Padraig Amond, pictured scoring against Spurs in the FA Cup.. Pic: Getty Images.

Newport County Plan Ahead In Quest For Promotion

Mathematically, the Exiles could still qualify for the play-offs because they have five matches left, but that is a remote prospect.

Flynn says he has identified the players he wants to keep, those who are in the ‘maybe’ category and the new signings he is keen to bring in.

“It’s clear we need strikers,” said Flynn after County’s first home win in 85 days. “Our leading scorer has 13 and we need a 20 goals a season man. They are not easy to find.

“We were absolutely superb during the first half against Swindon Town and should have been further ahead.

“But we conceded another poor goal and didn’t kill them off. Ben Tozer missed an open goal and I hammered him for that, but we were the better side by far.

“They did everything we asked from them.”

Padraig Amond scored his first goal for Newport at Rodney Parade and Flynn said: “He was excellent. Superb.

“His work rate is different class and he took his goal really well. He has been down on confidence, I know he has played most of the games or maybe every game, but strikers are a funny breed.

“They need goals and you just need that one to kickstart a run. That finish was superb.”

Former Cardiff City trainee Rollin Menayese, a Wales youth international, was sent off during the second half as Swindon struggled to cope with Newport’s threat.

County went ahead after 14 minutes when Aaron Collins skipped past two challenges before finding David Pipe, who guided a pinpoint delivery into the area for Amond.

He took a touch and then volleyed a superb strike over goalkeeper Stuart Moore and into the top left corner.

Newport went 2-0 ahead after 35 minutes when Ben White crossed and Tozer headed into the far bottom corner.

Swindon pulled a goal back when substitutes Donal McDermott and Paul Mullin combined just after the hour. Mullin seemed to get the slightest of touches and was awarded the goal.

Menayese, aged 20, was dismissed with 25 minutes when he was booked for a second time after a late challenge on Matty Dolan,

The Exiles were able to see the game out and secured a first league double over the Robins since 1956.

Flynn knows how difficult the rest of this season will be, saying: “It’s going to be tough, thick and fast. Trust me, I can’t wait for this season to be out of the way and with us hopefully on a record points tally since we returned to the Football League. That’s what I’m hoping for.

“I’m not getting carried away with this win because we haven’t been on a good run of form. It gives us an opportunity to improve on that next season.”

Newport County: Day, Pipe (capt, Reid 81), White, Bennett, Demetriou, Butler, Dolan, Willmott, Tozer, Collins (Nouble 64), Amond. Subs not used: Bittner, Foulston, Touray, Sheehan, Jahraldo

Swindon Town: Moore, Knoyle, Purkiss (Mullin 45), Menayese, Hussey, Twine (Linganzi 69), Banks, Dunne, Taylor, Woolery (McDermott 45), Richards (capt). Subs not used: Charles-Cook, Elsnik, Anderson, McGivern

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 3,911 (949 away)

Newport’s remaining fixtures:

April

Saturday 21: Barnet v Newport County (3pm)

Tuesday 24: Newport County v Accrington Stanley (7.45pm)

Saturday 28: Newport County v Cambridge United (3pm)

May

Tuesday 1: Chesterfield v Newport County (3pm)

Saturday 5: Carlisle United v Newport County (3pm).

League Two 2017-18

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P W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS
1 Accrington 41 15 3 3 39 19 11 3 6 29 22 +27 84
2 Luton 43 16 2 4 59 23 8 9 4 31 21 +46 83
3 Wycombe 42 11 5 5 42 31 11 6 4 34 24 +21 77
4 Notts Co 43 13 6 2 39 18 7 7 8 27 27 +21 73
5 Exeter 42 13 3 4 29 16 9 4 9 29 32 +10 73
6 Coventry 42 12 3 5 31 19 8 5 9 22 22 +12 68
7 Mansfield 43 10 8 3 40 24 7 8 7 22 24 +14 67
8 Lincoln 41 11 6 3 35 21 7 7 7 22 22 +14 67
9 Swindon 43 8 5 8 26 35 11 2 9 38 29 0 64
10 Carlisle 43 7 8 6 29 21 9 6 7 29 30 +7 62
11 Colchester 43 9 6 7 30 23 7 7 7 22 26 +3 61
12 Newport Co 41 7 10 4 28 22 7 5 8 23 30 -1 57
13 Crawley 43 8 4 10 29 28 8 5 8 25 33 -7 57
14 Cambridge U 42 11 5 5 29 20 4 7 10 17 35 -9 57
15 Stevenage 43 8 9 5 39 26 5 4 12 17 34 -4 52
16 Cheltenham 43 8 6 8 30 25 5 6 10 32 36 +1 51
17 Crewe 43 8 4 9 29 31 6 1 15 28 42 -16 47
18 Yeovil 41 8 4 9 27 23 4 6 10 28 42 -10 46
19 Port Vale 43 7 6 9 25 27 4 7 10 22 32 -12 46
20 Morecambe 42 6 8 7 22 26 3 9 9 19 28 -13 44
21 Forest Green 42 9 2 10 31 32 3 5 13 18 38 -21 43
22 Grimsby 43 5 9 8 18 25 5 3 13 18 40 -29 42
23 Barnet 43 6 6 9 19 25 3 4 15 21 40 -25 37
24 Chesterfield 41 7 3 11 25 31 2 5 13 18 41 -29 35

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