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PRE-MATCH | Michael Flynn: "We're all disappointed that we're in the play-off spots, so it shows how far we've come"

26 February 2021

Manager Michael Flynn says Newport County AFC must use their 1-0 victory over Walsall as a springboard to put together a consistent set of results.

The Exiles got their promotion bid back on track with their second victory in 13 Sky Bet League Two games against the Saddlers courtesy of Joss Labadie's second-half goal.

The win saw Flynn's men climb back into the play-off spots, with just three points separating them and third-placed Cheltenham Town, who occupy the final automatic promotion spot.  

And now the Exiles boss wants his players to back up their win against the Saddlers and push themselves further up the table.

"We need that consistency back," said Flynn.

"We should've won against Southend, but I thought we were fortunate to win against Grimsby Town because we went down to 10 men and dug in. We pushed and pushed in the Exeter game, but it was so hard to create anything clear-cut.

"I thought we were the better team against Forest Green outside the two boxes but we made two mistakes and they won the game. 

"It's not like we're getting played off the park because there's been a few things - not taking our chances, lack of creativity and individual errors.

"We need to cut them out and improve in both areas, and if we do that we're going to be a match for anybody.

"We're all disappointed that we're in the play-off spots, so it shows how far we've come."

Southend United, Exeter City and Forest Green Rovers have all claimed points on their travels to Rodney Parade in the Exiles' last three home fixtures, although they have struggled to carve out many clear-cut opportunities.

Stevenage will be the next team that will have to find a way to adapt to the difficult surface this weekend as they look to steer away from the drop zone.

But Alex Revell's men have enjoyed an upturn in results in recent weeks after securing back-to-back away victories against promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers and Crawley Town.

"They’ve picked up and they were thought to beat when we played them at their place," added Flynn.

"They’re organised, like to put balls in the box and they’ve got some really good players.

"I know Alex and I think he’s done a good job in challenging circumstances. I hope we can inflict some pain on them tomorrow night and then I hope he can do well after that."

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