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PRE-MATCH | Michael Flynn: "We're a work in progress and I'm sure we'll only get better"

23 September 2021

Manager Michael Flynn says Newport County AFC are still a work in progress - insisting there is plenty more to come from his side.

The Exiles have taken 11 points from their opening eight league fixtures - five of which have been on the road due to the completion of the Rodney Parade pitch renovation in August.

It has been a solid return given County endured a busy summer transfer window, with plenty of arrivals - 15 new faces made their way through the door - and departures following last season’s play-off final defeat against Morecambe.

County recovered from their disappointing 1-0 defeat against Northampton Town with a much-improved display to earn a 2-1 victory over Walsall last time out.

And, while Flynn was delighted to get back on track against the Saddlers, he believes the strength in depth of his side means there is still more to come.

“It’s always pleasing when you get three points and the football we played in the first half was exceptional,” said Flynn.

“It’s one of the best performances I’ve seen a Newport County AFC team put in. If we had scored the penalty it would’ve been an easier second half, but we’re a work in progress.

“I had players who didn’t train all week who played, players who haven’t fully recovered from Covid, injuries and a lot of unsettling things so far this season. I’m sure we’ll only get better. 

“It’s a tough season and there is a lot to improve on. We’re going to get better and better because it’s been a rebuild over the summer. 

“The players are getting to know each other more and more each day, so that leads to hopefully a positive outcome and we can go on an unbeaten run.” 

County will have the opportunity to back up the win against the Saddlers at Holker Street - a place where they fell to a 2-1 defeat last season.

Barrow survived the drop back to the National League after their promotion back to the Football League in the 2019/20 campaign after a 48-year absence.

Former Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper, who is currently in the Bluebirds hot seat after succeeding Michael Jolley in May, has guided the Cumbria club to two wins and three draws so far this term. 

“His (Mark Cooper’s) teams always look to play football the right way, so it’s going to be a very tough game and they’ve got some good players. They are showing that they are ambitious with Mark going in there.

“Hopefully we can edge it and get the win.”

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