NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn again called on his side to develop a ruthless streak after Crawley Town earned a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade.

The visitors led 1-0 after Danny McNamara handled in the box and Ashley Nathaniel-George beat Tom King from the spot 10 minutes before the break.

Tristan Abrahams came off the bench to equalise with his first touch on 74 minutes as he buried a penalty after Josh Sheehan was bundled over in the area.

But Abrahams had two chances to win it in stoppage-time, first hitting the post and then seeing a shot cleared off the line.

And Flynn was frustrated not to claim all three points.

“I thought we should have won the game,” said the Exiles boss.

“It was quite an even first half. I thought we started the better, but it was a penalty.

“Danny’s hand was slightly out and you can’t do it these days so I’m not going to moan about that. It was harsh, but it was a penalty.

“But I thought the boys were excellent in the second half and we should have scored two or three.

“I keep saying that, week in and week out, and I’ve just said to the players that we need to get this ruthless streak.

“We can’t score wonder goals every week, we’ve got to score ugly ones, the tap-ins.

South Wales Argus:

“Tristan’s disappointed he missed that chance at the end but he came on and he was excellent.

“He had the confidence to take the penalty and we should have won the game against a decent Crawley team.”

County slip to fifth in the table but they remain three points behind leaders Crewe Alexandra, who were held at home by Colchester United.

And Flynn’s men, who go to Colchester at the weekend, still have a game in hand over the Railwaymen.

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