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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "The character of the players was second to none"

4 October 2020

Manager Michael Flynn hailed his side's character in their victory over Mansfield Town as Newport County AFC moved to the top of the Sky Bet League Two Table.

After taking Premier League outfit Newcastle United all the way to penalties in their midweek Carabao Cup clash, Flynn made just two changes and saw his side make a positive start.

Mansfield improved after the restart and took the lead with a great strike from Stephen McLaughlin.

The Exiles drew level through Scott Twine before Matty Dolan completed the comeback with a late penalty.

Flynn was delighted with the response of his players after it looked like things were going against them.  

“They [Mansfield] came out in the second half and made it very difficult for us,” explained Flynn.

“On the second half performance, or the start of the second half, they deserved to take the lead because they looked quite threatening and as much ball as we had we didn’t create enough in the final third.

“But the character of the players was second to none. Everything was against them – the energy they used up on Wednesday night, going 1-0 down and not taking our opportunities – but they stuck together.

“Scott Twine scored a fabulous goal and Matty Dolan got the winner at the end.”

County now lead the way in League Two and while Flynn is pleased with the club’s positive start to the season, he isn’t getting carried away.

“It’s early doors, it’s a very good start,” he continued. 

"It's much better than being down at the bottom. We’re playing some really good football and we want it to continue.

“It’s going to get harder and harder and we’ve got another tough game next weekend against Cambridge, who have started well, so we’ve got to make sure we are ready.”


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