O'Flynn hails the work of his Exeter team-mates in win at Northampton
Exeter City striker John O'Flynn felt he benefited from the hard work of his team-mates in notching the Grecians' dramatic injury time winner at Northampton Town last Saturday.
The Grecians had held firm in what was a bruising League Two encounter against a side renowned for their sheer brute force.
O'Flynn had watched the first 73 minutes from the substitutes' bench before he came on for Alan Gow. With the scores level at 1-1 and the game deep into stoppage time, the Irishman got on the end of David Wheeler's fine cross to head a dramatic winner for the Grecians.
"I will probably get a lot of the plaudits for getting the winner, but credit to the rest of the lads," O'Flynn said. "They dug in there and it was an unbelievable shift from the back four and the midfield as well.
"They probably feel like they played two games in one, with all the long balls, but they dealt with it well and it was great to come away with our first away win.
"It was always going to be a battle. I don't think we were ever going to be able to play our football, like we normally do, in the first half. We had to weather the storm and it was great to get the equaliser and come in at half-time at 1-1.
"After winning the fight, we started to play a bit of ball. It was great to get Dave on, an impact sub with pace, and, when he got the ball, I knew I just had to get in the box and it was a great ball in."
O'Flynn added: "We have been 'roomies' this weekend and I've been saying to him: 'If you get the ball, just stick it in the box'. It worked out perfectly for us. We're all delighted to get our first win away and hopefully we can kick on from there.
"We just know that if Dave gets the ball – Sam [Parkin] and I always say it – we just have to stay in the box. We have to use his abilities and one of those is his pace, so we have to get him on the ball, keep me and Sam in the box and hopefully we can get on the end of the crosses, which is what we did on Saturday."
It was the third game in succession in which Exeter fell behind, but the Grecians showed great character in which to come back and get a result. Three potential defeats instead became seven points and City's 14-point haul from their first seven games leaves them nicely placed in fourth.
"When we have gone one-down before in away games, we have maybe struggled to come back," admitted O'Flynn. "We haven't shown that tenacity to get the equaliser and then go on and get the win. But I think, from the moment we scored the equaliser on Saturday, we were always going to go on and win the game.
"We have done it a few times this seasons and it shows great team spirit and resolve. Everyone wants to win, we are all in it together, it's a team game.
"Parky worked his socks off and took a few bangs, he came off the pitch with scratches and was bleeding, I got the winner, but it's a team game. From one to 11 and all the lads on the bench, we all stuck in and got a performance."
Four points from back-to-back away games at Dagenham & Redbridge and Northampton is a good return and sets City up nicely for a home clash with Newport County on Saturday.
The Grecians have won all three of their league games at St James' Park so far this season and O'Flynn is keen to make sure that good form continues.
"The atmosphere at home is totally different now and we are gagging to play at home again," he said.
"We have a tough game next week against a team that won promotion last year and they will be full of confidence as well. So it's back on the training ground this week to work towards next weekend."