Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn was pleased with the organisation and work rate of his team during Good Friday’s victory over Carlisle United and is now hoping for a similar performance against Crawley Town on Monday afternoon.
Jack Earing scored the only goal of the game at the Banks’s Stadium as the Saddlers picked up three points that took them to 50 points and mathematically ensured safety from relegation.
Flynn was pleased to see Earing take his chance and was delighted with his team’s performance.
“I thought we were excellent first half,” he said.
“We played some outstanding stuff, with a little bit more quality in the final third.
“Second half, the organisation and the work rate was first class and that’s what’s been missing in the last couple of weeks.
“It was a little bit edgy at the end like you expect it to be with us having the chance to guarantee league status, we rolled it out and we stayed strong.
“I’ve been on to Jack, I want him to shoot more, back himself and have confidence in his ability and I’m glad he did.”
Attention now turns to Monday’s trip to Crawley Town (3pm kick-off) and Flynn is hoping the players can make a swift recovery and put in another good performance.
“It’s going to be tough because of the effort they’ve put in (on Friday) and how small the squad is,” Flynn commented.
“It’s going to take its toll on them and hopefully we can squeeze another performance out of them and give it a go at Crawley who had a fantastic result on Friday.”
One player who won’t be involved on Monday is Conor Wilkinson. The forward was forced off last week against Rochdale and Flynn confirmed the extent of his injury.
“Conor has done his ACL so it’s a long injury and will be a tough six to 12 months, I’m giving it that much because it depends how the operation goes and how quickly people recover but the players are all thinking about him and so are the staff,” he added.