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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "It was a real team effort"

7 March 2021

Manager Michael Flynn paid tribute to a team effort that saw Newport County AFC claim an away victory over Colchester United for the first time since 1972.

County climbed back into the Sky Bet League Two play-off spots with a convincing 2-0 victory over the U's, who saw former County man Frank Nouble sent off 14 minutes from time.

Captain Joss Labadie and Padraig Amond both netted goals in each half to ensure the Exiles brought an end to a 49-year wait since they last claimed maximum points on their travels to Essex.

The visitors put in a comprehensive display to bring their difficult run of form at the JobServe Community Stadium to a halt and get their promotion bid back on track.

"It was a superb performance by the lads," said Flynn.

"I will never write these boys off, but I'm still not getting carried away. Podge (Padraig Amond) worked hard, like he always does, at Tranmere and deserved another chance so hopefully that will now set him on a bit of a goal spree.

"Nicky (Maynard) had another chance but they worked tirelessly up front while the midfield covered every blade of grass. The most pleasing thing is there was a lot organisation and talking - it was a real team effort."

County now travel to the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday for their first of two home games in the Welsh capital.

Flynn's men were granted permission by the EFL to play at a different venue to give the Rodney Parade pitch a chance to recover this month.

And the Exiles boss wants his players to back up the win over the U's against promotion-chasing Bradford City in Cardiff.

"Wins breed confidence," added Flynn.

"We want to keep chipping away, one game at a time. I said that to them before the game not to even think about Tuesday because if we lost then a few of them wouldn't be playing on that pitch.

"We'll still be taking it one game at a time and see where it takes us."


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