LOAN star Regan Poole believes today’s clash with Tranmere Rovers and Tuesday’s visit of Swindon Town offer Newport County AFC the chance to turn their play-offs dream into a reality.

County are 11th in the League Two table with eight games to go – six points below the top seven – but they have played fewer games than all the teams above them.

And the visit of fifth-placed Tranmere to Rodney Parade this afternoon, swiftly followed by 10th-placed Swindon on Tuesday, offers the Exiles a golden opportunity according to Poole.

“It’s a big week,” said the 20-year-old defender.

“We’ve got two tough games coming up, but we’re at home in both games so hopefully we can get six points.

“We feel like we can beat any team in the league at home.”

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Michael Flynn’s men head into today’s game on a two-game winning streak after victories over Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town.

“The three points last weekend [at Yeovil] was massive for us and the atmosphere after the game was great,” said Poole.

“That gives us real confidence and belief because it was a tough game and we got through it.

“Hopefully we can kick on now and carry that confidence into the next two games.

“The belief is really high in the dressing room and we just need to keep going and doing what we’re doing and if we pick up six points from these two games it is really on.

“Ever since I got here the aim has been the play-offs and we’ve always been within touching distance but not quite there.

“I think these games give us a real chance to push on and make it possible.”

The Exiles academy graduate returned to Newport on loan from Manchester United in January and he’s enjoying being back home.

“I’m loving every minute,” said Poole. “I’m playing football, which is what I came here to do and we’re doing well.

“We’ve still got something to play for in the league, so I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

“As a footballer you want to be playing in games that mean something and where there’s pressure on it.

“It’s every footballer’s dream to be playing in big games and if we do make the play-offs there are [at least] two more high-profile games to look forward to.”

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