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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "It’s been frustrating but we’ve all kept believing and have kept working hard"

25 February 2021

Manager Michael Flynn says having a full squad available for selection played a part in Newport County AFC's 1-0 victory over Walsall on Wednesday evening.

Joss Labadie headed home from Ryan Haynes' cross with 19 minutes left on the clock at the Banks's Stadium to ensure County picked up their second win since December 8.

The Exiles have endured a difficult run of form since the turn of the year, with several players missing out in recent weeks due to suspensions. 

But Scot Bennett returned to the starting line-up following his three-match ban, as Flynn was able to call upon a fully fit and suspension-free squad in the Midlands.

And the Exiles boss says it was pleasing to have every player in contention against the Saddlers.

"We were really good," said Flynn.

"We still weren’t quite as sharp as I wanted in the final third, and that’s not just the strikers.

"Some of the football that we played was superb and it’s nice to have all your players available again, key players in Joss Labadie, Josh Sheehan, Liam Shephard, Scot Bennett who we have missed through red cards.

"They were all brilliant. In the final third we could have been better but we still tried to put the ball in the right areas."

The result saw the Exiles chalk up their second victory in 12 Sky Bet League Two fixtures and took them back into the play-off spots.

County also moved within three points of third-placed Cheltenham Town, who occupy the final automatic position, and could reduce that gap even further with a victory over Stevenage at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

"We haven’t been on a great run, I am not hiding from that," added Flynn.

"It’s been tough and it’s been frustrating but we’ve all kept believing and have kept working hard.

"That’s the only way that you get out of it and it’s a nice three points tonight.

"They are a great bunch who don’t get too carried away. It hurts them when they lose and we move onto Saturday now.

"It’s another tough game and we’ve got to get ourselves up for it at Rodney Parade."

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