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PRE-MATCH | Michael Flynn: "We’ve got to be at our best to get the win"

30 April 2021

Manager Michael Flynn says he doesn’t expect Cheltenham Town to take their foot off the gas against Newport County AFC despite sealing promotion earlier this week.

The Robins make the trip to Rodney Parade looking to take a step closer to lifting the Sky Bet League Two title after sealing their place in the third tier following their mid-week draw against Carlisle United.

They could secure top spot in south Wales if results elsewhere go their way, with second-placed Cambridge United, who they are two points clear of, in action against Harrogate Town on Friday evening.

Flynn's side have promotion ambitions of their own and can keep their play-off destiny in their own hands if they avoid defeat against the Robins, but the Exiles boss says he isn’t expecting any favours from Michael Duff’s side.

"[Cheltenham’s promotion] doesn’t come into it at all," said Flynn.

"You know what Michael Duff is about and I read his comments after Tuesday’s game. He said they can celebrate in two weeks’ time and they won’t be throwing it all away now.

"That’s exactly what I expect from them and they will be here with their best team and their best performance.

"They are a very, very efficient team. Michael has built their foundations from his own position in defence and I think he’s done a tremendous job.

"They’ve managed to keep all of their big players together with the likes of Will Boyle, Ben Tozer, Chris Hussey and that core of players.

"It means we’ve got to be at our best to get the win."

County head into their penultimate game of the season - and final home fixture - in sixth place after leapfrogging Forest Green Rovers following Tuesday’s convincing victory over Scunthorpe United.

Flynn’s side, who stretched their unbeaten run to three against the Iron - following the win against Crawley Town and draw against Exeter City - sit two points ahead of eighth-placed Forest Green and a point in front of Salford City.

The former welcome Tranmere Rovers on Saturday afternoon, while the Ammies travel to Colchester United.  

Exeter City, who are three points adrift of the top seven, are also in action against automatic promotion-chasing Bolton Wanderers.

But Flynn says he will not be relying on results elsewhere and wants his side to keep their fait in their own hands.

"I’m not paying attention to any of the other games until after we take care of business," added Flynn.

"If we do that then we can look at the other results, but if we don’t then it doesn’t really matter because we’ve missed our own opportunity. I can’t be worrying about other teams. 

"Salford have come in good form, Exeter are one of the highest scorers in the league and Forest Green can beat anyone on their day.

"It’s down to us to look after ourselves."


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