MANAGER Michael Flynn believes Newport County AFC should be given a break by the EFL to move away from their pitch problems at Rodney Parade.

The Exiles had to settle for a point after a goalles draw against League Two strugglers Stevenage in a low-quality game of few chances.

It was an encounter to highlight why the club are asking if they can shift some, or possibly all, of their eight remaining home fixtures from Rodney Parade to take the strain off the surface.

Plans to put in a new hybrid pitch last summer were hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Exiles have had to ditch the expansive style from the first half of the campaign.

County chairman Gavin Foxall told the Argus that an EFL board meeting on Thursday will make a decision on the short-term ground move to a destination yet to be confirmed by the club.

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“It would be welcome,” said Flynn, whose side train at Spytty Park and the FAW’s Dragon Park in the city.

“It’s the ground staff that I feel sorry for as well as the players, they are working so hard in what is an almost impossible situation.

“If it happens then it will be something that we would be comfortable with. It’s not the norm but this season is not the norm either.

“There needs to be allowances for situations like this and hopefully we might get something positive.

“If we had any bad weather then a game is going to be off and there is only a week spare, and that is an international week and we’ve already had one player called up [Malta’s Luke Gambin].”

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Stevenage had the best opening of a dire draw but were denied by a smart block by goalkeeper Nick Townsend in the first minute of the second half.

County didn’t lack endeavour but failed to hit the heights of their midweek win at Walsall with the draw leaving them sixth in the table, dropping back on those chasing automatic promotion.

“They kept going and going,” said Flynn. “They are a bit disappointed but it is a point, we are gutted that we didn’t get the three but their effort and commitment was first class.

“There were just some moments when we lacked a bit of quality on the ball and made the wrong decision.

“It comes to something when a direct free-kick is classed as a good chance for us. I feel for the players but their work-rate was spot-on.

“We made one mistake and nearly got punished for it. That is the importance of making no mistakes on this pitch. It is that important and they have to stay switched on for the whole game.”

Captain Joss Labadie missed the draw with Stevenage because of a knee injury but will be fit for the clash at Tranmere.

“We missed Joss,” admitted Flynn. “The lads did their best in their today but sometimes he gives us that edge winning the ball higher up the field.

“We want to get some positive results. It will be tough because Tranmere are flying but we will go there and give it our best shot, then it’s another long trip to Colchester.”