THE weather may be grim but Newport County AFC manager Michael Flynn is keen to put the “doom and gloom” surrounding his side to bed as quickly as possible.

County have slipped to 13th in the League Two table after a goalless February and they are without a game this weekend following the postponement of today’s home clash with Accrington Stanley.

They will now aim to end a run of eight games without a win in all competitions when they host struggling Forest Green Rovers at Rodney Parade on Tuesday night.

And Flynn is staying positive, despite recent disappointments.

“We want to win every game but I’m not sure it [the situation we’re in] is as doom and gloom that a few are going on about,” said the Exiles boss.

“We want to win all football matches and there’s nobody more disappointed than myself when we don’t.

“It’s always going to be tough; we’re Newport County, we’re not Tottenham Hotspur.

“We’re not one of the big guns in this league and we haven’t got a divine right to win football matches.

“Where we are as a football club there’s been a massive improvement and as long as we’re improving year after year that’s all you can ask for.”

Flynn also feels there has been an improvement in the last two matches – 0-0 draws at home to Notts County and away to Port Vale, which were preceded by three straight defeats in the league.

“We’re down to 12 games and we’re nine points behind the play-offs with a game in hand,” he added.

“I just want to finish on a high and make sure that we do the right things by ourselves and by the supporters.

“You never know, if we can get on a run again we’ll see where it takes us.”

Utility man Scot Bennett is still ruled out with a hamstring injury and striker Padraig Amond is suffering from a dental abscess but midfielder Matty Dolan should be fit to play, despite picking up a training ground injury.

“Matty Dolan broke his nose in training on Tuesday,” revealed the manager.

“He went up for a challenge and him and Dan Butler collided so he’d got a nice bruise and a cut on his nose.

“It was good to see the boys getting stuck into each other and showing that hunger.

“The appetite is still there. They are working very hard and that’s what they’ve done all season.

“I’m really happy that they’ve managed to improve on what was quite a downcast season last year.”