NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn believes that the spirit of his side has been just as impressive as their football after a promising start to the season.

County go into tomorrow's game against Cambridge United at the top of the table with three wins and a draw from four games.

In that time they have also seen off Swansea, Watford and come close to besting Premier League Newcastle United in the cup.

"It’s been positive," said Flynn.

"We’ve played some excellent football.

"Dug deep when we’ve need to and the boys have got their rewards with some very good wins."


On his side’s last League Two outing against Mansfield, Flynn said he was confident they would not suffer a cup hangover after the shoot-out defeat at the hands of Premier League Newcastle United.

"I think the first-half performance was unbelievable, apart from one or two things in the final third," he said.

"Ok, they came out (for the second half) and they were the better team for 25 minutes when they took the lead.

"The way we finished the game was excellent.

"It showed a togetherness from the group to dig deep when they needed to."

Asked whether this season would see a much more open feel to the league, with the final standings being even harder to predict than normal, the Newport manager was typically realistic.

"There are always one or two teams who surprise you," he said.

"You’ve got teams which seem to be having a go, but we’ve just got to stick to what we do.

"We can’t just sit there patting ourselves on the back because that’s when things go pear-shaped.

"We’re pleased with the start we’ve had, but there’s a long road to go."

That long road begins tomorrow with an away trip to Cambridge United.

United sit fourth in League Two and have only lost once in their opening four matches.

"We’ve played them once, at our place, and put on an unbelievable performance," said Flynn.

"But it’ll be a different game on Saturday.

"They’ll bring one or two back in and they’ll be looking to carry on their good form."

The deadline for domestic transfers is fast approaching and the Newport boss is still hopeful that his Exiles side can be bolstered with a couple of additions.

"I still think we need two more players," he said.

"Whether I can do two is a different story.

"I was very close to one over the last couple of days, but we’ll have to be patient."

The signings Newport County AFC have made already this season have come in for praise from all sides after bedding into the side extremely quickly.

Cambridge United v Newport County AFC kicks off at 3pm tomorrow.