MIKE FLYNN SAYS: This is the biggest game of our season

South Wales Argus: FIGHTING SPIRIT: We need to show more aggression in defence, like Kevin Feely against Plymouth FIGHTING SPIRIT: We need to show more aggression in defence, like Kevin Feely against Plymouth

I SEE that Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth has labelled today’s game against us as the biggest in their season and it’s the same for us.

I was angry when I spoke to the media after the defeat to Plymouth on Tuesday but I stand by what I said then; we’re not safe yet!

If we can beat Wycombe today then we should be OK but if we lose then we’re going to be in real trouble.

That would leave us facing a really tough couple of weeks because we’re up against three teams who are going for promotion in Burton, York and Rochdale.

Everyone realises the situation we’re in and if they didn’t then they shouldn’t be at the football club.

They’re a good bunch of lads and we have to pull together for this game because we need a win to ensure that the club will be in League Two again next year.

I’ve played against Gareth a few times in my career at various clubs and he’s someone who always gave 100 per cent as a player.

He was an honest, hard-working pro and I think his team will be the same this afternoon.

You can see the traits of the manager in the teams they put out on the pitch and we’ll be in for a tough game.

It was a hard game down there on Boxing Day when we won 1-0 and I got the goal.

We dominated for an hour and got the three points but they battered us towards the end and this is a game we won’t be talking lightly even though they’re in real trouble at the bottom of the table.

That win was the high point of the season for us as a squad and probably for me as well, scoring such a great team goal.

I think that took us to fifth in the table and we were looking at maybe getting the third automatic promotion place at that point.

Since then as we all know things haven’t gone to plan and I’m not going to go over old ground because we all know the difficulties we’ve had over the past few months.

But there’s no excuse for some of the sloppy goals we’ve been giving away in the past few months.

We need to be more switched on at the back. If we hadn’t conceded those silly goals on Tuesday night we would have won 1-0 and that’s the bottom line.

There are so many games where we’ve lost by one goal and if we’d been able to stop gifting teams goals then we’d be much better off.

We don’t get given anything; we have to create great goals or score a worldy.

We’ve got to be like other sides and be much more switched on and more aggressive at the back.

We need to be stronger mentally and say to ourselves ‘we will not concede’ and then with the chances we do create we’ll improve.

That is something that the club needs to take into next season because at any level you can’t keep coming back when you go behind.

I’m hoping for a win for us today and then three more points for the mighty Liverpool tomorrow.

I’ll be watching that game hoping my team take a big stride towards a first league title since 1990.

I was just ten then and it makes me feel like a kid again watching Brendan Rodgers’ team playing such good football and blasting the opposition off the park.

Hopefully the County fans will be just as happy tonight and it’s important that we play our part in remembering the victims of the Hillsborough disaster with a minute’s silence before the 3.07pm kick-off.

Finally I’d like to say a fond farewell to our football secretary and media officer Tim Lane who announced this week that he’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

It will be sad to see Tim go, just like it was when Mike Everett left the club at the end of last season after so many years.

Tim’s fitted in well with everyone here but he’s decided to move on and you get used to seeing people leave when you’re a footballer.

It happens every summer and it’s part and parcel of being at a football club but we all wish Tim good luck.

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1:40pm Sat 12 Apr 14

A fan blowing hot says...

The apparent 10 Commandments of a Newport County manager.

1. Consistency of team performance is essential, but how to switch from consistently bad?
2. Never have a Plan B or any other ploy ready for when the opposition outplay you.
3. Play a professional physically, mentally and emotionally fully fit team - what a novel idea!
4. Stop O'Connor playing for a full season, to see if others can be jolley good at scoring goals.
5. Get rid of the one player who always gives 100%, to encourage team effort for the Conference.
6. Fit or not, the first player picked for every game must be the dynamic, cuddly Danny Crow.
7. A boring, persistently lethal penalty king is not necessary for winning matches.
8. Always play The Yak at centre forward (even for corners), on the rare occasions he is fit.
9. A first class mid-field general is OK for other clubs, but superfluous to Newport's needs.
10. Correct the abundant player confusion of having to play football on a rugby pitch, otherwise it leads to leaking easy goals at one end and not knowing where the target is at the other end.


However, in his mind the current manager is doing his best, his very best in the job that he's got. Other people may judge him differently, but nobody knows the full extent of what the job entails, or how to handle all the responsibilities - because we don't have the job. Consider yourself in the job that you've got: can you honestly admit that every day you carry out your work flawlessly, always doing your very best? Therefore, how can you fault a man who loves his job and who is doing his best in very difficult circumstances? It is impossible to improve on that! With his experience, in his world, the current manager his doing his very best. Thank you Justin, thank you very much!

Home or away, the fans' support is the best in League Two. The fans give their all every match, including their hard-earned money. Players, instead of just saying how good they are to the Argus, should prove it on the pitch by giving your their all every match - thus showing they have sincerely earned the fans' money! 10 points are certainly possible from the last 5 matches this season, because 2 points per match on average is what is required next season in order to get promotion!

How about Newport County 4 Wycombe Wanderers 2. Plenty of goals, entertaining football, and a crucial win on a sunny day at Rodney Parade. That's the dream stuff to give the loyal supporters!
The apparent 10 Commandments of a Newport County manager. 1. Consistency of team performance is essential, but how to switch from consistently bad? 2. Never have a Plan B or any other ploy ready for when the opposition outplay you. 3. Play a professional physically, mentally and emotionally fully fit team - what a novel idea! 4. Stop O'Connor playing for a full season, to see if others can be jolley good at scoring goals. 5. Get rid of the one player who always gives 100%, to encourage team effort for the Conference. 6. Fit or not, the first player picked for every game must be the dynamic, cuddly Danny Crow. 7. A boring, persistently lethal penalty king is not necessary for winning matches. 8. Always play The Yak at centre forward (even for corners), on the rare occasions he is fit. 9. A first class mid-field general is OK for other clubs, but superfluous to Newport's needs. 10. Correct the abundant player confusion of having to play football on a rugby pitch, otherwise it leads to leaking easy goals at one end and not knowing where the target is at the other end. [How stupid to be so cynical regarding the above!] However, in his mind the current manager is doing his best, his very best in the job that he's got. Other people may judge him differently, but nobody knows the full extent of what the job entails, or how to handle all the responsibilities - because we don't have the job. Consider yourself in the job that you've got: can you honestly admit that every day you carry out your work flawlessly, always doing your very best? Therefore, how can you fault a man who loves his job and who is doing his best in very difficult circumstances? It is impossible to improve on that! With his experience, in his world, the current manager his doing his very best. Thank you Justin, thank you very much! Home or away, the fans' support is the best in League Two. The fans give their all every match, including their hard-earned money. Players, instead of just saying how good they are to the Argus, should prove it on the pitch by giving your their all every match - thus showing they have sincerely earned the fans' money! 10 points are certainly possible from the last 5 matches this season, because 2 points per match on average is what is required next season in order to get promotion! How about Newport County 4 Wycombe Wanderers 2. Plenty of goals, entertaining football, and a crucial win on a sunny day at Rodney Parade. That's the dream stuff to give the loyal supporters! A fan blowing hot
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