Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn was lauded his side for their solidity after a battling display saw them leave Rodney Parade with a hard-fought victory over Newport County.
The Saddlers took the lead midway with through the second half when Taylor Allen’s corner was met by Peter Clarke and Timmy Abraham before it was bundled in. Abraham has claimed it although it has been accredited as a Mickey Demetriou own goal.
Flynn was pleased with the way his team dug deep to come away with a win and a clean sheet against a Newport side he was full of praise of for their efforts.
“I know more than anybody what a tough place to come Rodney Parade is,” he said.
“I thought Newport were very good and I don’t mind saying that I think the better team lost.
“They’re on a bad run of form at the minute, I think it’s six in a row they’ve lost (at home). If they keep playing the way they did then they’ll beat a lot of teams at Rodney Parade.
“I wanted to give the opposition credit because I thought they were good. Us, we dug in, we were solid in terms of our defensive shape, not very good with the ball and we didn’t create much at all so it’s very pleasing to get a clean sheet and the three points.
“As good as we were last weekend, we were nowhere near as good as that but we’ve managed to get the win and that is an important way to win games as well.
“It’s ugly. It’s a bit of a bittersweet moment that we’ve won. Obviously, I wanted us to win but I’ve never wanted Newport to lose before so it’s a strange one but you can’t have it every way and each way. We’ve got the points; I wish Newport luck and I’m buzzing to have another clean sheet.”
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