Michael Flynn admits Crewe were the better team after Newport snatch victory

Posted Sunday, August 25, 2019 by PA

Michael Flynn admits Crewe were the better team after Newport snatch victory

Newport manager Michael Flynn admitted the better team lost after his side snatched a 1-0 win over Crewe.

The dominant visitors pushed for a winner in the closing stages but could not find a way past the solid Exiles defence.

And their attacking approach cost them when Tristan Abrahams pounced on a loose touch in the Crewe defence and surged towards goal before laying the ball off for his strike partner Padraig Amond to calmly score the winner.

Crewe almost levelled with one of the final kicks of the game when Daniel Powell struck the post, but they held on to claim all three points ahead of Tuesday’s cup clash against West Ham.

“We didn’t turn up until the 88th minute, we were poor going forward, I’m not going to dress it up,” said Newport manager Flynn. “What we did as a team was we defended well and we limited their chances. They’ve gone for the win and it’s cost them.

“We’ve ended up two v two in the 92nd minute and Tristan has given a very unselfish pass to Padraig Amond, that’s what we’re about as a team.

“I’ll always be honest, Crewe were a lot better than us, we were poor going forward but excellent defensively.

“We were shooting when we should have been crossing and passing backwards way too often. But if you can do all that and still get all three points then that shows we are going the right way.

“I hope West Ham were watching because they will think they are going to steamroll us and leave some players at home.”

Crewe manager David Artell was left thinking what could have been after watching his side concede late on.

“We completely dominated the game and we’ve been caught by an absolute sucker punch we didn’t deserve,” he said.

“I love the fact they are trying to win a game of football in the last minute, but at the same time, we have to be disciplined and know when to take a point, even if it’s a disappointing one.

“We had 92 per cent possession in the second half apparently and we certainly deserved more. It was a terrific performance bar a goal.

“We just felt it was coming with the amount of possession and territory, it’s disappointing.

“The performance was there, the energy was there and we kept last season’s play-off finalists down to two chances and dominated the ball.

“It was a much improved performance on the last time we came here, but ultimately we came for points and we haven’t got them.

“We didn’t make a change because we thought it was coming, I was wrong and I accept that, but I didn’t feel under threat at all.”


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