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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "We were outstanding in the first half and it was near enough perfect"

28 April 2021

Manager Michael Flynn says Newport County AFC delivered an "outstanding" first-half display in their 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United - but is still demanding more from his side in their play-off hunt.

The Exiles moved up to sixth in the Sky Bet League Two table with a convincing victory over a struggling Iron side, who suffered their fifth straight defeat at Rodney Parade.

George Taft diverted Padraig Amond's cross past Mark Howard to set County on their way before Mickey Demetriou doubled their advantage five minutes later.

Lewis Collins then chalked up his first league goal for the club as the home side all but secured the victory in the first period before Demetriou added the gloss with his second in the second half.

It saw the Exiles stretch their unbeaten run to three games and chalk up their third successive clean sheet.

But Flynn says there is still more to come from his side in their bid to seal a top-seven finish.

"We were outstanding in the first half, it was near enough perfect but one of two things got on my nerves in the second half," said Flynn.

"We were a little bit sloppy at times and, no disrespect to Scunthorpe, if we think we can do that against Cheltenham then they will punish us.

"I am over the moon with the players, don’t think that I am not. It was a very, very good performance and there could have been more goals.

"Aaron Lewis had a fantastic effort and if it was a week earlier on that pitch it goes in for Nicky Maynard and he doesn’t hit the bar.

"We could have scored a few more goals but the pleasing thing is that we are creating and we have been playing well for a number of games now.

"It’s good to keep a clean sheet and get some goals on the board."

The Exiles were on course to increase the gap between themselves and those chasing down a play-off spot to three points before Salford City's late winner against Bradford City.

The Ammies have replaced Forest Green Rovers in seventh place, with just a solitary point separating them and County, who welcome already-promoted Cheltenham Town to south Wales on Saturday. 

And Flynn says his side will be looking to see out the job themselves and will not be relying on results elsewhere.

"We’ve got two games to go and hopefully we will finish strongly," added Flynn.

"We have to concentrate on doing our side of things.

"I am focusing on Cheltenham and not on what other teams are doing. If we win our last two games then we are in the play-offs."


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