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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "It’s still in our own hands but we don’t do things easy"

24 April 2021

Newport County AFC boss Michael Flynn says he’s prepared for plenty more twists and turns in the Sky Bet League Two play-off race.

The Exiles maintained their position in the final play-off spot in the table after a goalless draw against play-off rivals Exeter City at St James Park.

Matt Taylor’s side knew a victory would’ve seen them replace County in the top seven but the Exiles’ fate is in their own hands with three games of the regular season remaining.

Salford City replaced the Grecians in eighth and also cut the gap on the play-off spots to a point with their 2-0 victory over Mansfield Town, while Carlisle United are still in the hunt after securing a point against Harrogate Town.

And Flynn says he is expecting an exciting finish to the campaign in the remaining fixtures.

“It’s still in our own hands but I said it throughout the season that we don’t do things easy,” said the Exiles boss.

“There will be fun and games one way or the other until the end, so strap yourselves in because there will be twists and turns to come.”

County carved out the better of the opportunities in Devon, with Lewis Collins and Josh Sheehan both testing Exeter goalkeeper Jokull Andresson, who endured a busy afternoon between the sticks.

Andresson’s opposite number Tom King, who kept his place in the team after chalking up a clean sheet against Crawley Town in mid-week, was left untroubled after the Grecians failed to register a shot on target.

And Flynn felt his side looked the more likely to come away with maximum points.

“I thought we were the better team today and we played really well,” he added.

“We worked ever so hard for each other, as we know they will, but with a bit more quality in the final third we would’ve won the game.

“Exeter threw everything at it but we kept our composure, defended really well and should’ve won the game. I couldn’t ask for more than they gave me. 

“They put one or two crosses in the box but we dealt with them quite comfortably and we looked like the team who was going to win the game."

The Exiles have now picked up four points from their last two outings and also put in a fine display in their defeat against league leaders Cambridge United last weekend.

Flynn’s side welcome a struggling Scunthorpe United side in a rearranged fixture on Tuesday evening, but he says the Iron's league position won't change his preparations for the game.

“We’ve put in three good performances on the spin and hopefully we’re hitting form at the right time,” added Flynn.

“We have a tough one on Tuesday and everybody has seen that they have lost a few in a row but they won’t want their season to peter out.

“We have to make sure we have the same attitude, desire and determination, and a little bit more quality to get the three points and put the pressure on the others.

“I don’t take anything for granted. If you’d said at the beginning of the season that we’d have three games to go, win them all and you are in the play-offs, I am sure we would have taken that without a shadow of a doubt.”


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