MICHAEL Flynn had sympathy for striker Padraig Amond after he missed a glorious chance to score at Wembley last night.

Amond and his Newport County AFC teammates didn’t have a single attempt on goal until the last minute of second-half injury-time of their FA Cup fourth round replay against Spurs.

But, with referee Stuart Attwell about to blow his whistle on a 2-0 win for Tottenham, Amond was suddenly through with only keeper Michel Vorm to beat.

Amond, who had put County in front in the first match at Rodney Parade last month, would have expected to score but fired straight at the Dutchman.

The 29-year-old Irishman has reached double figures for the Exiles this term but netting at the home of English football would have been an extra special moment for the summer signing.

Flynn had some kind words for the former Hartlepool United marksman, but also made light of the situation following Tottenham’s opening goal, which was scored by County defender Dan Butler.

“He’s a bit disappointed but everybody has missed chances in their career,” said Flynn of Amond.

“That’s the kind of lad he is, he’s so honest.

“You have a look at his work-rate and he’ll be kicking himself because it’s not very often you can say you’ve scored at Wembley – but Dan Butler’s beaten him to it and can say it.”

Not managing to find the net was a source of frustration for Flynn, who wanted to give the club’s army of travelling support something to celebrate.

“I was a little bit disappointed we didn’t score at the end because they deserved it and the fans would have made a right noise in the corner,” he added.

“We had over 7,000 fans travel from Newport on a week night.

“I’ve heard it’s the highest away following at Spurs so that’s an unbelievable achievement from our fans and it’s just unfortunate we couldn’t score at the end because it would have been a nice little thank you for them.”

Flynn described the game at Wembley as an “unbelievable occasion” for the League Two outfit, and he hopes it “brings back a generation of fans” to the club.

The Spurs clash came on the same day the Exiles announced Flynn had signed a contract extension.

On that news, he said: “It shows the board appreciates me and allows us to plan properly for the future.

“It’s a big boost for the players because there’s one or two that we want to re-sign, and I think now that they’ve seen the manger do it, it will help get them over the line.”

The money County have made from their run to the fourth round will benefit the club no end, with Flynn having previously stated a new training ground to be his top priority.