Newport County AFC slumped to their sixth away defeat in a row last night with a 2-0 defeat at a resurgent Carlisle United.
The Exiles never recovered from going behind in the fifth minute to an Omari Patrick goal before Joshua Kayode secured the points with a thirty-third-minute penalty.
Newport’s misery was complete when referee Graham Salisbury showed Ryan Innis a straight red card just before the break following a rash challenge on Kayode.
The win moved the Cumbrians up to eighteenth place in League Two as head coach Chris Beech continues to slowly but surely improve their fortunes.
For Newport fans, it was another poor performance in a season that’s proving to be a massive disappointment after reaching the playoff final at Wembley last season.
Earlier in the season, Exiles boss Michael Flynn was linked with a move to League One Lincoln City, but his stock now appears to be falling after a poor campaign.
Once again, fans didn’t hold back when they took to social media with many feeling only the desperate plight of Stevenage in the relegation place is saving the Exiles from a fight for survival.
Newport make the trip to Stevenage on Saturday, and plenty of fans feel Flynn should go if they fail to get a result. However, he remains popular amongst some supporters who feel he deserves time to rebuild a new team over the summer after his past achievements at Rodney Parade.
Here is a selection of responses to the result on Twitter.
Been found out, be thankful for Stevenage. Time for a change, start watching the rugby instead
— Coops1912 (@coops1912) March 11, 2020
Poor season be better next year safe journey home lads love you @NewportCounty win or lose
— Alan Chard (@ChardAlan) March 10, 2020
— N3V3RM1ND*? (@Meance2society1) March 10, 2020
Love county , but if there’s no points picked up by the end of the month things have to change
— Ewan Hughes (@EwanHughes8) March 10, 2020
If we lose Vs Stevenage he has to go.
— Dan (@dan_taylor01) March 10, 2020
Our expectations of this mediocre team have been too high. We lost key players at the end of last season and some of those we have brought in are clearly not up to the job of being consistently good. Others, like Labadie are shadows of their former selves. Major rehaul needed.
— Rich Cocksedge (@RichCounty27) March 11, 2020
3 away wins all season is dire
— Sean Mills (@SeanMills6) March 11, 2020
@NewportCounty what is the matter with people. Yes we are on a terrible run but Flynn has performed miracles in last couple of seasons. Kept us up from impossible position; taken us to play offs; games v Leeds, Leicester , Spurs & Man City. Cut the guy some slack and get real.
— jonathan beese (@beesey67) March 11, 2020
Great effort on a Tues night @greekjaney1. Your not demanding your money back like some of the keyboard warriors are suggesting . As long as the effort is there you support them win or lose. ?
— Steve Goodall (@stevergoodall) March 11, 2020