MATTY Dolan has been watching his play-off wonder strike on loop but soon Newport County AFC's goal hero will wipe it from memory.

The Exiles head to Forest Green Rovers on Sunday (kick-off 6.30pm) protecting a 2-0 lead in the League Two play-offs.

Michael Flynn's side are in command of the tie thanks to a win at Rodney Parade that was started by Dolan's incredible long-distance strike.

The 28-year-old, who was brought into the side because of captain Joss Labadie's knee injury, adjusted his feet quickly before slamming Josh Sheehan's lay-off into the top-right corner.

The goal sparked wild scenes in the stands and went viral, with the man himself one of the many to admire the clip.

"I've watched a lot to be fair, I'm not going to lie and say I haven't! I enjoyed it," said Dolan, County's top scorer in League Two thanks to five penalties and a stunning free-kick against Bradford.

"It was a different role for me on Tuesday after playing centre-half for most of the season and I found myself a little bit higher up the pitch.

"I back myself technically and as soon as you hit a ball like that you don't expect it to come back.

"I've enjoyed watching it back and I'll probably watch it again a couple more times, but then it's all about Sunday."

CELEBRATION: Newport Countys Matty Dolan after his thumping drive against Forest Green

CELEBRATION: Newport County's Matty Dolan after his thumping drive against Forest Green

County are hoping to profit from collective amnesia – they will head to the New Lawn chasing another win rather than trying to defend what they have got.

Mindful that a goal would give the Rovers hope, Dolan wants to get on the front foot and strike first.

"That performance was good, we wanted a nice little buffer and that's what we've got but the job is only half-done and all eyes are on Sunday," he said.

"We have forgotten about Tuesday and we are looking to finish it off. We have experienced players, those who have won promotion and those who have played in the play-offs lots of times, so there will be no complacency around our squad.

"You have to take it as another one-off game and forget about anything else. We've got to go and win that match, rather than looking to hold on. That's the only way to look at it.

"We won't be heading out onto that pitch thinking about a two-goal lead, if you can put yourself on the front foot then there is a better chance of getting through."

Nonetheless, County can take confidence from their recent defensive record – they haven't conceded two goals since the start of April.

In that run of 10 games they have kept seven clean sheets, with defender Dolan keen to share the acclaim.

CRACKER: Matty Dolan fired County in front against Forest Green with a incredible strike

CRACKER: Matty Dolan fired County in front against Forest Green with a incredible strike

"We've built a very good defensive record all season and the press from the top end of the pitch has been effective," he said.

"Everyone has had a really high intensity and it's worked well for us. The effort levels and the way that the lads have pressed the ball has been second to none."

Dolan is the leading contender for County's player of the season award after a terrific first campaign as a centre-back.

Manager Michael Flynn moved him back from midfield to build from the back but he was forced to watch on in the run-in.

A concussion at the end of the vital draw against Carlisle led to an enforced break and then the management opted to stick with a winning team.

Labadie's injury offered Dolan a way back in and he emptied the tank before being replaced after 75 minutes.

"I've played a lot of football this season but took a blow to the head and it knocked me for six," said Dolan.

"I hadn't started a match for a while and the intensity of it, with the magnitude of the game and all the adrenalin, meant it was a fatigue thing when I went off.

"I will run myself into the ground for this club – and there was more of it in centre mid than I have been used to this year! – and I will leave it all out there again on Sunday."