ike Flynn believes that County have the confidence and guts to do exactly what they're doing in training to ensure that they deliver on the pitch come matchday. Speaking ahead of Saturday's game at home to Stevenage, he said, "They're really going out and expressing themselves and I couldn't be happier at the minute. At the minute, they deserve all the praise they're getting and hopefully we carry it on."
County have conceded in the opening 20 minutes in each of the last three matches; Flynny remained philosophical on the subject, stating "Nobody wants to start an early goal against but it happens in football. We've just got to keep concentrating, keep trying to improve and hopefully we'll have a clearer game at times; a more straightforward game."
Mike had a lot of praise for counterpart Dino Maamria going into Saturday's contest: "Dino is very hard-working; very thorough in what he does and how he does things. He's got determination to do well; we've just got make sure our qualities are better than his on the pitch on Saturday.
Flynn added, "He (Maamria) made eight or nine changes on Tuesday night in looking forward to the Newport game; I take it as a compliment that he felt he needed to rest that many for Saturday."Having gone through the month of September entirely unbeaten, Flynn knows that Stevenage's 8-0 Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Charlton is an irrelevance; "It's never nice losing by that amount at home. Dino knows where his bread and butter is and thats the league and they'll be coming here for three points at the weekend."
Flynn wouldn't give any information as to who is and isn't available regarding injuries but it is suspected that Andrew Crofts remains out with his Achilles injury Matt Dolan is in contention after being back on the bench last weekend at Forest Green.
Stevenage have shown guts of their own to this point of the season to get themselves into 5th position in the table so will offer a stern test of County's mettle. Having scored in all but one of their last six outings, 'Boro come to Rodney Parade on the back of a 3-3 draw and 1-0 vicory over County in the 2017-18 campaign; and with Ben Kennedy already on five goals for the season, they too are a potent side going forward - this was demonstrated as they put three past free-scoring Colchester United last weekend
A tight match in prospect, then. It will likely come down to how decisive County are in defence; 11 goals conceded in the last three home games is not something they'll be proud of and will be eager to keep their first league clean sheet since last month's trip to Tranmere. It is plain to see that there are goals in the squad from all positions but the spotlight will certainly be on the back line to remain solid.
Prediction: Newport County 1-1 Stevenage
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