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FOOTBALL-ENGLAND-Newport manager hopes Matt will go on goal-scoring run.

Newport County manager Michael Flynn said he was 'over the moon' for his Jamaican striker Jamille Matt, who grabbed the only goal in his side's 1-0 win over Port Vale in an English League Two match at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Flynn said he hoped Matt's late winner - his first of the season - would be the first of many.

The 29-year-old Matt scored 20 goals last season as Newport, currently lying second behind Exeter City in the table, made it to the play-off final, which they lost to Tranmere Rovers.

Fellow second-half substitute Corey Whitely crossed from the right for Matt to tap in from close range 13 minutes from the end to delight Newport-born Flynn.

'We were at home and we were the only team looking to win it, so I went for it,' said Flynn.

'I'm over the moon for Jamille because he's been frustrated and snatching at things as he's tried to get off the mark and get that first goal, but he's done it now.

'The burden has been shaken off and I hope he can go on a bit of a run now.'

Padraig Amond missed a Newport penalty on 82 minutes and the home side were forced to hang on, with Port Vale skipper Leon Legge heading against the bar in injury time.

The win helped Flynn's men keep a sixth successive clean sheet in League Two.

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Date:Sep 10, 2019
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