by Ethan Harris
NEWPORT manager Mike Flynn has set his players a challenge to get themselves into a League Two play-off place by the time of their FA Cup fourth round clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
He hopes that will start with County taking three points against 15th placed Grimsby Town this weekend.
Flynn is conscious his players will need to maintain their strong performances to keep their place ahead of the looming FA Cup clash with Spurs on January 27.
“We’ve just got to keep it going now, keep plodding away and by the time we play Tottenham in the FA Cup, let’s set ourselves a challenge and see if we can be in the play-off spots by then,” he told the South Wales Argus.
Newport currently sit in 11th place in League Two, finding themselves only four points off the play-off spots.
The club stand to make £144,000 in TV revenue alone from the home tie with Spurs, which is a different story from when they made their miraculous escape from relegation last year.
“It could have been all so different. The club probably would have gone bust (if relegated),” Flynn said when talking to BBC Sport after the FA Cup 4th round draw.
“That’s how close it was but now we are playing a big side like Tottenham in Newport and it’s exciting times.”
Flynn will be hoping for as much momentum as possible, and ahead of the huge game at Rodney Parade will accept no dip in form from any of his players.
“I don’t need to ban talk of Tottenham. After Tuesday, they have been focused. Spirits are high, as they have been all season.”
With his side hoping to cause a huge cup upset, Flynn will need all the focus his side can muster over the next few weeks, in what is one of the biggest games in the Exiles history.
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