Flynn dismisses eight-goal defeat
NEWPORT County will look to consolidate their place in the top three as they entertain Stevenage in SkyBet League Two this afternoon (3pm).
The Exiles are currently third in the league table level on points with Exeter City, three ahead of MK Dons and four behind leaders Lincoln City.
But they welcome another promotion-chasing outfit in Stevenage to Rodney Parade.
The ‘Boro are just three points behind Mike Flynn’s men, but head to south Wales after a humiliating 8-0 thrashing at the hands of League One outfit Charlton Athletic in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday.
However, Flynn doesn’t believe that will have any impact on today’s result.
“He made nine changes looking forward to the Newport game and I’ll take it as a compliment if he thinks he needed to rest that many for Saturday,” said Flynn.
“It’s never nice losing by that amount at home but Dino is switched on enough to know that the league is their bread and butter and they’ll be coming here for the three points at the weekend.”
Stevenage boss Dino Maamria is a name familiar to the club following his stint as assistant manager under Graham Westley.
Flynn also worked alongside Maamria as part of Westley’s coaching staff and knows what he will bring to the table.
“He’s very hard working and very thorough in how he does things and he’s got that determination that he wants to do well,” said Flynn, who beat Maamria to September’s manager of the month award.
“They are his qualities and we’ve just got to make sure that our qualities on the pitch are better than his.”
County’s record against Stevenage makes for grim reading with only one win in eight since their return to the Football League in 2013.
“There are going to be teams you struggle against but I don’t think that’ll be the case,” Flynn added.
“Watching the boys in training and seeing how focused they are, I know they’ll be up for it.”
Matty Dolan could be in line for a first appearance since County’s 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers after making the bench last weekend, while Jamille Matt will hope to keep his place after five goals in his last four games.
> Jamille Matt, left, has been in excellent goal-scoring form