MIKE FLYNN SAYS: We will bounce back
10:02am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Newport County
WELL I’ve certainly had better weeks since returning to Newport County AFC than this one.
As Pipey and the manager have already said, we really let ourselves down at Rochdale last weekend and there is no getting away from that.
Credit to Rochdale, they were outstanding, but we were very poor in possession.
The frustrating thing is we were working very hard, running side to side, but the truth is we couldn’t get near them and the thing we’re most disappointed about is that when we did win the ball back; we couldn’t string four passes together.
We encouraged wave after wave of attack because we couldn’t keep the ball. Even though they were playing really well, we could still concentrate on our own passing and possession and we didn’t do that.
For as good as they were, we were sloppy, as bad as they were good and we’ve listened to the manager and to each other and taken things on board.
The good thing is it is just one game, one result, three points gone and there is a tendency with Newport to overreact to one bad result.
I think there was a big overreaction to the Forest Green result (County losing and conceding five, at home, on New Year’s Day) and Rochdale are a far better team than Forest Green.
It is not a disgrace getting beaten there as they’ll be there or thereabouts at the end of the season, it’s more about what we didn’t do when we had the ball.
They were at their best, us at our worst, but we didn’t get hammered and if we’d scored the penalty then who knows?
It all went for them on Saturday. I’ve known Peter Vincenti for years, played against him loads and I’ve never seen him score a goal like that. I asked him where he pulled that goal from and he didn’t even know!
But we didn’t help ourselves, it was a bad day, anyone who says it wasn’t is lying, but as long as it is just a blip and one bad performance, then we can move on.
I know a lot has been made by some fans about the gaffer changing the formation but I don’t think that had anything to do with the result or the performance on Saturday.
It is as if it has been forgotten that we played 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 last season probably from August until January and at the time, when the gaffer wanted to change it, I remember people saying ‘why do we need to play 3-5-2?’
I agree with the gaffer, formations don’t win you matches, whatever formation we played last Saturday, we still didn’t pass the ball to each other.
Pick any numbers you want, 5-3-2, 4-3-1-2, whatever formation you are talking about, we didn’t do a good enough job handling the ball.
But we are absolutely determined to put things right, I can assure you of that.
It’s been a great week to be a Wales fan with the team collecting four great points this week.
I’m pleased for Chris Coleman, the players and Osian Roberts and they stuck to their philosophy and what they believed.
They had a lot of players missing and on Friday I thought they were outstanding against Macedonia given the circumstances.
I was pleased for Chris Coleman as I think he’s the right man at the moment, I think he needs time and I respect him and my good mate James Collins for picking up their phones and putting aside their differences for the good of the country.
I bet they had a good ding dong and both had a lot to say, but it shows Coleman was willing to put his pride aside to do what was right.
People were questioning James and whether he was committed to playing for Wales but I understand he made the call and anyone who questions him doesn’t know him.
It’s easy to sit behind a phone or a computer on Twitter or messageboards, they don’t know him and if they did they’d no he’s proud to play for Wales.
They sorted it out, he played, he was magnificent and then they got an even better result on Tuesday.
And it was nice to see Craig Bellamy bow out on a high because he’s been a magnificent servant to Wales
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