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Newport County boss tells fans NOT to attend tonight’s Carabao Cup tie

Newport County boss Michael Flynn has this week told his side’s supporters NOT to attend tonight’s Carabao Cup tie at Gillingham.

The Exiles side love a cup run and have made the second round of the tournament for the last two seasons, however the competition does not offer the same financial rewards as the FA Cup.

He is expected to rest some members of his squad, ready for when they face League Two table toppers Plymouth Argyle, and would rather fans save up they money and attended that fixture instead which they have sold their allocation of 1,037 tickets.

Flynn said, as quoted by South Wales Argus: “I will mix up the team and I might go and watch Plymouth against Leyton Orient.

“I don’t know yet. I’ll have to think about that.”

After being asked about if he was taking the competition seriously, he said: “No. I’m not taking it seriously. We’re going down on the day.

“There’s no competition money in there and I’ve got to concentrate on what’s important.

“I’ll always try to win, but it’s not something that I’m going to get het up over.”

What would he say to the fans who are planning to make the journey?

“I’d say stay at home. Save your money for the Plymouth game.

“I know how expensive it is to travel to away games and the league is our bread and butter.

“It would be fantastic if we can get close to sell-out on Saturday because there are going to be a lot of Plymouth fans there and we want to make sure we have plenty of support as well.”

Though Newport midfielder Robbie Willmott sounds certainly up for this cup match, he claimed: “I can’t wait. I love playing against sides that are a league higher than us.

“There’s no pressure on us again, it’s on them. But we know what we’re going up against.

“It’s a Steve Evans side and he’s signed some really good players this window.

“You know what you’re going to get from his teams and from him on the touchline.

“I want to play every game. I feel really fit this year. I’ve worked so hard this summer and I’m probably fitter than I’ve ever been so I want to play as many games as possible.”


After reading up on the article, fans took to give their thoughts on whether what he said was a good idea or not, or how the chairman would be feeling – see what was tweeted on the next page.


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