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PRE-MATCH | Michael Flynn: "We will be back to winning ways sooner rather than later, don't you worry"

22 January 2021

Manager Michael Flynn has no qualms about Newport County AFC's recent winless run - insisting his team will get back to winning ways in their bid to stay at the top end of the Sky Bet League Two table.

The Exiles are without a victory in their last six league outings, with the last coming during their 2-0 victory over Grimsby Town on December 8.

But they have only lost two of their league fixtures since the win at Blundell Park, while Flynn's men have had to deal with two postponements after back-to-back fixtures against Southend United and Exeter City were both called off due to the weather conditions.

County are still right in the promotion mix at the top of the table - occupying second with two games in hand over leaders Cambridge United - and Flynn says the winning feeling will return soon enough.

"We are in a fantastic position," said Flynn.

"The boys have put in a tremendous effort so far and we will be back to winning ways sooner rather than later, don't you worry.

"Everybody expecting us to play Salford off the park or that we should be going to Cheltenham and winning.

"Let's have a bit of realism and perspective about where we are at. We are way ahead of where we thought we were going to be and there are loads of positives.

"Have the performances been as good as previously in the last two? No, but Cheltenham were very, very good in the first half and you have to give an opponent credit.

"Salford came for a point and sometimes it's tough. The pleasing thing was how we finished the second half when we went down to 10 men, and the second half against Cheltenham was a lot better.

"Was it up to the standards we have set? No, but they were big improvements on the first halves of both games."

County face a trip to Boundary Park to take on Oldham Athletic on Saturday afternoon hoping to strengthen their grip at the top end of the table.

Flynn's men are two points ahead of Forest Green Rovers, who occupy the first play-off spot but have played a game more than County, and could increase that advantage against the Latics.

But Harry Kewell's men inflicted the first league home defeat of the season on County in the reverse fixture.

"I am expecting a very difficult trip," added Flynn.

"I felt that we gave them the points at Rodney Parade, but, saying that, they finished their chances well.

"They are a dangerous team on their day and we have got to make sure we are up for the fight."

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