ANTOINE Semenyo's late strike was not enough to rescue a point for Newport County AFC at Cheltenham Town after captain Mickey Demetriou missed from the penalty spot. Here are the talking points... 

Wrong team selection

Michael Flynn admitted after the match that he picked the wrong team and the Exiles struggled in the first half as a result.

Things improved after the break when Andrew Crofts and Mark O’Brien replaced the ineffective Charlie Cooper and Cameron Pring (below) with County looking much more solid with a back three.

Crofts was not fit to start but he impressed in the heart of midfield in the second half and showed enough to suggest that he can be an important player in the second half of the season.

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Injury problems not helping

O’Brien’s omission was probably the only mistake from the manager, who didn’t have too many other options due to an injury situation that is not getting any better.

Matty Dolan’s absence due to a hamstring problem was a big blow to a midfield already missing Joss Labadie, Scot Bennett, Robbie Willmott and Keanu Marsh-Brown, and with Crofts not fully fit.

Flynn will hope to have more players available for Tuesday’s home clash with Northampton Town but that looks unlikely.

Individual errors costly

As poor as the performance was, County may well have returned home with at least a point if it wasn’t for some major mistakes.

Fraser Franks appeared to get a call from Jamille Matt when the cross came in from Ryan Broom and his decision not to clear the ball allowed Will Boyle to power a header past Joe Day.

And the goalkeeper was to blame for the second as he failed to hold a shot from Chris Hussey as the ball rebounded off his chest for Tyrone Barnett to pounce.

Time for a new penalty taker

The other big moment came five minutes from time when Mickey Demetriou was pulled down in the box and dragged his spot-kick just wide of the post after some mind-games from former teammate Ben Tozer.

It was a second successive penalty miss from the captain and it cost his side a point in the end, seven weeks after his wayward effort at Forest Green Rovers saw two extra points slip away.

And the manager confirmed after the match that Demetriou will relinquish penalty duties. Time for Padraig Amond to step up?

Defeat not as costly as it could have been

The Exiles dropped from third to fifth in the League Two table but it could have been much worse for Flynn’s men.

None of the teams who made up the top eight on Saturday morning won so County have not lost too much ground on their promotion rivals.

They are level on points with third-placed Colchester United but only two points ahead of Forest Green in 10th as the chasing pack behind top two Lincoln City and MK Dons really bunches up.