NEWPORT County AFC star Sean Rigg insists the Exiles are not bothered by criticism from “bitter” Crawley Town manager Harry Kewell.

Former Liverpool and Leeds United ace Kewell made it clear that he was unimpressed by the football that County played as they beat his side 2-1 on Tuesday night thanks to two headers from Mickey Demetriou.

The Australian laughed when asked if Michael Flynn’s men could sustain a play-off push in League Two and Rigg is bemused by his reaction to the loss.

“It’s a bit confusing, really,” said Rigg. “He said we like to lump it and it was boring football but I think he was maybe just a bit bitter after the loss.

“I don’t get that because as soon as we scored we were in the game and I think we were on top for the majority of the game.

“We played some nice stuff and we scored two good set-pieces.

“Managers do get bitter at times but it doesn’t bother us. We got the three points and we played better than them so that’s all that matters.”

Flynn also rejected the suggestion that his side are route one cloggers.

“You’ve got to fight and scrap for everything in this league,” said the Exiles boss.

“We didn’t start the greatest the other night but we put in a very professional performance after that.

“We were the better team, we stopped them playing and didn’t really look like conceding until that header that went just past the post right at the end.

“To be honest, I’m not too interested in what other teams think of us.

“If they want to underestimate us or not like our style of play it’s entirely up to them.

“I think for the first seven games we created an average of 20 chances a game by playing some really good football.

“Every team has a little dip but we still played some good stuff at times the other night and we’re getting points on the board.

“My main objective is making sure Newport County are in the Football League come the end of the season.”

Asked directly about Kewell’s comments, Flynn said: “It doesn’t bother me at all. We’re not a long-ball team. We scored from two set-plays because we work on them.

“We work on keeping them out of our goal, so I was disappointed with their goal the other night, and we knew we could capitalise on their weakness.

“We did that so I’d say that’s good planning.

“I’m not interested what anybody else says about our team,” he added.

“Harry’s got his philosophy and the way he wants to play and good luck to him.

“I think we’ve outplayed most teams this season, including Exeter when we lost.

“We’ve played a lot of good football this season, a lot better than in previous years, and the more wins we get and the more confidence we get we’re only going to get better.”