SCOT Bennett says Newport County AFC need to become the first team to beat Bolton Wanderers since January as they try to stop their League Two promotion push 'fizzling out'.

The seventh-placed Exiles host the Trotters today (kick-off 3pm) on the back of three costly defeats while the visitors are on a 14-game unbeaten streak that has lifted them to third.

Michael Flynn's side are still clinging on in the final play-off berth but are being chased hard with four teams a win away from them and Crawley in 14th just five points back.

County were setting the pace in January but have a fight on their hands to finish in the top seven, let alone put pressure on those in the automatic promotion spots.

Bennett gave them a half-time lead at relegation-threatened Barrow on Good Friday only for the strugglers to strike twice for a 2-1 win.

The Exiles cannot afford many more slips if they are to remain in the hunt.

26.09.20 - Bolton Wanderers v Newport County - Sky Bet League 2 - Scot Bennett of Newport County tangles with Brandon Comley of Bolton Wanderers

26.09.20 - Bolton Wanderers v Newport County - Sky Bet League 2 - Scot Bennett of Newport County tangles with Brandon Comley of Bolton Wanderers

"We have put ourselves in such a great position," said Bennett. "We are disappointed at the moment but we have a chance on Monday to put it right.

"It's a massive game against a team that is close to us and we've got to get the three points, then kick on again. We can't let this fizzle out with the position that we have put ourselves in."

County were in a strong position in Cumbria only for a defensive mistake to allow an equaliser on the counter and then a free-kick by former Exiles loanee Jamie Devitt went through a hole in the wall.

"We are all in it together. If someone makes a mistake then nine times out of ten someone else is able to bail them out," said Bennett.

"We weren't able to do that at Barrow but we have to pick ourselves up. There are nine cup finals, we have to what we can to make sure we are around it at the end."

County will be without defender Mickey Demetriou against Wanderers after he was sent off in Barrow for a second yellow.

The 31-year-old has played in every League Two fixture this season, both on the left side of a back three or four, and his absence will force a reshuffle.

02.04.21 - Barrow v Newport County - Sky Bet League 2 - Mickey Demetriou of Newport County gets a yellow card from referee Lee Mason for flooring Bradley Barry of Barrow

02.04.21 - Barrow v Newport County - Sky Bet League 2 - Mickey Demetriou of Newport County gets a yellow card from referee Lee Mason for flooring Bradley Barry of Barrow

"We've got a really good squad so somebody will have to come and they need to step up," said Bennett. "Wherever I play I will do my best and I am sure whoever comes in will do the same.

"We played well in the first half against Barrow but slacked off and let them back into the game. We've got to go into the game against Bolton and play like we did in the first half and cut out the mistakes."

Defenders Priestley Farquharson and Ryan Haynes could return after not being fit enough for the trip to Cumbria.

County won 2-0 when the sides met in Bolton in September when Tristran Abrahams' double rewarded a dominant display.

The Wanderers have been in flying form since the turn of the year and are tipped by most to go up automatically.

“They are full of confidence and we are a little bit down at the minute. It’s going to be a tough game and we need to be at our best to get three points," said manager Flynn.