NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn insisted his side got their just rewards for another resilient performance as Mark Harris struck late on to earn a point at Exeter City.

Cardiff City striker Harris, who is on loan with County until January, claimed his first goal in senior football nine minutes from time to cancel out Jayden Stockley’s first-half header for the hosts.

And Flynn felt it was a deserved point for his side at the home of promotion hopefuls Exeter.

“I thought without being great we were the better team,” said the Exiles boss, who was full of praise for Harris and goalkeeper Joe Day.

“They had a five-minute spell in the second half when they could have got the second but for a great save from our goalkeeper.

“Joe is an outstanding goalkeeper. We’re fortunate to have him and if he keeps on putting in those performances then I’m sure he’ll go on and play in a higher division.

“But I don’t think they really deserved anything.

“I thought we gave away a sloppy goal and we were the better team.

“We were on top for most of the game, without really having that end product in the final third.

“I was a little bit frustrated and I can’t quite put my finger on it but we just lacked that little bit of quality in the final third.”

But 19-year-old Harris, made the difference after he replaced Josh Sheehan and rode a tackle in the box before calmly slotting the ball past Exeter stopper Christy Pym.

“Mark is an outstanding young lad and that’s all our strikers who have scored now so that’s a big positive.

“I’m absolutely delighted for him to get his first goal.”

Fellow front men Padraig Amond, Jamille Matt and Antoine Semenyo all scored in the Carabao Cup win at Cambridge United on Tuesday night, while Amond also netted the winner against Crewe Alexandra last Saturday.

“It’s been a good week for us,” added Flynn. “Exeter is a tough place to come. They’re effective at what they do and Stockley up front is a handful.

“It’s a good point. We kept going and we showed our character and our resilience and showed that we’re a good football team.”

David Pipe came off with an impact injury at half time and could be a doubt for Tuesday’s home clash with Notts County.

But captain Andrew Crofts, who missed out due to a toe infection, could be fit to return against the Magpies.