NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn hopes the confidence his side will take from Sunday’s shock FA Cup win over Leicester City can help kick-start their League Two promotion push.

Goals from Jamille Matt and Padraig Amond, who now have 30 between them this season, earned County a 2-1 win over the 2016 Premier League champions on a night to remember at Rodney Parade.

It was remarkable result for a side who have not won a league match since November 27 and who lost to 10-man Stevenage on New Year’s Day.

Saturday’s results meant that Flynn’s men dropped to 13th in the table, seven points off the top-seven, but he believes Sunday’s performance will help them recover their league form – starting at Crewe Alexandra next weekend.

“I said in my team talk ‘you can all get your confidence back in one hit today. You go and produce a good performance and you get your confidence back’ and we did that,” explained the Exiles boss.

“Now if we stick together and help each other there are no excuses at the weekend, it’s as simple as that.

“I’ve got so much faith in these players,” he added. “I love coming in to work with them day in and day out, but they don’t half frustrate me.

“We couldn’t beat Stevenage on New Year’s Day against 10 men for an hour!

“That’s nothing against Stevenage, but it’s crazy how they can raise their levels and keep concentrating for 95 minutes against a team seventh in the Premier League.

“That’s why I get frustrated sometimes, because we know we can be a good team.”

It’s now about reaching those same standards on a consistent level in the league, according to Flynn.

“I’ve got a lot of good players, players who can play at a higher level,” said the manager.

“It’s just that consistency [that is missing]. You need that consistency as a footballer, and in anything you do in life.

“If you’re a 9/10 one day and 2/10 the next then nobody knows what they’ll get out of you and top managers won’t trust you.

“You’ve got to be consistent and those who are consistent usually go to the top.”

New signing Vashon Neufville enjoyed a fine debut in place of the suspended Dan Butler on Sunday and Flynn admits he faces a selection dilemma for the Crewe game.

“I think it was a little bit unfair of me to put Vash in,” he said. “He only trained with us for one day.

“I thought he got better as the game wore on. He got thrown in at the deep end and he gave a good account of himself.

“Dan might not get in now! He’s been excellent for us and it’s good now to welcome him back in and hopefully he’ll strengthen us ready for Crewe.”

Flynn also praised the club’s fans for their support against the Foxes.

“The atmosphere was electric,” he said. “The fans got right behind the players and they didn’t stop. They sang their hearts out and I bet there’s a few voiced gone like mine.

“They’ve been brilliant. You get the odd one or two who moan but you’ve got to take that with a pinch of salt.

“You can’t keep everybody in life happy and you’ve got to concentrate on the ones who really get behind you when the times are bad as well.

“I feel extremely proud,” he added. “It’s huge for the football club, the community and all the fans and the players.

“It was a real team effort and it’s something I’m really proud of.

“We’ve beaten a really good Premier League team and it’s something I’ll never forget.”