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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "That is the sign of a good team - we've got togetherness"

28 October 2020

Michael Flynn says his side’s ability to keep pushing until the end is the sign of a good team after Newport County AFC secured a dramatic 2-1 win over Colchester United

Striker Padraig Amond struck a thrilling last-minute winner as the Exiles maintained their lead at the pinnacle of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Scott Twine had opened the lead for County with a formidable hit from 30-yards which was cancelled out when Devani Brown grabbed a late equaliser and looked to have snatched a point for the U’s.

But Amond stepped up in stoppage time with the winner to ensure County sealed their fourth successive victory, and Flynn hailed his side's spirit to quickly bounce back after conceding the equaliser.

“The way it went, with the chances we missed - you start thinking maybe it wasn’t to be.” Said Flynn.

“But that is a sign of a good team. We’ve got the togetherness - somebody makes a mistake, and their teammates are there to help them out and dig them out of the hole.”

Amond's strike took the Exiles' goalscoring tally for the season to 15 after the opening nine games, but Flynn is still demanding more from his team in the final third.

“I thought we should have scored more goals.” he continued.

“In the last 20 minutes they looked threatening - they are a very good team and probably one of the worst teams to go up against.

“On their day, they can really hurt you. I have got a lot of respect for them as a football team and it’s always a tough game, but I thought we should have been out of sight before the late climax.”

After securing their best ever to start to an English Football League season against Bradford City on the weekend, the Exiles have now picked up 22 points from a possible 27.

However, Flynn's message has remained the same: "It’s a very good start, but it’s not something I’m getting carried away about.

“The games are coming in thick and fast and we have got to keep improving. We have got to be lucky with injuries and suspensions.

“We have got a couple of players coming back ready for the weekend. Jamie Devitt and Aaron Lewis will be available so that has boosted the numbers again.

“David Longe-King is not too far away, so it is looking better than it was.”


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