NEWPORT County boss Michael Flynn will be hoping for some better luck in the remainder of the January transfer window after seeing potential new signings slip through his fingers last week.

Despite bringing in striker Billy Waters from Northampton Town and Leyton Orient midfielder Dale Gorman on loan, Flynn has revealed he just missed out on another forward and a right-back.

Flynn, whose side ended a winless run of 10 League Two games at Scunthorpe United on Saturday, has been working “silly hours trying to get the right players in” since the window opened.

And Flynn hasn’t been very fortunate with those he has brought in either, with Waters ruled out of contention for the 2-1 victory at Glanford Park after suffering a dead leg the day before the match.

“We’ve got the squad coming back now,” he said. “Robbie (Willmott) and Billy will be back training on Monday – Billy had a dead leg in training on Friday – and I want to get a couple more in as well.

“I was trying my hardest to get a right-back in (before Saturday’s game), but I couldn’t do it. It wasn’t possible.

“At one point, I thought we had him and then we didn’t. It could still happen.

“I still need a right-back. (Ryan) Haynes did well there (on Saturday), but I don’t want him there. “Robbie is close and (Dan) Leadbitter is three weeks away, but I still want a right-back.

“It’s unfortunate that Macca (Danny McNamara) had to go back. I didn’t want him to go and Millwall didn’t want to call him back, but he had to go because of his injury.”

He added: “I’ve been working, honestly, silly hours trying to get the right players in.

“I had a striker who then couldn’t come because he got injured, and we’ve been very close with a couple, but we just haven’t got them over the line.”

Commenting on the new faces who arrived at Rodney Parade last week, Flynn added: “Billy got a dead leg in training when he was looking really sharp.

“Dale will add a lot of discipline on the pitch and a lot of honesty to the squad as well, which can take you a long way.”

Saturday’s win at Scunthorpe – their first in the league since October 19 – saw the Exiles climb to 11th place in the League Two table.

Having gone nearly three months without a league victory, County will now be looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games when they host leaders Swindon Town on Saturday.

The Glanford Park success saw Flynn’s men complete a league double over the Iron, and they can repeat the feat against the Robins this weekend.

Goals from Mark O’Brien and Jamille Matt gave County a 2-0 win at the County Ground late last September, since when Swindon have soared to the top of the division.

Richie Wellens’ troops maintained their three-point cushion over second-placed Exeter City last Saturday thanks to a 3-1 defeat of Crewe Alexandra.

The fixture was the first for the Robins since Bradford City recalled striker Eoin Doyle – the EFL’s top scorer – from his loan spell in Wiltshire.