‘Don’t let Foxes tie dis­tract us’

South Wales Echo - - Bluebirds News -

MIKE Flynn has warned his New­port side not to get dis­tracted by the prospect of fac­ing Le­ices­ter City in the FA Cup and in­stead fo­cus on beat­ing Swin­don Town to­day.

The Ex­iles face Wrex­ham in an FA Cup sec­ond round re­play on Tues­day with the win­ner set to face the for­mer Premier League cham­pi­ons.

But Flynn in­sists his side’s fo­cus will first be on over­com­ing Swin­don. Three points would po­ten­tially put the Welsh club into the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places in League Two.

“I’m not in­ter­ested in the FA Cup at this stage,” said Flynn.

“We’ve got Swin­don on Satur­day – that’s all I’m con­cerned about. And then we’ve got a big game against Wrex­ham be­fore we can even think about fac­ing Le­ices­ter.

“It means noth­ing. It could be Real Madrid, but if we lose it means noth­ing.

“I hope it doesn’t en­ter the play­ers’ minds be­cause they won’t be play­ing if it does.”

Tyler Forbes and Joss Labadie have re­turned from in­jury while Rob­bie Will­mott, Matty Dolan and Keanu Marsh-Brown could all be in con­tention to face Swin­don.

But de­spite mak­ing his come­back in Tues­day’s Check­a­trade Tro­phy penalty shoot-out de­feat at Chel­tenham Town, Labadie is un­likely to be se­lected this week­end.

Flynn is keen to pro­tect his for­mer cap­tain and not rush him back too early.

“It was great for Tyler and Joss to get some min­utes and hope­fully we’ll have a few more back for Satur­day,” said Flynn.

“That’s what we need. We haven’t had that com­pe­ti­tion of late. We’ve had to keep to the same play­ers and they’ve done very well, but they’ve played a lot of games and we need to freshen it up a lit­tle bit.

“We’ve got too many games in the next month and they’re all big ones. Joss is def­i­nitely not ready to start yet. He’s got a long way to go and I’m not putting any pres­sure on him.

“It’s the first step of the fi­nal stage and he got a good 20 min­utes at Chel­tenham, he scored a penalty, and he looked con­fi­dent so I’m re­ally happy. “I’m not go­ing to rush him. He’s been train­ing very hard with us, but we’ve got to make sure he doesn’t pull up with any other in­juries.

“It’s not the knee I’m wor­ried about – it’s the ham­string go­ing, or the calf, or the thigh”.

■■MERTHYR Town will be des­per­ate to get back to win­ning ways af­ter crash­ing to a 3-0 de­feat at the hands of Hen­don last week­end.

The re­sult was their first de­feat in four and the Mar­tyrs will be aim­ing to put that right when they play hosts to Kings Lan­g­ley, who are cur­rently mid-ta­ble in the South­ern League Premier Divi­sion.

Merthyr, mean­while, lie in fourth place with 28 points ac­crued so far this term and boss Gavin Wil­liams will be look­ing for a re­peat of the club’s em­phatic 4-1 vic­tory over the same op­po­si­tion last time they met back in April.

Kings them­selves will also be keen to get fir­ing again, hav­ing won four on the spin prior to a mid­week de­feat at Bea­cons­field.

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