OPINION: Newport County deserve play-off success ahead of final clash against either Forest Green Rovers or Tranmere

After overcoming a busy fixture list, remaining in the FA Cup until the fifth round, Newport County AFC marched on in League Two and secured a play off spot on the final day of the League Two season.

Their gradual progression makes them the perfect candidates for promotion this season, especially after a hard fought play-off semi-final victory over Mansfield Town.

Forest Green Rovers face Tranmere Rovers tonight at the New Lawn, in the second leg of their play-off semi-final.

Tranmere lead the Green Devils 1-0 going into the fixture, where both teams are battling to face Newport County after their penalty win against Mansfield.

Wembley awaits for one of the two sides, who both only joined the Football League in the last two seasons.

Meanwhile, Newport have been battling teams in League Two since their promotion in 2013. After three remarkable campaigns under manager Mike Flynn, the Welsh side have certainly put in the work to gain a chance of promotion, and fully deserve to be crowned play-off winners at Wembley.

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When Flynn took charge of his first Newport game in March 2017, they were bottom of the Football League pyramid, and eight points from safety with 12 games to play.

Flynn won seven of the 12 and Newport stayed up, doing what some said was impossible.

Little did fans know that this was only the beginning of a great relationship between Mike Flynn and Newport County.

The last two seasons have been remarkable for the club on the banks of the river Usk. They’ve enjoyed success in the FA Cup, reaching the fourth round in 2017/18 and the fifth round this campaign, eventually losing to Manchester City.

Now, after battling hard in League Two, Newport reached Wembley with a hard-fought victory over big spenders Mansfield. Flynn’s side have the third lowest budget in League Two, and have once again out performed their budget.

This story outshines the money spent at Forest Green. The potential of back to back promotion’s for Tranmere would be a remarkable tale, but the leap from National League to League One may be too big a jump.

With the second leg of the play-off semi final tonight, it won’t be long before we know who faces Newport in the final, but the Exiles deserve to be playing League One football next season.

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