ounty manager Mike Flynn remained philosophical about his side’s thumping 6-0 home defeat to Yeovil and prefers to look ahead to the trip to Tranmere this Saturday.
Recounting that awful encounter, Flynn said, “As much as it was a freak result, I’m not going to take anything away from Yeovil – we knew what they were good at, we did our homework, our analysis and what to work on on the training ground. We went out and played in a way that suited them; they counterattacked us at pace and they took their chances; they had 8 shots on target and scored 6 of them.”
He continued, “You can’t make that many errors in a football match and expect to get away with it. There were too many players having an off-day and Yeovil were at the top of their game; they deserved to win.”
Always one to remain positive, Flynn stated, “We win together, we lose together. The players have done extremely well; they were hurting as much as anybody [after Saturday]. We’ve got to put it behind us now and put it right on Saturday. We need a reaction now and a really good performance because it’s going to be tough up there.”
This is a point which could easily be dismissed, considering that Rovers are embarking on only their first season back in the Football League following promotion from the National League.
However, Micky Mellon’s side have really made strides this season, having already kept four clean sheets from their eight league matches so far and have only tasted league defeat on one occasion.
This has resulted in the Merseyside club climbing to 8th place in the table, just three points behind County.
2-0 winners at Carlisle last time out, are unbeaten in the league since August 18th, where they went down 3-2 away at Swindon Town, doing so after spending more than three-quarters of the game a man light. Additionally, striker James Norwood currently tops the League Two scoring charts, having notched up seven goals to date. All these attributes point to a tricky afternoon at Prenton Park.
County have no new injury worries ahead of the trip; the vast majority of the squad will be available for selection. Andrew Crofts remains on the sidelines with an Achilles injury. It was insisted that this is a precautionary measure based on the location of the injury and its potential to become a far larger issue if he were risked prematurely. Robbie Wilmott begins his three-game suspension after his needless red card against Yeovil last time out.
The men in amber can be buoyed by their recent away form. In particular, the way they defended during their wins in consecutive visits to Port Vale and Oldham Athletic. In fact, the only defeat County have suffered on the road this year is at Mansfield Town on the opening day of the season, meaning that they are equally equipped to cause the home side issues on their own turf and should make for an intriguing afternoon.
Mike Flynn reserved praise for Joe Day as he prepares to make his 200th appearance for the Exiles. “It goes to show the level he’s been at; he’s been challenged by a number two [where he maybe hadn’t been right at the start] said the former Exile midfielder. “He’s somebody I’ve got a lot of time for because he’s a great professional; he does everything right day in day out and hopefully he gets what he deserves with a win on Saturday.”
Prediction: Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Newport County