Flynn gets ideal start as Ex­iles show fight

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Mark Davies

CARE­TAKER man­ager Michael Flynn got off to the per­fect start at New­port County, after seeing his side come back from a goal down to beat Crewe Alexan­dra at Gresty Road.

Sec­ond half goals from Dan But­ler and Joss Labadie se­cured the three points for the team bot­tom of League Two, after Callum Cooke had given the Rail­way­men a de­served half-time lead.

Flynn re­placed Gra­ham Westley on Thurs­day, and the new County boss couldn’t con­tain his joy after the game.

“It’s a mas­sive win, it gives the whole place a lift,” he said. “Seeing all the smiles on ev­ery­one’s faces at the end makes me proud

“I said we had to fight, we had to scrap, and in the open­ing 30 min­utes we were un­der the cosh a lit­tle bit, but after that the boys were out­stand­ing. I couldn’t be hap­pier.

“At half-time, I said to them I be­lieved in them, I trusted them. You get these set­backs in football and when that hap­pens you have to show the char­ac­ter to bounce back.

“I would have been happy with a point, but when you con­sider how many chances we cre­ated, we could have scored a cou­ple more.”

In what was a poor first half which the hosts dom­i­nated, Jor­dan Bow­ery wasted a cou­ple of chances be­fore Cooke’s opener.

Alex Ki­womya’s rak­ing ball found Ryan Win­tle, who calmly squared it to the for­ward to fire it low and be­yond Ex­iles keeper Joe Day.

County seemed des­tined to go an eighth game with­out a win, but the play­ers had other ideas pro­duc­ing a coura­geous sec­ond half fight­back.

David Pipe’s goal­bound header was hooked off the line by Ge­orge Ray within a minute of the restart, and cap­tain Labadie headed nar­rowly wide be­fore But­ler volleyed in a great ef­fort from the edge of the area to give hope to the Ex­iles.

Crewe were rat­tled and the game be­came a scrappy af­fair be­fore Labadie pounced in the area to seal the points.

“We were out­fought, out-bat­tled in the sec­ond half,” said Crewe man­ager David Artell. “We gave them the ini­tia­tive and it’s ex­actly what I don’t want to see from my football team.

“We were play­ing against the bot­tom of the league, and we made them look like Brazil after half-time.

“New­port didn’t do any­thing we didn’t ex­pect. It sim­ply wasn’t good enough and I’ve told the lads that. You get what you de­serve in this game and that hap­pened to us here.”

STAR MAN JOSS LABADIE New­port

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