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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "It’s just a start, there’s a long way to go. I’m not getting carried away at all"

25 October 2020

Michael Flynn insists there is still “a long way to go” after Newport County AFC made their best start to a Football League season with victory over Bradford City AFC.

The Exiles returned to the top of Sky Bet League Two table with a 3-0 triumph at the Utilita Energy Stadium, moving two points ahead of previous leaders Cambridge United.

It took just 40 seconds for Mickey Demetriou to fire County ahead and substitute Padraig Amond slotted home a second shortly before the break.

Bradford turned up the pressure in the second half but Matty Dolan sealed the three points with a late penalty.

“It was a fantastic win against a team who I think are very good,” said Flynn, who played for Bradford between 2009-2012.

“They have a lot of good players. They had a lot of possession in the second half but didn’t really hurt us. We played the counter-attack game well.

“It’s always a tough one when you are leading 2-0 at half-time - how do you approach it?

“I was confident we could defend solidly and take our chances if they came and we should have scored a couple more in the second half.

“It’s a club I’m very fond of and a manager I’m very fond of, and I know a few of their players as well. I know they are a good team so it makes the win even better.”

Flynn was delighted with the impact of Amond, who replaced Saikou Janneh in the 42nd minute, and went on the double the lead a couple of minutes later.

“He’s a fantastic professional,” continued Flynn.

“I thought he did very well today when he came on.

“I said to him at half time ‘that is the importance of a group sticking together because you might think you won’t get your chance’ and then Saikou does his hamstring.”

With 19 points from eight games, County have made history with their best ever start to an EFL campaign but Flynn isn’t taking anything for granted.

“What I’d rather now is the best finish in the club’s history,” he said.

“It’s just a start, there’s a long way to go. I’m not getting carried away at all.”


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