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REACTION | Michael Flynn: "That makes it an even better win because they are in good form"

14 March 2021

Manager Michael Flynn says Newport County AFC's victory over Morecambe tasted even sweeter because of the Shrimps' recent run of form.

Morecambe had picked up 13 points from their previous six games prior to the Exiles' visit to the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

But Matty Dolan's early penalty - his third goal in two games following his brace against Bradford City - helped County on their way to condemning Morecambe to their first home defeat since 30 January.

Yann Songo’o levelled for the hosts in the first half when his strike flew past Nick Townsend before the home side were reduced to 10 men when Sam Lavelle was dismissed.

County took advantage of their numerical advantage just before the half-time interval as Josh Sheehan restored their lead.

And former Morecambe striker Kevin Ellison ensured the victory was secured in the second half to bring his former side's four-game unbeaten run to an end.

"We were excellent even when they had 11 men," said Flynn.

"They are a dangerous team, they can score with very good players, they are full of confidence and hadn't lost for a long time at home.

"It was a great strike for their goal but we were a little bit too slow getting out to close it down.

"We gave away one or two too many free-kicks at the beginning of the second half that we told them not to because they are dangerous at them with good delivery and hungry players.

"I have been very impressed with Morecambe this season and that makes it an even better win because they are in good form."

County have now sealed three successive wins for the first time since October following the victories over Colchester United, Bradford City and Morecambe in the space of seven days.

Flynn's men have also climbed to fourth in the Sky Bet League Two table and sit four points adrift of the automatic places.

They will have the chance to close that gap against Port Vale on Tuesday evening.

"We've got a long way to go and there are 36 points to play for," said Flynn.

"There will be speedbumps along the way and teams will go on good runs of form. Bolton won again, Cheltenham won late.

"We've just got to worry about ourselves and see where it takes us. We just have to keep going and keep giving it our best shot.”

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