining an injury and Flynn added: "He’s done the tendon on his hamstring so it’s not good. I don’t like putting times on it but [he will be out] between seven to 12 weeks."

 


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