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Michael Flynn frustrated after Orient defeat

4 April 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn provided an honest assessment after Saturday’s defeat to Leyton Orient.

Two first half goals were enough for the O’s to take all three points from the Banks’s Stadium on a disappointing afternoon for the Saddlers.

Flynn felt his side gave away three points with their performance but also took responsibility for the result.

“Not good enough,” he said.

“I think it would be easy to shift the blame - I’ll take the blame.

“The first half was nowhere near good enough. I will be open and honest with you; I should have stuck with my instinct with a four.

“We were better second half but let’s be straight, it wouldn’t have taken much to be better than the first half performance.

“Again, people not doing their jobs on set plays. We weren’t brave on the ball, decision making was poor, execution was poor, decision making in the final third was poor – I think we hit the target once early in the second half.

“I want to make this a fortress and you don’t make it a fortress when you give away three points like that.

“It’s crept in, let’s be honest it’s crept in the last few with the goals we’ve conceded, they’ve been very poor.

“The players need to have a look at their own game. There’s six to go and I want to get as many points as we can. I won’t be putting up with that week in, week out. There’s a few giving me food for thought but not in a good way.

“You’re disappointed to lose every game, talk is cheap, we know that.

"There was a couple I thought could keep there head up high.

“Maybe the quality wasn’t there but their work ethic and desire was there but we need more than that.”

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