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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "It was the perfect away performance against a team who are going to come good"

27 September 2020

Manager Michael Flynn says his player put in a "perfect performance" to secure a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers and continue their positive start to the season at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The Exiles boss saw his side climb to third in the Sky Bet League Two table after Tristan Abrahams - who took his tally for the season to five - struck twice to ensure County sealed back-to-back league victories.

County enjoyed the better of the chances against Ian Evatt's men and Flynn felt that his players could have added more to their tally against the Trotters, who he expects to be challenging at the top end of the table this term.

"It was the perfect away performance against a team who are going to come good," said Flynn.

"You can see they have good players. Ian [Evatt] is obviously trying to get them to play how he wants, but coming up here for a long away trip - I thought we were excellent.

"We could have scored six or seven today to be honest. I’ve just said to Brandon Cooper that he could have had a hat-trick of headers, and Liam Shephard could have had a few. Tristan again could have had a hat-trick and Josh Sheehan missed a chance.

"We were still pressing when the game was won, the shape was excellent, and the togetherness was second to none."

It was the perfect preparation for Wednesday evening's historic Carabao Cup fourth round clash against Newcastle United, who make the journey to Rodney Parade after their 7-0 victory over Morecambe in the previous round.

The fixture will be televised live on Sky Sports, which Flynn says will bring in some welcomed revenue for the Exiles during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

"It’s brilliant for us to be live on Sky playing a Premier League team and we can look forward to it now after that performance and a great result," he added.

"Any extra money that isn’t budgeted for is a godsend for all clubs, not just us. The players should be proud that they’re playing their part in bringing money in.

"I know it’s their job to win football matches, but they should also be proud as it’s a fantastic achievement.

"The boys have been in a good run of form, their fitness is excellent, and they’re enjoying their football. When those three ingredients are put together you know what you’re going into."


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