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Flynn full of praise after Port Vale victory

25 April 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn was full of praise for his players after Saturday’s victory over Port Vale.

Second half goals from Sam Perry and Emmanuel Osadebe ensured the Saddlers picked up all three points after a solid display against the Valiants.

Flynn saw his side make it five wins from their last six at home since his arrival and he was delighted with the result.

"It was an excellent win,” he said.

“The atmosphere was great throughout and I thought it was a good game.

“First half quite even, they started to get on top in the last 10 minutes of the half with Tom Pett controlling more of the play and (David) Worrall was kind of getting the better of Reece Devine so at half time we wanted to rectify it.

"We put Hayden into the wing-back role and Rollin (Menayese) slotted in at the back and it worked a treat. Second half I thought we were superb.

“We’d love replicate the atmosphere for our final home game; I know Swindon are bringing a big crowd but like I said when I arrived at the club, I want to make this a tough place to come to and that’s five out of six wins now since I’ve been here and when you look at that, that’s promotion form if I’m honest.

“You can flip it around in that the away form hasn’t been great and it’s something we have to work on but that home form is positive.”

The Saddlers scored two lovely goals to earn the victory. Osadebe’s delicious cross was flicked in by Perry before the provider turned goal scorer in injury time as he collected Hayden White’s throw in, darted into the area and finished superbly.

Flynn was impressed with Osadebe’s performance and praised Perry’s work in the build up to his goal.

“It was a great run from Sam for the goal,” he commented.

“I was more impressed with the run. As a midfielder when you make those late runs and get across your man in the box, you’re hard to pick up.

“He’s done well to finish off the cross but the cross itself was superb and I thought (Saturday) was the best I’ve seen Emmanuel play.

“Paddy deserved his goal. He needs to shoot more and take chances because he’s a talented footballer.

“When he concentrates and does what I’m asking him to do, he’s a very good footballer and I said I thought he did well.

“George Miller was excellent; did not stop running against three solid defenders from Port Vale. He gave them a tough time, they didn’t know how to handle him, BK (Brendan Kiernan) again worked hard; they were all good to a man.”

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