The Great Es­cape is firmly on for County

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Hughes

NEW­PORT COUNTY care­taker man­ager Michael Flynn has told his play­ers to go and fin­ish the job at Carlisle United next week af­ter they fi­nally climbed out of the bot­tom two.

Ryan Bird headed in on the line af­ter an hour to seal an im­pres­sive 1-0 home win over play-off hope­fuls Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley and lift his side out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone for the first time since Novem­ber.

It was a sixth win in ten matches since Flynn re­placed Gra­ham West­ley last month, with the Ex­iles 11 points from safety at the very bot­tom of League Two.

They are now two points clear of Hartle­pool United and in the driv­ing seat in the bat­tle to beat the drop with two games left to play.

“It’s a mas­sive three points,” said Flynn, whose side were thumped 6-1 at Ply­mouth Ar­gyle on Easter Mon­day.

“It is a bright re­ac­tion from the boys and it’s a huge win, es­pe­cially with the other re­sults.

“Six weeks ago we were nowhere near, let’s be hon­est.

“It was a hope, prayer, wish­ful think­ing, but I’ll tell you what’s got us here – hard work, to­geth­er­ness and a great ap­petite to pro­duce the goods for the club.”

Not that Flynn is get­ting car­ried away.

“We’ll stay grounded,” he added.

“Why would we get car­ried away? We’re 22nd in League Two – it’s noth­ing to sing and dance about.

“We’ve got two games to go and I want to fin­ish off next week if we can.”

It was a re­sult that ended Ac­cring­ton’s 15game un­beaten run and put a big dent in their hopes of mak­ing the top seven.

But boss John Cole­man felt his side did enough to earn at least a point.

“We took con­trol of the game on a dif­fi­cult sur­face, which is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to play a pass­ing game on,” he said.

“We made chances and we started well in the sec­ond­half.

“We had an op­por­tu­nity to score but it was a great save by the goal­keeper.

“I think at worse we come away with a 0-0 draw.

“I think they are the only team to do the dou­ble on us but on an­other day we win that game com­fort­ably and that’s frus­trat­ing.

“I have to take my hat off to New­port, it was a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere and a re­ally great crowd.

“I take my hat off to the way they clawed them­selves back into stay­ing up, they have a great chance.

“I think we de­served more but some­times it goes that way.”

STAR MAN JOE DAY New­port

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