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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "We finished strongly and it’s a tough place to come"

20 January 2021

Manager Michael Flynn was pleased to come away with a 1-1 draw against Cheltenham Town - but says he wants Newport County AFC to show more cutting edge.

The Exiles earned a share of the spoils at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday evening after a freak goal from goalkeeper Tom King was cancelled out by Matty Blair on the stroke of half-time.

King's effort inside the opening 12 minutes was the only shot County managed on target throughout the 90 minutes in Gloucestershire.

And the Exiles boss says he wants his players to be more threatening in the final third.    

"Jake [Scrimshaw] hasn't had much service, but I thought him and 'Podge' [Padraig Amond] worked really well without really getting much of the ball," said Flynn.

"It's hard because they are trying to work off scraps at the moment, so that's what I'm trying to address.

"But I'm happy with a point because Cheltenham were a lot better than us in the first half but we finished the game well.

"We finished strongly and it’s a tough place to come, so I will take a point. We were fortunate with the goal and it was definitely against the run of play."

County improved after the break in Gloucestershire and limited the fellow promotion-chasing Robins, who reached the Sky Bet League Two play-offs last season, to few chances on goal.

The draw took the Exiles to the 40-point mark and keeps them firmly in the promotion mix at the top end of the league table, with Flynn's men occupying two games in hand over leaders Cambridge United.  

"I won’t try and sugar coat it – they were better than us in the first half," added Flynn.

"The goal was a terrible one to give away, it was too easy. It wasn’t good enough in the first half but I was more than happy with the second half.

"Salford last Saturday and now Cheltenham, they are two strong teams, but we’ve got 40 points and we're second in the table with two games in hand. It could have been worse."


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