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NEW­PORT County man­ager Mike Flynn hailed a su­perb team per­for­mance as his side fought back from a goal down to over­whelm Ch­ester­field thanks to a hat-trick from the “un­playable” Frank Nou­ble.

The vis­i­tors looked like they might be about to ruin County’s home­com­ing to Rod­ney Parade as they took a first-half lead through Chris O’Grady.

But Nou­ble net­ted three times in 13 sec­ond-half min­utes to turn the match on its head and new sign­ing Padraig Amond helped him­self to a de­but goal to cap a per­fect day for Flynn’s men.

“I’d have taken 4-1 all day,” said the man­ager.

“They’re a very good team and they cut us open at times and caused us prob­lems.

“But we matched them up and took the game to them and the play­ers were out­stand­ing.

“At times Frank is un­playable. He scored a hat-trick and he could have had an­other hat-trick. He’s got to re­alise he is that big a player for us.

“But it wasn’t just him. The whole team was su­perb.

“It was great to see Podge get his first goal as well – that’s what he does. I’m re­ally happy.”

Nou­ble’s first on 55 min­utes was a 25-yard rocket into the top cor­ner and he added two head­ers on 66 and 68 min­utes to com­plete his hat-trick.

Amond, who had hit the post in the first half, then slot­ted in from in­side the area with eight min­utes re­main­ing to wrap up the scor­ing.

The win lifts New­port to sec­ond in the League Two ta­ble and was the per­fect way to mark their re­turn home to Rod­ney Parade, which was de­layed as a new £750,000 Desso pitch was laid by the Welsh Rugby Union.

Flynn is not get­ting car­ried away but he is pleased with his team’s un­beaten start to the league cam­paign.

“There’s things to work on but I’m re­ally happy with the way we turned it around and rose to the chal­lenge from Ch­ester­field,” he said.

“I want the fans to go home happy and I’ll go home happy as well.”

The only down side was a bad in­jury to Ch­ester­field de­fender Bradley Barry in the first half.

“Their in­jury has prob­a­bly taken a lit­tle bit of the shine off Flynn.

“It looked like he could have bro­ken his leg and I don’t like see­ing that so I wish him a speedy re­cov­ery and I hope it’s not a bad break.” it,” added

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