It was our worst of the term, says Flynn

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NEW­PORT County boss man­ager Mike Flynn ac­cepted his part of the blame for Tues­day’s 5-0 stuff­ing at Mans­field Town.

The Ex­iles supremo (above) ad­mit­ted that he may have picked the wrong team af­ter watch­ing his side com­pre­hen­sively out­played at the One Call Sta­dium.

And he apol­o­gised to the 57 trav­el­ling fans who wit­nessed a per­for­mance that was un­recog­nis­able from the de­ter­mined dis­play in last week’s nar­row 2-0 de­feat to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur at Wem­b­ley.

“Six nights ago I was prob­a­bly the proud­est man­ager in the coun­try and I’m ashamed tonight,” said Flynn af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

“Maybe the team se­lec­tion [was wrong] and if I could go back maybe I’d do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent but when you con­cede the type of goals we did, it’s [dif­fi­cult to win any match].

“It’s the first time, and it will be the last time, that the play­ers have let them­selves down pro­fes­sion­ally this sea­son.”

Flynn re­fused to sin­gle out any in­di­vid­ual play­ers for crit­i­cism in public.

“It’s def­i­nitely the worst per­for­mance of the sea­son but we’re in it to­gether and they’ve given me ev­ery­thing [this sea­son],” he said.

“It’s al­most com­ing up to a year [in charge] and the boys that were here first and the new play­ers have given me ev­ery­thing.

“We’ve just got to get back to ba­sics now and we’ve got to be tough to beat be­cause that wasn’t a New­port per­for­mance.”

County were 2-0 down af­ter nine min­utes in Not­ting­hamshire be­fore cap­tain Joss Labadie had a goal ruled out for off­side.

“Af­ter the first 10 or 15 min­utes it was go­ing to be an up­hill strug­gle,” added the man­ager.

“I’m not mak­ing any ex­cuses but we’ve watched our goal and Joss wasn’t off­side.

“Goals change games and that would have been 2-1 but we were poor as a whole group.

“We win and lose as a group and we’re all very dis­ap­pointed.

“I feel sorry for the fans who trav­elled up.

“None of us want to be tarred with that brush and we’ve all got to put a re­ac­tion in on the week­end.”

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