NEWPORT County AFC boss Michael Flynn has warned against taking League Two new boys Barrow lightly after the Exiles’ impressive start to the season.

County have played some terrific football in the early days of 2020/21 with Carabao Cup wins against Swansea City and Cambridge United, a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe in the league and a 1-0 loss to Cheltenham in the EFL Trophy in which a much-changed side created plenty of chances.

Flynn’s side were excellent in beating the U’s in midweek, enjoying 71 per cent possession and having 29 shots.

The expectation will be that they follow up with picking up three points for the first time this season against EFL new boys Barrow, but the manager knows League Two isn’t as simple as that.

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“It was good performance (against Cambridge) but that's behind us now,” he said. “We move on and Barrow will be a tough game because they will be full of confidence after getting promoted and they will be looking to attack League Two.

“They will be looking forward to coming here, although it's a bit of a trek, and they will be looking for their first win.

“I don't think it's much of a step up (to League Two). They strengthened what was already a good squad that got promoted.

“It's not like when you are coming up from the Championship to the Premier League with that gulf in class and finances. It's not that great at this level.”

Flynn was in midfield when Barrow headed to Rodney Parade in January 2013.

Justin Edinburgh’s side were aiming to go top of the Conference while the Cumbrians were bottom yet, after fans helped clear snow from the pitch to get the game on, it was a 2-0 away win.

The visitors are now managed by once-capped former Blackburn midfielder David Dunn and drew 1-1 against Stevenage last weekend.

“They like playing. They played a lot of football last season and are a confident squad with good players,” said Flynn.

“David Dunn has come in and was a very good player. He will be trying to get his own philosophy across as well.

“All I can worry about is what we do and if we concentrate on ourselves and do what we need to do then hopefully we will get the three points.”