IT HAS BEEN a week of reflection, anticipation and celebration at Newport County AFC, and boss Michael Flynn can’t wait to end it with redemption for that Boundary Park battering.

Three points, no matter how it is achieved, will be the sole aim for the Exiles today (kick-off 3pm) against a Morecambe team still not quite out of danger in League Two.

Speaking to the media yesterday, Flynn was keen to put last Saturday’s 5-0 hammering by Oldham Athletic to bed once and for all and instead focus on the task at hand this afternoon.

Reflecting on the loss to the Latics was no doubt a painful process for the squad, but Flynn anticipates that they will put that right this weekend.

The week also saw the club welcome a new face to the County family, as midfielder Josh Sheehan and fiancée Elinor celebrated the birth of daughter Ariella.

Her dad and his team-mates can now look to redeem themselves in front of the Rodney Parade faithful.

“Around all the negativity, it’s great to see a beautiful girl has been welcomed into the world,” said Flynn.

“It’s their first child and I’m sure it will mature him even more and help him to fully focus on giving his family a good life because there’s a good bond there.

“Every father who has had a daughter knows there’s a special bond, so I’m absolutely delighted for him.”

When it comes to football, Flynn added: “All I’ve been concentrating on this week is the Morecambe game and looking forward to getting back in front of the fans at our place, and hopefully getting a positive result.

“I’ve learnt that we’ve got a good group of boys who had an off day against Oldham.

“They haven’t been that bad all season, even when we have lost, and I’m sure they will be looking to put it right.

“Before last week we had the second-best defensive record in the league. They had an off day, conceded some poor goals, and we’ll put that right this weekend.

“We’ve got to go with the right attitude and mindset, and if we do that it will give us a better chance than if we don’t.

“I’m sure they will because, like I said, they are a good group of players. I don’t care if we win 1-0, as long as we get three points.”

After the Oldham game, Flynn said he had 12 matches to save his job.

Looking back on those comments, he said: “I don’t take anything for granted, but it probably was a little bit in the heat of the moment.

“I always put pressure on myself to win matches and I’ll do that until the day I die, because if you don’t then it probably doesn’t mean as much to you as it should.

“There’s no added pressure, it’s just what I put on myself to get the three points and to be successful.”

Someone else who has had plenty to ponder of late is Morecambe’s veteran striker Kevin Ellison, a good friend of Flynn.

The 41-year-old, a menace to County defences so many times in the past, is out of favour under new Shrimps boss Derek Adams, and has even been forced to train on his own.

“I’d say he’s massively out of favour considering he’s fit and they only have six subs, so that tells you everything,” added Flynn.

“I’ve spoken to Kev and as long as he’s okay on a personal level, that’s as far as my interest goes with him.

“What Derek does is up to him, it’s nothing to do with me what Morecambe do.

“We’ve still got to make sure we don’t give any goals to anybody else.

“Some of the goals he’s scored against us in the past have been poor, we’ve allowed it to happen.

“It doesn’t matter if he’s playing or not, as long as we get the three points.”