Flynn still re­fus­ing to think of safety

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Se­bas­tian Rogers

NEW­PORT County will at­tempt to spoil Ply­mouth Ar­gyle’s pro­mo­tion party and keep their Great Es­cape bid on track at Home Park on Mon­day.

The Pil­grims need just a point to seal a place in League One next sea­son but they will have their work cut out against New­port, who have now won five out of eight games un­der care­taker man­ager Michael Flynn.

A su­perb free-kick from de­fender Mickey Demetriou on the hour was enough to beat Yeovil and earn a third suc­ces­sive 1-0 vic­tory for Flynn’s men.

The Ex­iles were 11 points from safety when Gra­ham West­ley was sacked last month but they are now just a point be­hind Hartle­pool United and two off Chel­tenham, while Yeovil will also now be look­ing over their shoul­der.

“It’s a huge re­sult,” said Flynn.

“We’ve pulled Yeovil into it as well now.

“But we’ve got a dif­fi­cult fix­ture away to Ply­mouth on Mon­day so it’s no time to bask in hap­pi­ness.

“We’re still in the bot­tom two and we’ve got a tough game again on Mon­day so we’ll straight away fo­cus and get ready to go again.”

Flynn re­vealed his pride in the play­ers, who have earned 16 points out of a pos­si­ble 24 un­der him.

“We’ve clawed back ten points in eight games, which is a huge ef­fort from the boys,” he added.

“I keep say­ing it and I won’t get bored of say­ing it – the play­ers were ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing.

“I thought we were by far the bet­ter team but we just lacked that cut­ting edge in the fi­nal third.

“We should have scored two or three but luck­ily I told Mickey Demetriou to take the free-kick and he scored.” Yeovil boss Dar­ren Way is fac­ing up to a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle with his side now just four points above the resur­gent Ex­iles.

“I need to make sure I lead the play­ers in the same way I did last year,” he said. “We’ve all got to take re­spon­si­bil­ity to do what­ever we can to keep this fan­tas­tic foot­ball club in the Foot­ball League.

“To be hon­est, I knew this was go­ing to be tough.

“I pre­pared men­tally for this and I don’t want things to turn out like this but, again, I have to make sure I’m strong enough to deal with this.

“We’ve got to turn it around.

“There was al­ways that side of cau­tion that we were in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle but I’m not feel­ing the pres­sure right now.”

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