“GREEDY” Newport County AFC boss Michael Flynn lamented two points dropped in their League Two promotion push after they conceded a late leveller at Mansfield.

The Exiles looked set to grind out a 1-0 win at Field Mill when Joss Labadie won possession, drove to the box and fired underneath goalkeeper Aidan Stone after 74 minutes.

However, Tyrese Sinclair’s first senior goal with six minutes remaining, when he robbed Liam Shephard with the hint of a foul and slammed home, ensured the Stags got a draw that should ensure they don’t get dragged into a relegation scrap.

Flynn felt that County should have ended their winless streak at Mansfield that stretches back to August 2012.

“It was two points dropped. We took the lead and the goal that we gave away was poor – we didn’t stop the cross, it was a poor clearance and nobody tried to block the shot,” said the manager.

“I am gutted for the players because they gave everything. We have come on some way if we are disappointed to draw at Mansfield because their squad is littered with a lot of good League Two players.

“Because we took the lead, it’s two dropped but it was a battling performance and an away point, we’ll move on to Tuesday.”

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County now face a huge week in which play-off hopefuls Carlisle head to Rodney Parade on Tuesday before leaders Cambridge are the visitors on Saturday.

With seven games left this season, Flynn is hopeful that his players will be able to look back fondly at a hard-earned point at Field Mill.

“That might be the most important point of the season; remember a few years back when we were disappointed with a point at Macclesfield," he said, referring to the 2019 goalless draw on matchday 43 that helped the Exiles make the play-offs.

"It was all doom and gloom but ended up being the best point that we had.

“I haven’t got a crystal ball and it might being the worst two points we’ve dropped all season but I’ll look ahead rather than things behind me.

“I am greedy and want to win but we got a point and I’m not going to turn that down.”

Striker Nicky Maynard, who scored the only goal of Monday's win against Bolton, is likely to return to the starting line-up against Carlisle.

He could not play against Mansfield as he is on loan from the Stags.