Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh hints at possible change of heart over Mike Flynn

HOPE: Newport County skipper Mike Flynn

HOPE: Newport County skipper Mike Flynn

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NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh hinted that he could yet change his mind and offer captain Mike Flynn a new deal after the 2-2 draw at AFC Wimbledon.

The Exiles skipper scored from the spot to give his side a 2-0 lead at the Cherry Red Records Stadium in Kingston after Chris Zebroski’s long range opener.

The hosts battled back for a point thanks to second half strikes from Kwesi Appiah and George Francomb but Edinburgh was full of praise for hometown hero Flynn.

The 33-year-old was told earlier this season that he will not be needed for next season but has since reclaimed his place in the starting XI and the captain’s armband.

Edinburgh has previously insisted that he will stick by his decision but has Flynn done enough now to change his mind?

“He’s not doing a bad job is he? He keeps telling me as well, driving me mad,” said Edinburgh after the final whistle.

“I don’t know. He’s certainly conducted himself well and his performances have been good so you never know.”

Edinburgh was delighted to welcome back striker Aaron O’Connor for his first appearance of the season from the bench but less pleased by the way his side squandered two points.

“It was as good as we’ve been for a long while in the first half and once we got that second goal with the penalty it was a schoolboy error to concede straight away,” said the Exiles boss.

“We all know that you’re at your most vulnerable when you’ve just scored. We’ve been told that since we were eight years old but we lost concentration.

“We should have gone on to win the game comfortably but I’ve got to take the positives because, as disappointing as the second half was, we were good in the first.

“And we were delighted to see Aaron O’Connor getting half an hour,” he added.

“There’s been some dark times for him. He’s been in some bad places and had comebacks and setbacks but I’m really pleased for him and so is the whole group.”

O’Connor is unlikely to start against Burton Albion at Rodney Parade on Monday but should feature again from the bench as County look to avenge their 1-0 defeat in Burton in late December.

“I think it’ll be too early for him,” he said of O’Connor. “I think between now and the end of the season it will be a case of building his match fitness back up.

“Hopefully he’ll react well to this game and he can feature again on Monday.

“We got beat up there and that was the start of our bad run at the turn of the year,” he added. “Every game is a big game and we’ve got two home games left against teams chasing promotion so we have to give them a test.”

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8:45pm Fri 18 Apr 14

larneman says...

Well a point is a point and takes us further away from the bottom. County played really well in the 1st half but once again seemed to fade badly in the 2nd. I don't know why they do that it's very frustrating. Good to see O'Connor back in the saddle but we can't expect a lot from him yet as he must be rusty.
Well a point is a point and takes us further away from the bottom. County played really well in the 1st half but once again seemed to fade badly in the 2nd. I don't know why they do that it's very frustrating. Good to see O'Connor back in the saddle but we can't expect a lot from him yet as he must be rusty. larneman
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8:54pm Fri 18 Apr 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

I thought that they played the game mentioned today?????? Well done the argus, pat on the back to both the writer and editor. Think someone has had a bit too much pop last night :)
I thought that they played the game mentioned today?????? Well done the argus, pat on the back to both the writer and editor. Think someone has had a bit too much pop last night :) grumpyandopinionated
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10:15am Sat 19 Apr 14

jiffygeorge says...

Can't agree Flynn should now stay. Yes, he's shown an excellent attitude and form since being told he wouldn't be needed next season, but he's 33 and it's right to look for someone younger and with a bit more pace and passing ability.
Can't agree Flynn should now stay. Yes, he's shown an excellent attitude and form since being told he wouldn't be needed next season, but he's 33 and it's right to look for someone younger and with a bit more pace and passing ability. jiffygeorge
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11:00am Sat 19 Apr 14

Ultimate Worrier says...

There are central midfielders who should be ahead of Flynn in the queue for the exit door.

Max Porter is much younger, but quite clearly nowhere near as fit (either naturally or physically).

Adam "suspended for half the season" Chapman cannot be relied upon, either to not get suspended or to look after himself away from the training ground.

Tom Naylor is a defender by trade and is not our player.

Every team needs somebody in there who can exert some sort of authority over a game, and Flynn absolutely should be retained as many of us have been saying all season long.
There are central midfielders who should be ahead of Flynn in the queue for the exit door. Max Porter is much younger, but quite clearly nowhere near as fit (either naturally or physically). Adam "suspended for half the season" Chapman cannot be relied upon, either to not get suspended or to look after himself away from the training ground. Tom Naylor is a defender by trade and is not our player. Every team needs somebody in there who can exert some sort of authority over a game, and Flynn absolutely should be retained as many of us have been saying all season long. Ultimate Worrier
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11:13am Sat 19 Apr 14

Pianoman42 says...

Flynn should be kept, simple as that. And play him more.

I was dynamite when I was 33, and so can he be.

Experience, control of the midfield, and someone who can convert penalty awards.

Up the County!
Flynn should be kept, simple as that. And play him more. I was dynamite when I was 33, and so can he be. Experience, control of the midfield, and someone who can convert penalty awards. Up the County! Pianoman42
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11:40am Sat 19 Apr 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

Mike Flynn might be getting on a bit for a footballer at 33 but he's a game controller and he's the only one we've got at the moment. Game controllers don't necessarily need to be prominent in themselves but they are vital in inspiring confidence in others. JE now seems to be acknowledging that.
Mike Flynn might be getting on a bit for a footballer at 33 but he's a game controller and he's the only one we've got at the moment. Game controllers don't necessarily need to be prominent in themselves but they are vital in inspiring confidence in others. JE now seems to be acknowledging that. ex-St. Julians boy
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4:08pm Sat 19 Apr 14

chico16 says...

Why on earth do you give the SWA a story like this .
It does no one any good at all.
Just shows total lack of managerial experience.
This is playing about with someone's employment to give the argus a story .
Not good form.
Why on earth do you give the SWA a story like this . It does no one any good at all. Just shows total lack of managerial experience. This is playing about with someone's employment to give the argus a story . Not good form. chico16
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5:11pm Sat 19 Apr 14

jetspotter says...

I've thought for some time that County are a firm surface team and don't handle heavier winter pitches. Not sure I like the idea of a player who is 'volatile' and likely to unexpectedly 'explode' Pianoman !!
I've thought for some time that County are a firm surface team and don't handle heavier winter pitches. Not sure I like the idea of a player who is 'volatile' and likely to unexpectedly 'explode' Pianoman !! jetspotter
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4:30pm Sun 20 Apr 14

asrncafc says...

A very Happy Easter to Argus on County journalists and fellow contributors supporting Newport County.
A very Happy Easter to Argus on County journalists and fellow contributors supporting Newport County. asrncafc
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4:39pm Sun 20 Apr 14

michaelgdn says...

Just I expected and forecast recently, Flynn has produced the spark, energy and experience the County have been sadly lacking, forget age, he will be needed in the basic team matrix to start off next season .Remember the missed penalties earlier this season, that could have made County really points safe, that would have saved such a lot of 'nail biting' .

Justin please to not take chances, sign Flynn, he is reliable and dependable and above all sets an example, especially just what Jolley needs.
Just I expected and forecast recently, Flynn has produced the spark, energy and experience the County have been sadly lacking, forget age, he will be needed in the basic team matrix to start off next season .Remember the missed penalties earlier this season, that could have made County really points safe, that would have saved such a lot of 'nail biting' . Justin please to not take chances, sign Flynn, he is reliable and dependable and above all sets an example, especially just what Jolley needs. michaelgdn
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9:37am Mon 21 Apr 14

Pianoman42 says...

jetspotter wrote:
I've thought for some time that County are a firm surface team and don't handle heavier winter pitches. Not sure I like the idea of a player who is 'volatile' and likely to unexpectedly 'explode' Pianoman !!
Boom boom!
[quote][p][bold]jetspotter[/bold] wrote: I've thought for some time that County are a firm surface team and don't handle heavier winter pitches. Not sure I like the idea of a player who is 'volatile' and likely to unexpectedly 'explode' Pianoman !![/p][/quote]Boom boom! Pianoman42
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