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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "I said from the first day I took over that we would fight until the end"

10 March 2021

Manager Michael Flynn says Matty Dolan’s late penalty against Bradford City epitomised his time in charge of Newport County AFC as he marked a managerial milestone.

The Exiles boss celebrated four years in the County hot seat with a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Bantams at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Andy Cook put the visitors in front within 60 seconds of the second half before Dolan’s free-kick 13 minutes from time looked to have ensured the points were going to be shared.

But Dolan stepped up in stoppage time for a second time - this time from the penalty spot - to send the Bantams back to West Yorkshire empty-handed and strengthen County’s grip on the play-off places.

The dramatic win was the perfect way for Flynn to mark his milestone, and the Exiles boss believes the manner of the late goal reflected his tenure.

"It's crazy because four years ago today I took over and we came from behind for the first time after winning 2-1 against Crewe," said Flynn.

"And it's only the second time that we've done it this season, so it's strange how things work out at times.

"I thought the first half was probably the best I've seen in a League Two game this season. It had high-quality football, passing patterns, and players having confidence and bravery on the ball.

"It was a much better performance at 'home' because of the surface that we've got. Did we create enough? No, not really. Did we play some really good football to the final third? Yes.

"We're a better outfit this season and we kept going. I said from the first day I took over that we would fight until the end - that's what we've done tonight."

The result saw the Exiles bring Bradford's six-game unbeaten streak - a run of form that has taken them closer to the play-offs - to an end.

It was the first time that County have picked up back-to-back wins since December following the victory over Colchester United on Saturday.

Flynn's side remain in sixth place in the hunt for promotion but closed the gap on fifth-placed Morecambe, who they have a game in hand over, to two points.

"I thought Bradford were good and they made it hard for us at times with their high press," added Flynn.

"They changed their formation from the weekend to do that, so I think that's a compliment to us. 

"It makes it even more pleasing because they've been on an unbelievable run of form. If we were on the same run of form as them lately, we would be five to eight points clear. Bolton have done well too and they're both big clubs.

"I think it's going to go to the wire because Exeter keep churning out results again, Forest Green very rarely get beaten and Cheltenham lost but they are still top.

"It's going to be hard to call."

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