FA CUP goal hero Padraig Amond insists he and his Newport County AFC teammates will be fully focused on beating Notts County tonight and reviving the club’s ailing play-off hopes in League Two.

Manager Michael Flynn is angry that his side have to make the tough trip to Meadow Lane so soon after taking on Premier League champions Manchester City in Saturday night’s fifth-round tie.

But Amond, who got the Exiles’ goal in the 4-1 defeat at Rodney Parade, is adamant that the players will be up for the challenge of taking on the in-form Magpies.

“It won’t be tough to pick ourselves up,” said the striker.

“At the moment, these games are one-offs – they’re free games that you can enjoy.

“But straight afterwards we were already thinking about Notts County and we’ll be back at it and ready to get ourselves back in the hunt.

“Someone always makes a late run for the play-offs and we have to believe that we can do that.”

Flynn’s men are now 15th in the table, nine points below seventh-placed Carlisle United with two games in hand.

Notts remain bottom but they are in fine form after drawing with leaders Lincoln City and beating promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers and Mansfield Town in their last three games.

“They’re in good form,” said Amond. “They’ve won a couple of games now and they’ve signed some good players.

“They’ll want to get out of the relegation zone and we have to be on it or we’ll be up against it.

“We don’t want it to be [a case of] after the Lord Mayor’s show, we want to get back to winning ways as quick as possible.

“We’re better than 15th place, but we have to be more ruthless in both boxes – like the gaffer has said on numerous occasions.

“We should have beaten MK Dons last week. On another day we could have won it 5-0, but we can’t keep saying ‘on another day’ all the time.

“We have to be ruthless because we will create chances and we just need to take them, and when we’re on top we need to make sure we kill teams off.”

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Amond now has 19 goals to his name this season and Saturday’s strike, which kept up his record of scoring in every round of the cup, is one he will cherish for years to come.

“That is probably one of the best moments I’ve ever had in football,” said the 30-year-old.

“For about a minute I could have fought anyone, I could have beaten anyone, I could have done anything. That was the best feeling you’ll ever get.

“All my family were at the game – I think my little brother broke his nose in the celebrations – and it was brilliant to be able to share it with them.

“Not many players score against that team so it’s a very proud moment. In years to come I’ll be unbearable to listen to, talking about it!”

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