COMPLETIST Mickey Demetriou has been foiled in his bid for a perfect 46 League Two games but the Newport County AFC stalwart doesn't want any extras in 2020/21.

The 31-year-old centre-back had to sit out the win against Bolton Wanderers earlier this month after being dismissed for a second yellow card against Barrow.

Demetriou let the frustration of second-half errors get to him as County allowed a 1-0 half-time lead turn into a 2-1 defeat that put a dent in their bid for automatic promotion.

It was an afternoon to forget in Cumbria, and one that lost the defender his tag of ever-present and means he won't repeat his League Two clean sweep of 2017/18.

"Let's not talk about the one I was suspended for! I let things get to me that I shouldn't have done and it ruined the record that I had of playing every game," he lamented.

"It's something that I am proud of, there are not many people that do it. I like to play every game, I hate watching because I can't help the lads put in the performance to win the game.

"Touch wood, that will continue for the next six games and if we have to go for more [in the play-offs] then we will."

09.03.21 Newport County v Bradford City, Sky Bet League 2 - Mickey Demetriou of Newport County is challenged by Levi Sutton of Bradford City

09.03.21 Newport County v Bradford City, Sky Bet League 2 - Mickey Demetriou of Newport County is challenged by Levi Sutton of Bradford City

Demetriou arrived at Rodney Parade in January 2017 and has been a firm fixture in the side since.

He racked up 17 appearances to help in the Great Escape, 53 the following campaign, 58 the year after and 25 before Covid curtailed last season.

Demetriou is set for a third half-century after playing 46 times in all competitions in the current campaign, which has been even more manic after the pandemic led to a later start.

"It feels like we haven't stopped," he said. "I remember the play-off season when me and Dan Butler were on around 60 games.

"It feels like you shouldn't have to play that many games in one season, it's literally Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday for the whole season.

"Come the business end it feels like it has been a long season but we can't let this go. We are used to playing a lot of games, some in higher leagues don't like Saturday, Tuesday but we are used to it and never complain.

"That's what our pre-season and training sessions are for, to make sure we can go for 50 or 55 games in a season."

09.02.21 - Newport County v Southend United, Sky Bet League 2 - Mickey Demetriou of Newport County and Ashley Nathaniel-George of Southend United compete for the ball

09.02.21 - Newport County v Southend United, Sky Bet League 2 - Mickey Demetriou of Newport County and Ashley Nathaniel-George of Southend United compete for the ball

The Exiles' situation is helping to ensure that minds are still sharp in the closing weeks of the campaign.

They sit sixth and are not content with just protecting their play-off spot, Demetriou & Co want to put the pressure on the top three with victory against Cambridge this afternoon (kick-off 12.30pm).

"We want to win all of them and then we might not have to do the play-offs," said the defender, with the U's followed by Crawley, Exeter, Scunthorpe, Cheltenham and Southend.

"In previous campaigns we have put a winning streak together towards the end of the season.

"The top three is still doable. We spent nearly six months of the season there but for one reason or another we are out of it now.

"Performances may warrant that, so we need to put in performances to get back into it. If that happens then brilliant, if not then we have to work out another way to achieve our end goal."

Demetriou will hope a win against the U's starts a run toward 45 appearances and out this season in League Two before returning after a summer break for a crack at League One.