Don’t fo­cus on Foxes – Flynn

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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 – 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 shootout 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”.

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