NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn accepts that Tranmere Rovers are the favourites to win Saturday’s League Two play-off final, but he’s confident that it will be his side celebrating at Wembley.

Flynn is full of respect for Tranmere and his opposite number Micky Mellon and he’s expecting a tight contest at the home of English football.

But he’s vowed to leave nothing to chance in the pursuit of promotion to League One and he believes his players will have the edge on the big stage.

“The week has gone well so far, and we’ll have them ready in peak condition on Saturday,” said the Exiles boss.

“There will be no stone left unturned. We’ll be as prepared as we can be.

“We do our homework on every team we play, whether it’s Tottenham Hotspur or Maidstone United.

“Whoever it is we do the same in-depth report and analysis to give us the best chance of winning the football game.”

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The main goal threat on Saturday will come from James Norwood – the top scorer in the English Football League – but Flynn is adamant that Rovers are far from a one-man team.

“James Norwood is a big threat,” he said. “But’s he’s got to get the ammunition first from players like Connor Jennings, who’s very dangerous, and Jake Caprice coming down the right as well.

“We’ve got to try to stop it at source. That’s the easiest way – prevention is better than cure.

“Norwood works his socks off and he’s a good finisher. You don’t score 32 goals without being a good finisher.

“But I’m confident that whoever plays up-front for us will be just as good or even better that that.

“And he’s just one of their threats,” added Flynn.

“Tranmere will bring a lot of energy and a big threat. You see the players they’ve got there, Norwood, Sid Nelson, Jay Harris in the midfield to name but a few.”

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The bookmakers have Mellon’s men as the favourites to win on Saturday and Flynn agrees with that assessment.

“There’s not much between the teams but you’d probably say with Tranmere finishing above us in the league then they’re slight favourites,” he said.

“That doesn’t bother me. They finished above us in the league, they’ve got some very good players and a good manager in Micky Mellon.

“And they’ve got a good assistant manager in Michael Jackson, who I played alongside at Blackpool.

“My assistant Wayne Hatswell used to play alongside Micky Mellon, so they’ll know what kind of characters we are as we do with them.

“They’re people I’ve got a lot of respect for,” he added.

“Micky’s done a fantastic at Tranmere. They’ve made huge strides and they’ll be thinking exactly the same as us.

“Let’s not beat around the bush, they’ll see themselves as League One club. They believe they can get promoted and we’ve got to stop them doing that.

“It’s going to be a very tough game but if we turn up and play to the best of our abilities, I’m confident we’ll get promoted.”

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