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Flanagan pleased to return to the Saddlers' starting XI

2 January 2018

Midfielder Reece Flanagan was pleased to return to the Saddlers’ starting XI for our 1-0 New Year’s Day defeat to resurgent Plymouth.

The 23-year-old has featured ten times for Walsall in all competitions this season but had not started a league game since April 2016.

Flanagan was pleased with his contribution at Home Park and felt he should have been awarded a penalty after being bundled over inside the box in the second half.

“It had been a long time waiting for me but it was good to get in the team,” he said.

“I thought I put in a performance that will put myself in the gaffer’s eyes so hopefully I will keep my place in the team.

“I thought we played quite well and created a few chances away from home.

“They had a couple of shots from long range but I didn’t feel there was a great deal that really troubled our goal.

“It was disappointing to concede and we felt we should have had a penalty ourselves.

“I chested it down in the box and was about to shoot from 10-12 yards out. I had no reason to go down but I felt a push in the back so for me that was a blatant penalty.

“We’ve got to keep looking forward to the next game rather than looking into the past and hopefully we can pick up points.”

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