ike Flynn has insisted that he will not be playing for a replay against Middlesbrough tomorrow as Newport County travel to the North-East for the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.
"I don't want another game on a Tuesday night, we've got enough of them coming up. We've got a small squad and I want to win and that's it, I don't ever play for a replay. I think we can win."
While a replay would undoubtedly bring larger financial reward for the club - largely through the likelihood of recieving TV money - the fixture congestion, which is already pretty cluttered, would almost certainly become a huge detriment to Flynn's squad.
In a game billed as the 'Transporter Bridge derby', Flynn will go head to head with fellow Newport native Tony Pulis for a place in the fifth round. The pair, at different ends of their managerial careers, grew up just a few streets apart in Pill and have the same mentality when it comes to football but Flynn says he won't simply bow to his counterpart.
"I'm not afraid at all; I've got the utmost respect for Tony, but I'll be trying to beat him on Saturday. He'll make sure he wants to keep me quiet but their ultimate goal is to get into the Premier League" said Flynn.
Newport arguably go into this game on the bigger crest of a wave, still riding high on the back of their heroic 2-1 victory over Premier League Leicester City and also getting their league form back on track with a 1-0 home win over Exeter City last weekend.
But 'Boro will prove equally a tough proposition for County, even if their home form isn't what they would have hoped for. Having dispatched Peterborough 5-0 in the last round, it is possible that the XI that Pulis fields won't be the strongest possible on paper, - a lot of young talent was utilised in that fixture - but it will still be full of Championship quality that will form a stern test.
On the game itself, Flynn said, "It's going to be a physical battle; we have to defend well, pick up second balls. Tony's teams are always fit and strong. They've got a lot of good players and they play football; he [Pulis] gets tarnished for a certain style of football but he wins games."
Flynn continued, "It's a one-off [game against Middlesbrough], but the boys keep raising the bar and making sure it's not a one-off. They deserve every bit of praise they get from the supporters. It's been a phenomenal set of results over the last 15 months and we're going to go there and give it a go."
The stats ahead of the game certainly don't favour County; they haven't got past the fourth round stage since the 1948-49 season and have never beaten MIddlesbrough (their only two previous encounters being in the 1986-87 season, both of which 'Boro won). Furthermore, the home side have won 22 of their last 24 FA Cup meetings against lower league opposition.
However, Mike Flynn has progressed past three of his four ties against high-tiered sides and striker Jamille Matt has scored five goals in six career FA Cup starts.
Fraser Franks remains sidelined after damaging ankle ligaments on league duty and Andrew Crofts also misses out as he spends more time short of fitness on the injury table. For 'Boro, new signing John Obi MIkel is unlikely to feature as he hasn't played a professional game since November but Ryan Shotton may return after missing six games with a knee injury.
A huge game, with the potential of huge rewards, but on this occasion, lets simply just enjoy the ride!
Prediction: Middlesbrough 1-1 Newport County