NEWPORT County boss Michael Flynn says he has a 'lot of respect' for Colchester United after leading his side to a 2-1 victory over the U's.

Padraig Amond stoppage-time winner condemned the U's to a 2-1 defeat against the Exiles, at Rodney Parade.

The U’s thought they had rescued a late point after substitute Jevani Brown stabbed home an 89th minute equaliser, to cancel out Scott Twine’s spectacular strike early in the second half.

But Amond nodded home in the first minute of stoppage time to earn Newport victory and leave the U’s beaten.

But after going behind, the U’s stayed in the game and the introduction of Brown, Kwame Poku and Joshua Bohui off the bench gave them an extra attacking edge, in the final half hour.

Flynn told the Newport website: “I thought we should have scored more goals.

“In the last 20 minutes they looked threatening - they are a very good team and probably one of the worst teams to go up against.

“On their day, they can really hurt you. I have got a lot of respect for them as a football team and it’s always a tough game, but I thought we should have been out of sight before the late climax.”

Newport sit top of the table after clinching a fourth successive victory.

The Exiles are enjoying their best-ever to start to an EFL season and have picked up 22 points from a possible 27.

“The way it went, with the chances we missed - you start thinking maybe it wasn’t to be," added the Exiles boss.

“But that is a sign of a good team. We’ve got the togetherness - somebody makes a mistake, and their teammates are there to help them out and dig them out of the hole.

"It’s a very good start, but it’s not something I’m getting carried away about.

“The games are coming in thick and fast and we have got to keep improving.

"We have got to be lucky with injuries and suspensions.

“We have got a couple of players coming back ready for the weekend.

"Jamie Devitt and Aaron Lewis will be available so that has boosted the numbers again.

“David Longe-King is not too far away, so it is looking better than it was.”