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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "Their effort and commitment was first class"

28 February 2021

Manager Michael Flynn hailed his side's battling spirit after Newport County AFC were held to a goalless draw against Stevenage at Rodney Parade.

The Exiles were unable to back up their victory over 1-0 win over Walsall in mid-week after failing to carve out many clear-cut chances of note in an uneventful clash against Alex Revell's men.

Elliot List came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening stages of the second-half, but the away side's top scorer saw his effort denied by a strong save from goalkeeper Nick Townsend.

The result saw County chalk up their 10th clean sheet of the league campaign against the Boro, and Flynn saluted his side's battling qualities.

"They kept going and going," said Flynn.

"They are a bit disappointed but it is a point in the right direction. We are gutted that we didn’t get the three but their effort and commitment was first class.

"There were just some moments when we lacked a bit of quality on the ball and made the wrong decision.

"It comes to something when a direct free-kick is classed as a good chance for us. I feel for the players but their work-rate was spot-on.

"We made one mistake and nearly got punished for it. That is the importance of making no mistakes on this pitch. It is that important and they have to stay switched on for the whole game."

County remain in sixth place in the Sky Bet League Two table after the stalemate, two points ahead of the teams chasing down the play-off pack.

Flynn's men now face four away trips out of their next five league fixtures, starting with a clash against high-flying Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Tuesday evening.

"We want to go and get some positives results but it's going to be tough," added Flynn.

"Tranmere are flying but we'll go there and give it our best shot before the trip to Colchester - it's a long week on the road."


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