Michael Flynn happy to fly under radar

Posted Sunday, September 29, 2019 by PA

Michael Flynn happy to fly under radar

Newport manager Michael Flynn is happy for his side to keep going under the radar after their 2-0 win at Swindon moved The Exiles into the League Two play-off places.

Goals from Mark O’Brien and Jamille Matt were enough to leave high-flying Swindon grounded at the County Ground.

Boss Flynn said: “It was a superb away performance, the plan worked to a tee.

“We scored from a corner we worked on in training. The team, their shape, their discipline was spot on to a man. I am delighted with three points against a very good Swindon team.

“We had five corners in a row and probably scored from the worst one. The players kept to it, knew where the weaknesses were.

“Thankfully we got a goal from it, we have had a really good start. Two away wins at Forest Green and Swindon, tough places against very good teams.

“We keep going under the radar, keep surprising people and being underdogs. It is fine by us.”

Newport were the dominant force in the first half and were well worth their 1-0 lead when O’Brien nodded a Robbie Willmott corner into the back of the net in the 38th minute.

Matt made it 2-0 eight minutes from time by finishing off a brilliant right-sided cross by Padraig Amond.

Flynn added: “Jamille Matt always needs four chances to score one. He ran himself into the ground, the amount of effort and professionalism he puts in.

“You can’t have it all, if he was a prolific goalscorer he wouldn’t be here.”

It was Swindon’s second successive home defeat following the 3-0 reverse at the hands of Colchester.

Swindon’s miserable afternoon was compounded by the sight of Dion Conroy leaving the field in tears after only 10 minutes with a serious knee injury.

Manager Richie Wellens said: “It was an horrendous start in the circumstances of what happened.

“For the next 10, 15 minutes we let it affect us – at times it felt like we were down to 10 men in the nature of what just happened and we just resorted to playing like Newport do, just long balls, punting it forward.

“The wind has obviously played a factor in it, things went against us but in the second half I thought we were excellent, things went against us.

“It was a bad day all round for us with Dion’s injury and that looks a bad one.

“In the three games we’ve lost we’ve not been able to put our strongest team out. Dion’s crying because he’s had it before and he knows it’s a bad one.”




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