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Michael Flynn previews Gillingham trip

19 August 2022

Club News

Michael Flynn previews Gillingham trip

19 August 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn says the players are itching to make a swift return to action on Saturday as they look to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat to Barrow.

The Saddlers are back on the road again with a trip to Gillingham tomorrow for a first meeting between the two clubs in three years.

The Gills have collected just three points from their opening four league matches but Flynn is wary of their many threats.

“They’ve got pace, they’ve got presence and they played well against Harrogate,” Flynn said.

“It’s a tough place to go, I played there for three years so it’s not the easiest of places to go.

“We’ve got to go there, everyone’s got to go there this season, it just happens that it’s two long trips in a short space of time when our squad is depleted but it is what it is. We dust ourselves down and we try and get the three points.

“After a defeat, the boys are desperate to get back on and right the wrongs but it’s going to be a tough game.

“They’re very good going forward, Neil Harris has brought in 15 new faces so it’s going to be a difficult game but one we’re looking forward to.”

The Saddlers still have five players out injured in Conor Wilkinson, Joss Labadie, Liam Gordon, Oisin McEntee and Joe Riley.

Wilkinson and Labadie are long term absentees but Flynn was able to provide an update on the condition of Gordon, McEntee and Riley.

“I’ll know more by the beginning of next week,” he confirmed.

“Oisin is going to be longer because of the nature of the injury but Liam and Joe, I’m hoping it’s positive news next week but we won’t know until we get them on the grass.”

Watch more from Flynn who also delivered an important message on mental health.

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