Wayne Hatswell Tranmere reaction

Wayne Hatswell was delighted with Newport County AFC’s display in their 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, even though they were without manager Michael Flynn.

Hatswell took the reins for the trip to Prenton Park in the absence of Flynn, who returned a positive Covid test yesterday after displaying symptoms.

The assistant boss led County’s training session on Friday afternoon before overseeing the Exiles’ third victory of the campaign in Birkenhead.

And Hatswell hailed his side's professional performance in Flynn's absence.

“We had the news late on Friday that he was positive,” said Hatswell 

“I said to the lads that we’d just get on with it, that’s what we do. We’d had a tough week with various things and then that came at the end of it but when they play like that it’s really pleasing.”

Alex Fisher's strike proved to be the difference as scored his first goal on his first start for the club following his move to the Exiles last Saturday.

He prodded home in the second half after seeing two earlier efforts bounce back off the crossbar, while County’s defence held out for their third clean sheet of the season.

And Hatswell emphasised the significance of the victory against a Tranmere side who reached the play-offs last season and are likely to be contenders for promotion this term.

“It was a great win, I can’t say enough about how well we played and I am buzzing,” added Hatswell.

“I felt that we dominated the first half, they had a few shots from the edge of the box on the counter when we were trying to find that perfect pass.

“In the second half we got in front and managed the game really well – I don’t think we rode our luck at the end when they threw everybody forward and had a couple of headers.

“We had people defending for their lives and that what gets you an away win at a place like this. There won’t be many that come here and win.”