Cole­man sees Ex­iles cut the mus­tard

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By James Candy

NEW­PORT man­ager Mike Flynn was de­lighted to dump League One Wal­sall out of the FA Cup in front of Wales boss Chris Cole­man.

The Drag­ons boss was in at­ten­dance at Rod­ney Pa­rade to see Frank Nou­ble’s de­flected shot put the hosts 1-0 up be­fore Shawn McCoul­sky sealed their place in the sec­ond round.

Amadou Bakayoko got a late goal for the Sad­dlers but Flynn was glad he could pull off a shock in front of his coun­try’s na­tional team coach.

He said: “It was an out­stand­ing, dis­ci­plined per­for­mance. I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the re­sult and the per­for­mance.

“I’m glad Frank broke his drought and it was a near-per­fect de­fen­sive dis­play. I’m pray­ing we get a home draw on Mon­day be­cause we can give any­one a game here.

“I met Chris be­fore the game. He’s the best man­ager the coun­try’s ever had and I’m very proud to have put on a de­fen­sive per­for­mance and a win he would have been proud of.”

Nou­ble found his shoot­ing boots to give New­port a golden chance to up­set their higher-di­vi­sion op­po­nents and seal a place in the sec­ond round.

The 26-year-old bat­tled past the Wal­sall mid­field and shot from out­side the area, and when he lifted his head, his ef­fort had struck Sad­dlers de­fender Luke Leahy and looped into the net to make it 1-0 af­ter 18 min­utes.

It took only 25 sec­onds of the sec­ond half for New­port to put the tie out of sight.

Ben White in­ter­cepted the ball in de­fence and strode for­ward be­fore find­ing McCous­lky, who side-footed the ball past Mark Gille­spie in be­tween the Wal­sall sticks.

Vis­it­ing for­ward Kieron Mor­ris had a goal chalked off for off­side af­ter 55 min­utes but re­plays showed it should have stood to cut the gap to 2-1.

But they did make New­port sweat for the fi­nal 10 min­utes when Maz Kouh­yar sent an inch-per­fect ball into the box for Bakayoko to head in. Sad­dlers man­ager Jon Whit­ney said: “The first-half goal was for­tu­itous.

“We had been keep­ing the ball and we knew we could come into it in the sec­ond-half but you can’t give a goal away 25 sec­onds af­ter the restart

“It makes it so dif­fi­cult. You can’t ac­count for in­di­vid­ual er­rors.

“I can’t keep car­ry­ing the can for the play­ers.

“I’ve shown be­lief in the play­ers and they need to re­pay that.

“We have to all look within be­cause I can’t keep tak­ing the pres­sure.”


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