NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn admits that the form of striker Tristan Abrahams has given him a selection dilemma for tomorrow’s trip to Swindon Town.

Abrahams dropped to the bench to accommodate the return from suspension of Jamille Matt for last weekend’s home clash with Exeter City.

But the 20-year-old replaced Padraig Amond at half-time and was instrumental in County claiming a point against the League Two leaders, equalising from the penalty spot and running the Grecians defence ragged.

Could top scorer Amond, who Flynn felt was ineffective against Exeter, or Matt, who should have scored a hat-trick last week according to the manager, make way for Abrahams? Or could all three start?

“Tristan was unlucky not to start last week and he came on and changed the game so I’ve got a selection problem up front,” said the Exiles boss.

“But that’s the kind of problem I like and that’s where the overall squad has improved from last season.”

Deadline day signing Dominic Poleon is not yet ready to start, but he too will put pressure on Amond and Matt once he’s up to speed.

“He’s not played many games recently so to start him would be a big ask, I feel,” explained Flynn.

“But once we get him up and raring to go then I think he’ll be a big asset for us because he’s a very good finisher.”

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There are decisions to be made in defence as well, where Danny McNamara (above) missed out last week and Scot Bennett excelled in a back three alongside Mark O’Brien and Kyle Howkins.

“Mark O’Brien has done a very good job on the left-hand side, Kyle’s come in and he’s getting better and better each week, and Scot played there last Saturday and I thought he was fantastic,” said Flynn.

“Danny was possibly a bit unlucky [last week]. He’s had a very good start and when he went away for international duty it didn’t help him.

“But he’s a great kid, he’s always looking to improve and he’s in contention.”

Flynn will look to nullify Swindon’s strengths, but he wants a win at the County Ground.

“We know they’re going to be quick on the break and we know they commit players forward, so I’ve got to pick a team that stops us getting counter-attacked and allows us to cause them problems at the other end,” he said.

“I’ll be picking a team on that basis and hopefully it’s the right team.

“We’re not just going to sit back and invite pressure. If you do that against Swindon, I think they’ll pick you apart.

“They’ve got pace, good movement and good finishers.

“We’ll be going there to win the game, not to sit back and hang on for a draw.

“I couldn’t justify saying that to the players – they’d think I’d lost the plot.”

Swindon start the weekend three points above County in fourth place in the table and Flynn expects them to be real contenders this year.

“I think they’re very good,” he said. “I think they’ll be up there at the end of the season.

“If they’re there or thereabouts in January, they’ll have the backing to push on and try to get themselves out of this league.

“Swindon shouldn’t be in this league, really. Barring a capitulation, I think they’ll definitely be in the play-offs – at least.”

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