NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn admits hopes of automatic promotion are fading after a solid point against Carlisle United.

The Exiles played out a goalless draw with the Cumbrians at Rodney Parade to climb above Forest Green Rovers into sixth in the League Two table.

Carlisle would have leapt over Flynn’s side with victory in Newport but remain three back, while it was a bad night for a number of the chasing pack.

County host second-placed Cambridge on Saturday but with six games remaining, staying in the play-off spots seems to be a more realistic ambition than reeling in the pace-setters.

“It was a solid point gained,” said Flynn. “There were some favourable results and we can still finish on 80 points, and we will try to get there.

“It’s going to be a tall order [to get top three] but we will finish as high as we can.”

Carlisle wasted a number of openings in the first half in Newport and were a threat on the break throughout.

The Exiles were close to stealing the win at the death when Ryan Taylor fired over when well-placed on his left foot but Flynn admitted it would have been harsh on the Cumbrians.

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“It was a fair result. They edged the first half in terms of chances and we were the better team in the second half,” he said.

“We were trying to win it at the end and with a couple of different decisions we might have done that.

“They are a good team who are very, very good at what they do. They are tough to beat with pace going forward, they don’t look to build they look to hit you on the counter.

“They have an organised defence, their midfield three work their socks off and they are a strong team.

“It was a hard-fought point and it hasn’t done us too much damage. It was a nervy, hard-fought game between two teams who maybe aren’t at 100 per cent of their form.

“We’ve got another tough one on Saturday and the confidence will be good because we finished on a high.”

County will monitor Matty Dolan after the defender was forced off in the closing stages with a head injury.