Michael Flynn bemoans Newport’s growing injury list following Walsall stalemate



Posted Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by PA

Michael Flynn bemoans Newport’s growing injury list following Walsall stalemate

Newport manager Michael Flynn bemoaned his growing injury list after the Exiles continued their unbeaten start to the season with a goalless draw at Walsall.

County kept a third-straight Sky Bet League Two clean sheet as they recorded a third draw from their opening four league games.

But Flynn’s satisfaction was tempered by injuries to Joss Labadie and Robbie Willmott, who joined Matty Dolan, Scott Bennett and broken leg victim Mickey Demetriou on the treatment table.

Flynn said: “I’m more pleased with that point than I was with Saturday’s win at Plymouth. It sounds stupid but I have so many players missing.

“Joss had to come off as he couldn’t sprint after the first five minutes. Robbie was struggling. We’ve gone from a really fit, strong squad to the bare bones at the minute.

“Mickey Demetriou will be out for 10 to 14 weeks which is a massive setback as he’s played every game for the last two seasons.

“So the way the boys dug in, the work rate they put in was second to none. It’s everything I want from my players.

“Yes, we weren’t very good going forward, but we limited Walsall and we had as many half chances as them.

“It’s not a bad away start – we’ve played two away and haven’t conceded a goal. We said we want to turn the away losses into draws and the draws into wins.”

Walsall created the better openings in a game of few chances as James Hardy ended a fine solo run by curling the ball just wide from 20 yards and Dan Scarr headed a great opportunity over from six yards.

Jamille Matt also sent a close-range header over with Newport’s best chance to leave Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke pleased with his defence but wanting more from his side going forward.

Clarke said: “I thought my back five were magnificent against a very dangerous Newport team. We limited them to one set-piece opportunity.

“Four games in the league, only two goals conceded, one a penalty from an individual mistake – we can take the positives from that but we know as a team we have to do a lot more offensively.

“We’ve got to be a lot more dangerous but that will come. I think, if I’m being honest, we deserve to be a couple of points better off than we are after four league games.

“It was a very, scruffy, tight game and I think we didn’t work the ball well enough in areas to be able to give our strikers enough opportunities – but out strikers have got to do better as well.

“We will do plenty more work but also maybe get one or two more offensive players into the building before the window closes.”

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