NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn admits he has a big decision to make ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Notts County.

The Exiles boss concedes that super-sub Shawn McCoulsky has made a strong case for inclusion in the starting XI at Meadow Lane.

McCoulsky has scored after coming off the bench in the last three matches and his seven goals – at a rate of one every 62 minutes of action – make him the club’s top scorer so far this season.

But will it be enough to dislodge either Padraig Amond, who is on six goals, or Frank Nouble, who has five to his name?

“Shawn has given me plenty to think about and that’s what I want,” said Flynn.

“Those are the problems I want. He’s coming on and scoring goals.

“Is he ready to start? We’ll find out Saturday.

“But what I will say is that he’s definitely been more dangerous when he comes off the bench.

“Certain situations suit certain players differently.

“What he did show me last Saturday is that he can do the stuff I want him to do and the things he needs to do consistently to improve as a footballer.

“He’s running the channels and getting hold of the ball now and he was a lot more careful with the ball than he was against Swansea under-21s [in the Checkatrade Trophy].

“That was more pleasing to me than him nicking the goal, actually.”

Flynn says McCoulsky could even play alongside Amond and Nouble.

“I think he can play in a two or a three,” added the manager.

“It depends on what Shawn you get. If you get the one who plays in the channels and holds up the ball then he can definitely play in a three.

“If not then he’s better in a two where there’s a decoy and he can maybe have a little bit more space when the defenders are occupied with another striker.

“These are all the thoughts I’m having and I’ll make what I think is the best decision for the team to go and win the game.”

Joss Labadie and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin will both miss the match due to hamstring injuries.

Striker Paul Hayes is not yet fit to play but Robbie Willmott is ready to return after being an unused substitute last Saturday.

“I was tempted to put him on last week when I had one sub left to make,” said Flynn.

“But I thought we were having enough joy and if I had put him on and it flares up just for the sake of 10 minutes I would have been gutted.

“He’s fit now, he’s rested up this week and he’s in contention.”