BOSS Michael Flynn was thrilled to see Newport County AFC’s pressure finally pay off at the death against Port Vale – even if it meant getting an ear-bashing from match-winner Kevin Ellison.

The Exiles maintained their perfect record at Rodney Parade in League Two thanks to the veteran forward’s finish six minutes into injury time.

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It looked like County were going to have to settle for a point from an entertaining encounter before Ellison, who had only come on after 84 minutes, slammed home the only goal of the game after Matty Dolan’s whipped corner had caused mayhem.

It was a first goal in amber for the 41-year-old forward, who arrived from Morecambe in the summer.

Flynn, a long-time friend of the last-gasp hero, said: “I don’t know if it’s pleasing for me because he won’t shut up about it! He’s already spouted off, as soon as he scored he said imagine how many he’d get if he was given more than six minutes!

“I know what I am getting from Kev and he’s a brilliant option to have. If that was to fall to anyone I wanted it to be him, because I knew that he would score.

South Wales Argus:

“Kev is a character but a fantastic professional, that’s why he is still playing at that age, and he is a fantastic human being. He has had some tough times but has come through and is always there to help others.”

County have struck at the death against Mansfield, Colchester and Harrogate in their perfect Rodney Parade start when winners have come from Dolan, Padraig Amond and Brandon Cooper.

Flynn hailed his team’s fighting spirit, while also bemoaning the lack of a killer touch.

“It shows that we keep going, we keep trying and keep probing. It also says that we should score a few more earlier on in games,” he said.

“I’ll always push for more and will never rest on my laurels. I will push and push and push. I want to win, I hate losing and I want the players to fulfil their potential.”

“We created a lot of opportunities but, once again, the finishing was not what it should be,” he continued.

“It’s the sign of a good team that they kept going, we knew that they had 10 men and we knew that we would have another chance, and what a finish from Kev.

South Wales Argus:

“We wanted to attack them and took off our two wing-backs and went with two wingers. We wanted to force the issue and go for the win.

“I knew that if an opportunity fell for Kev that he would score, and that’s what he did.”

The games come thick and fast for County with Walsall visiting Newport on Tuesday followed by a home tie against Salford in round two of the FA Cup.

“We have to keep going. We were dominating the game when they had 11 men and they are a very good team who will be there or thereabouts in the play-off hunt,” said Flynn.

“I am not getting carried away but it was a very important three points and it’s now on to Tuesday.”