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PRE-MATCH | Michael Flynn "It’s always good to be at home and we’ve got a good record at home this season"

15 January 2021

Manager Michael Flynn says Newport County AFC must keep their positive home form going if they want to stay at the top end of the Sky Bet League Two table.

County have won seven out of their nine league fixtures on home soil so far this season, with the only defeat at Rodney Parade coming against Oldham Athletic in the last home fixture of 2020.

That run of form has propelled the Exiles up the table and firmly into promotion contention as Flynn's men occupy second in the league table and have two games in hand over some of the teams around them.

The Exiles have played a game less than leaders Carlisle United, who are out of action this weekend, and Flynn says his side will be aiming to make home comforts count in a bid to return to the Sky Bet League Two summit.

"It’s always good to be at home and we’ve got a good record at home this season," said Flynn.

"Hopefully we can continue that against the teams around us but it’s going to be tough.

"We’ve had a good week this week after the game on the Sunday and without a game on Tuesday, so we’ve been able to have good training sessions.

"We were on top for a long time and now we’ve got a couple of games in hand, but it’s going to be a difficult period. If we can come through the next three weeks with a good points return, we’ll be in a really good position. If we don’t then we’ve got a bit to do."

County have been out of league action since the 1-1 draw against Crawley Town on Boxing Day after the fixtures against Exeter City and Southend United were postponed.

Their most recent outing - a 4-3 penatly shootout defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup - was their first of the year.

But they will have the opportunity to return to winning ways against Salford City - a team who are also at the top end of the table under the guidance of Flynn's former team-mate Richie Wellens - on Saturday afternoon.

"It’s always interesting coming up against Richie’s teams," added Flynn.

"They had a good result on Tuesday and scored late on, but it’s the three points that matter. 

"We will be playing football and it’s as simple as that. I’m pretty sure Salford may change it tomorrow with a few more physical players than usual.

"With the squad they’ve got, they should be there or there abouts. They’ve got quality in every department."


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