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PRE-MATCH | Michael Flynn: "It’s a shame the fans won’t be there but hopefully we can do them proud"

30 September 2020

Manager Michael Flynn says he is hopeful of pulling off another upset when Newport County AFC host Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup this evening.

The Exiles take on the Toon at Rodney Parade in front of the television cameras after reaching the fourth round of the competition for the first time in the clubs' history. 

After overcoming Sky Bet Championship duo Swansea City and Watford in the previous rounds, another tough test awaits the Exiles this evening. 

Steve Bruce’s Magpies make the trip to south Wales following a comfortable 7-0 over Morecambe in the previous round last week, but Flynn says his men will be looking to add to their lenghty list of cup upsets.

“We're going to enjoy it, hopefully, put on a good performance and cause a big upset," said Flynn.

“Let's not dress it up, going to be a very tough challenge. You've seen what they did to Morecambe last week who are in our league. 

“They are taking the competition seriously. I'm just glad it's at home because it gives us that little bit of advantage in terms of being used to our surroundings. 

“But they're Premier League and international players and they won't care about that. They'll be giving their all and I know Steve Bruce won't be taking it lightly.” 

Ahead of the match, Flynn says his team selection will have one eye on Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash against Mansfield Town.

“I’ve been trying to be fair with people and give them game-time. There are one or two who deserve to play, a couple who won’t, and I’ve got to think about the future and the next few games. 

“It is about the plan going forward so I’ll pick a team which can get us a result and is the fittest, strongest one for this game.”

Rodney Parade has been a tough place for higher-division clubs to visit in recent years, and the Amber Army have witnessed cup scalps against Leeds United, Leicester City and Middlesbrough over the past few seasons.

Supporters aren’t permitted to attend the fixture this evening but the County boss is hoping to do the passionate fans proud when they host the Premier League outfit. 

“Everybody knows Rodney Parade can be an intense atmosphere because you’re close to the action," he added.

“It’s a shame they won’t be there but hopefully we can do them proud and they can watch it on Sky.”

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