Michael Flynn pre Watford

Manager Michael Flynn is predicting a tough test when his side entertain Watford at Rodney Parade in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The Exiles, competing at this stage of the competition for the first time since 1962, take on the Hornets, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.

Watford are currently unbeaten following a win and a draw in the league after their opening two fixtures and travel to Rodney Parade with a squad packed of senior internationals. 

And, after seeing off Swansea City in the first round, Flynn is anticipating another tough tie against another Sky Bet Championship outfit. 

“The boys have done really well. It is a good start and it’s all positive," said Flynn.

"We’ve got a tough game against quality opposition tomorrow night and for us, it’s a free hit.

"They’re all going to be quality players. They’ve come down from the Premier League, so we’ve got to work on their formations and patterns of play to disrupt and cause them problems."

County are also unbeaten in the league with a similar start to Tuesday's visitors, sitting 10th in the League Two standings.

The positive start has partly been down to the performances of several summer signings, with both Liam Shephard and Ryan Taylor on target in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Barrow. 

No fewer than eight players have joined the club for the 2020/21 season, with defender Bradley Webb the latest addition and Flynn said: "We’ve brought in really good characters.

"We’ve got rid of a few who needed to move on and we’ve freshened it up. 

"It’s early days at the minute but the signs are positive and we’ve got to keep things going.”

Three of the summer recruits - Scott Twine, Saikou Janneh and the aforementioned Webb - have joined on loan from Bristol City, while Brandon Cooper was brought in from Swansea City.

And with all four loan players presented with a chance to craft their trade in the early stages of their careers, the Exiles boss spoke of the positive relationships with their parent clubs. 

"Bristol City trust us to develop their players and a lot of other clubs do as well," Flynn added. 

"It’s good for the club and it’s good publicity. It shows we’re willing to use youngsters and develop them."