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Flynn: "We played into their hands"

17 August 2022

Saddlers Head Coach Michael Flynn believes his side played into the hands of Barrow during Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at the SO Legal Stadium.

Two goals in four first half minutes from Tyrell Warren and Sam McLelland put the home side in the driving seat and despite being handed a lifeline by in-form striker Danny Johnson, Flynn’s side couldn’t quite find the equalising goal.

“We probably lost the game in the first 12 minutes,” began Flynn.

“We were all over the place, we played into their hands, we overhit everything, we got done on two set plays and we played into what they wanted to do. I thought Barrow were very good first half but we didn’t help ourselves.

“Set pieces are something we spoke to them about, we drilled them on these scenarios about their roles and responsibilities and one little change in terms of somebody’s man not going with them is the one that has ultimately cost us.

“It wasn’t ideal and when you start like that up here it’s a long way back to recover.

“I was a lot more pleased with the second half because the team showed some character, they kept going and stuck together however we were still sloppy in the good positions we found ourselves in.

“We’re a working progress and yes we’ve lost the game but I’m not going to overreact, we’ve got to improve and I know we will.”

The Head Coach was grateful to the 268 supporters who made the 330-mile round trip to Barrow last evening and was disappointed that his side couldn’t send them home with anything to cheer about.

“I thank the supporters for attending, it’s a long trip up and the support has been great so far; it’s just a shame we couldn’t give them something to cheer about.

“I would also like to send my thoughts and prayers to Kieran’s family at this difficult time.”

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