The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

NEW­PORT care­tak­er­man­ager Michael Flynn ad­mits the ab­sence of striker Mar­lon Jack­son is a real blow but is im­pressed by his team’s re­sponse in the face of ad­ver­sity in re­cent weeks.

Jack­son, 26, is ruled out for at least two weeks with a ham­string in­jury picked up play­ing for the re­serves last week

Flynn says it could not have come at a worse time as the for­ward seeks a first goal since Au­gust.

He said: “It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause he was just get­ting to a level where we thought he could be re­ally ef­fec­tive.

“He’s re­ally been putting the ef­fort in for a long time now in train­ing so I’m gut­ted for him.”

Ac­cord­ing to Flynn, his team – who had won three of their last six games head­ing into the week­end – are not ready to bow out of League Two and have the drive to make their way out of the drop zone.

“It would have been easy for us to go out with a whim­per but the boys have been su­perb,” he added.

“OK, we may fall short at times but their ef­fort has been fan­tas­tic.”

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