County legend Tommy Tynan tips Exiles for success
NEWPORT County legend Tommy Tynan says the Exiles have an outside chance of reaching the League Two play-offs this season.
Tynan formed a deadly partnership up front with John Aldridge as the club enjoyed its most successful period under manager Len Ashurst in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
And he believes similar success could be just around the corner under current County boss Justin Edinburgh.
The Liverpudlian striker is the guest of honour at Home Park tonight as Plymouth Argyle, another of his former clubs, host Edinburgh’s men.
And Tynan, who scored 88 goals for County before being sold to Argyle in 1983, is delighted to see his old teams meet in the Football League for the first time since the 1985-86 season.
“It's a game I’ve been looking forward to because it's two teams that obviously mean a lot to me,” said the 57-year-old, who now works as a taxi driver in Plymouth.
“I’ll be out on the pitch at half-time so I hope I’ll get a good reception from both sets of fans!
“It should be an interesting game and I’m sure it will be tight.
“I’m sitting on the fence because Plymouth are on a bad run but they are not playing badly they just aren’t putting the ball in the back of the net. They just need a bit of luck.
“County are going well but any side that gets points at Home Park has done well because it is a tough place to come.”
Tynan has been impressed as he follows County’s results from afar and expects them to have a fine season in League Two.
“I was delighted to see the club win promotion and I know the manager has strengthened over the summer,” he said.
“It’s great to see the club back in the Football League after such a long time and I think they are using that momentum at the moment and performing well.
“Plymouth have struggled for so long now that it seems they are down at the wrong end of the table every year.
“But I think both clubs should have enough to stay up and maybe more,” he added.
“We are only a quarter of the way into the season so anything can happen but in this division you only have to win three or four games and you shoot up the table.
“If you are in the top half at Christmas then you have a chance of making the play-offs and, you never know, Plymouth and County could both be there at the end of the season.”
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