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REACTION | Michael Flynn pleased with "professional" second-half display as Exiles pick up maximum points aganst Barrow

20 September 2020

Manager Michael Flynn believes the win over Barrow AFC at Rodney Parade ensured Newport County AFC have turned “a good start into a very good start”.

The Exiles have seen off Swansea City and Cambridge United in the Carabao Cup and followed up last weekend’s draw at Scunthorpe United in League Two with a 2-1 win over newly promoted Barrow thanks to goals from Liam Shephard and Ryan Taylor.

A defensive mix-up allowed Lewis Hardcastle to score for Barrow either side of County’s strikes but Flynn was pleased with the second-half performance that sealed all three points.

“We were quite sloppy in the first half,” he said.

“We’re looking to play good football and played some really good stuff but, and I spoke to them about this at half time, every single one of the back five made an individual error before half time.

“That gives the opposition chance to get a bit of confidence and a foothold in the game.

“The goal we gave them was poor and gave them the impetus and they came at us for about 10 minutes of the first half.

“But I thought the second half was a very professional performance. We carried on playing, which was pleasing, and I can’t remember them having a shot.”

Flynn’s focus will have to quickly switch to Watford on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup before a trip to Bolton Wanderers next weekend and a possible fourth-round tie before the month is out.

“It’s just the beginning,” he added.

“I’ll never get carried away. There’s a lot of hard work to do and a couple of things to work on but we’ll do that and hopefully improve again. The games are coming thick and fast.”

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