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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "When you play with 10 men and finish the way we did, it's encouraging"

17 January 2021

Manager Michael Flynn believe his side can reflect on the 0-0 draw against Salford City as another point in the right direction.

The Exiles had to settle for a share of the spoils after a frustrating encounter at Rodney Parade, which saw Josh Sheehan dismissed following a challenge on Ash Hunter in the second half.

Both sides, who also played out an entertaining 1-1 draw earlier in the campaign, were unable to carve out any real clear-cut chances of notes this time around, while Salford failed to register an effort on target throughout the 90 minutes. 

But the point keeps County level on points at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

"We've just got a point against one of the top teams who will be up there at the end of the season," said Flynn.

"After the first 10 or 15 minutes, Salford got on top without creating anything. They were first to the second balls and their decision-making on the pitch was better.

"I thought they were the better team in the first half, but, in the second half, I thought we were by far the better team.

"There was no real quality today or any clear-cut chances, but it is what it is and I'm not hiding from that."

Despite coming up against 10 men for a large part of the second period following Sheehan's dismissal just before the hour-mark, Salford failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage following an assured defensive display from the hosts.

And Flynn hailed his players' resillience for keeping their seventh clean sheet of the league campaign against another promotion-chasing side.

"It's the first game in the league where we haven't scored all season," he added.

"When you play with 10 men and finish the way we did, it's encouraging.

"I can't fault the amount of running they did and their desire to keep the clean sheet was unbelievable."

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