MICKEY Demetriou knows better than most that miracles happen and the Newport County AFC stalwart isn’t giving up hope of sneaking into the League Two play-offs.

The Exiles have no margin for error on Friday night when they welcome Colchester United to Rodney Parade (kick-off 7.45pm).

Victory would lift County back into the play-off spots until Tranmere, Mansfield and Salford get the chance to go back above them on Saturday afternoon.

The rest of the play-off hopefuls will then have played 45 games by the time James Rowberry’s men take to the pitch for their penultimate fixture at third-placed Port Vale on Monday, May 2.

It is likely that County have paid the price for a badly-timed tricky spell of four points from six games but Demetriou, who scored the first goal in the Great Escape win over Notts County five years ago, isn’t giving up.

The central defender will keep believing until it’s mathematically impossible to sneak into the top seven.

“We’ve just got to go again,” said the 32-year-old, who started in the 2019 and 2021 play-off final defeats at Wembley.

"We know what we need to do, there are three games left and we need to pick up as many points as possible, then we will see what happens.

“We are not going to give in, we know we are good enough to be in those play-off positions and we will do everything we can to get in there.

“We need to stay positive and keep believing, if we don’t believe then what’s the point of doing it?

“Hopefully the fans will be behind us on Friday night and if we get a good result and put the pressure on the rest of them above us then we can get ourselves in it.

“It would then be up to them to knock us out of the play-off spots again, but we know we probably need to win every game that we play.

“We have got to give everything for three games and we proved at Sutton that we are still going for it, we gave everything out there but it just didn’t go our way.”

South Wales Argus: Mickey Demetriou gets ready to launch a long throw at SuttonMickey Demetriou gets ready to launch a long throw at Sutton

County gave their promotion hopes a boost with a last-gasp win at Swindon but failed to back it up over Easter weekend.

They lost 2-1 to Crawley in Newport before a 1-0 loss at Sutton despite having the better of the game, beaten by a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

“It was a frustrating one, we did enough to get something out of the game and you could say three points,” said Demetriou.

“We stayed strong and believe we were good enough to win, they are a tough team to play against, especially at home.

“We created the chances, while they had a couple so we were frustrated, especially with the manner of the goal.

“We are disappointed after Sutton but we had our chances and they had a bit of lady luck with the ball hitting the inside of the post.

“Any other game and that goes in off the post or falls back down to Dom Telford. If we had got the equaliser then we go on to win the game.”

Failure to get anything leaves County needing help from elsewhere to finish in the top seven.