FORGET style; it’s all about steel and doing whatever’s necessary to get the win for Newport County AFC tonight, according to top scorer Padraig Amond.

With seven games left to play, it’s crunch time for County in the race to claim a place in the League Two play-offs.

The Exiles are 13th in the table, six points below seventh-placed Exeter City with a game in hand, as they prepare to take on 10th-placed Swindon Town at Rodney Parade (kick-off 7.45pm).

A win for Michael Flynn’s men would see them climb above the Robins into the top 10 and keep them within touching distance of Exeter, who are also in action at bottom club Macclesfield Town tonight in the only other fourth-tier fixture.

Amond knows it is a big night for the club, especially after Saturday’s frustrating 0-0 home draw with Tranmere Rovers.

“I think it’s a game we possibly could have won,” said the striker after that match.

“Three points would have been massive but we got a point and a clean sheet and we move on.

“It keeps the momentum going and we’ve got another massive game now.

“I don’t think there’s extra pressure, I think it would have been the same pressure if we’d won [on Saturday].

“It’s important that we didn’t lose and stop that momentum.

“We’ve got four home games and three away to go and we’ve got a good home record so if we can get a win [against Swindon] it keeps us right in the mix.”

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Amond believes the players who were involved in the Great Escape from relegation in 2017 will be able to use that experience over the next few weeks.

“A lot of the lads had the experience of going on a run at the end of the season,” he said.

“Some people will think it’s gone now, but there are seven games left for us to have a good bat at it.

“Probably we should be a little bit higher in the league with some of our performances this season, but if you’d offered us this position at the start of the season then we’d have taken it.

“We need to get that win [tonight] to really cement that chance that we have.

“It’ll be taking points off a rival and we just need to get a win, whatever the performance is like it’s irrelevant at this stage of the season – it’s just about getting three points.”

Amond made his 100th appearance for County from the bench on Saturday but he’s ready to return to the starting XI tonight after recovering from a fractured elbow.

And the 30-year-old is determined to enjoy a successful end to the season as he targets another call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad.

“That’s obviously the aim,” he added. “If I’m doing a job here, everything else can come off the back of that.

“It’s the biggest honour I’ve ever had in football and I hope it’s not the last time.

“But I want to get the team into the play-off positions and extend the season by two or three weeks first.”

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