Demetriou not tak­ing the Mickey with gem

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By An­drew Parker

NEW­PORT care­taker man­ager Michael Flynn was left in­debted to Mickey Demetriou’s sweet left foot af­ter his strike moved the Ex­iles within five points of safety at the bot­tom of League Two.

The blis­ter­ing firsthalf strike from de­fender Demetriou was enough to see off Craw­ley and earn County only their third home win in the league this sea­son.

Both sides had a man sent off af­ter the break as New­port cap­tain Joss Labadie and Craw­ley de­fender Josh Yor­w­erth tan­gled off the ball in the box.

But, de­spite late pres­sure from the vis­i­tors, Flynn’s men held on for a vi­tal vic­tory that keeps the pres­sure on rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Hartle­pool and Chel­tenham.

“Chel­tenham won so it’s a mas­sive win for us and we’ve closed the gap be­cause Hartle­pool lost,” said the New­port boss, who re­placed Gra­ham West­ley last month.

“It was a great strike from Mickey. He’s got a very sweet left foot and I thought he was out­stand­ing in de­fence as well.

“We should have scored more goals. It was a very good at­tack­ing dis­play in the first half and we should have killed them off.

“But then in the sec­ond half when we had to dig deep and we had to be re­silient, it was a very good de­fen­sive per­for­mance.

“So 1-0 against a good Craw­ley team and I’m happy.

“The boys have been fan­tas­tic – they’re com­ing off the pitch hav­ing given ev­ery­thing and as a man­ager that’s all you can ask for.

“I’m so pleased to see what it means to them in the dress­ing room af­ter the ef­fort they put in on the pitch.”

Craw­ley are down to 18th but they have no such rel­e­ga­tion wor­ries.

Demetriou ham­mered home from long-range with 18 min­utes played, while Rhys Mur­phy went close just be­fore half­time and the vis­i­tors forced New­port goal­keeper Joe Day into two fine in­jury­time saves.

And Reds boss Der­mot Drummy felt his side de­served more on a soggy sur­face.

“We prob­a­bly de­served a point with the chances we cre­ated,” said Drummy.

“The first-half per­for­mance wasn’t good enough for us though.

“We were flat, they were bet­ter on the ball and got the goal through our bad play. It was a great shot but we gave them the ball.

“We couldn’t play the foot­ball that I like to play, we had to go long.

“We cre­ated the chances but if you don't take them, then that’s how it goes.”

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