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PRE-MATCH | Michael Flynn: "It’s going to be a tough afternoon and we’ve got to make sure that we’re at it"

7 May 2021

Manager Michael Flynn says he isn't expecting any favours from Southend United as Newport County AFC look to book their place in the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.

The Exiles make the trip to Roots Hall on the final day of the campaign, needing a point to secure a top-seven finish against the Shrimpers, who have already been relegated to the National League.

Phil Brown's side have claimed maximum points from their last two outings but their fate was confirmed last weekend after Scunthorpe United - the only team they could catch - managed a goalless draw against Bradford City.

But Flynn, who is currently working towards a diploma alongside Brown, says the Shrimpers will be looking to finish strongly and won't be downing their tools early.

"They’ll want to finish on a high," said the Exiles boss.

"I know Phil Brown well and he’s a very proud man. They’ve been in a good run of form, so it’s going to be a tough afternoon and we’ve got to make sure that we’re at it.

"Phil has a strong bond with Southend and it says a lot about him, he wasn't scared of the challenge ahead and backed himself.

"He only just fell short and we will never know what might have been. Was it two games short, who knows? He has done a very good job since he has been there."

County snatched the final play-off spot on the final game of the 2018-19 campaign after Jamille Matt's late strike against Morecambe secured them a place in the top seven.

The Exiles' season has gone down to the wire again this term but they are two places better off than they were at this stage two years ago.

They can still catch Morecambe, who occupy fourth but have an inferior goal difference, but Flynn says his side's only focus is on prolonging their campaign.

"If we get into the play-offs it will be a fantastic season," added Flynn.

"Go back to the start of the season and my remit was to keep us in the league and we have easily done more than that. I am not bothered about who finishes where as long as we are in that top seven.

"Fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh, I don't care. We will finish where we finish and will play whoever. The only thing I am thinking about is getting to the play-offs."


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