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Michael Flynn and Manny Monthe discuss Stockport clash

29 December 2022

Club News

Michael Flynn and Manny Monthe discuss Stockport clash

29 December 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn admits that tonight’s opponents Stockport County will be a tough nut to crack.

The two clubs are the two most in-form teams in Sky Bet League Two and with a big crowd expected at the Poundland Bescot Stadium, an exciting night of football looks to be on the cards.

The Saddlers last played Stockport at the start of October as Andy Williams scored a late equaliser to earn a draw.

Both teams have since been on a great run of form since that game and Flynn is expecting another difficult task against Dave Challinor’s side and feels that the previous meeting proved to be a turning point for both teams.

“We were awful for 80 minutes (on that day),” Flynn said.

“I went away a little bit deflated from that game. I can handle when we’re playing well and the results aren’t quite there but we didn’t play well that day and you start thinking come on, don’t let them lose too much confidence but that late goal has been the kickstart of this run.

“They’ve got quality all through them. They’re having a fantastic season, Dave’s done a very good job there.

“They had a slow start but once they get into the rhythm, they’re a tough nut to crack. 

“We’ve got two very tough games coming up. Stockport are on fire, Mansfield are always strong so we need to dust ourselves down, rest up and go again.”

The Saddlers have won four in a row and are nine unbeaten following Boxing Day’s 2-1 victory over Swindon Town.

Manny Monthé scored the winning goal, his first for the club and he was pleased to get off the mark.

“It was just a matter of time. It’s always been nearly moments for me but I’m happy to get a goal,” Monthé said.

“I didn’t expect it myself, it dropped at the right time, especially a last-minute winner but we’re buzzing as a collective.

“Getting the three points (at Swindon) it’s not an easy place to come and win, they won their last game against a good team so we’re all happy.”

The defender is now focused on two important home matches against Stockport and Mansfield Town.

“We’ve got two games against good teams in the top half of the table but we’re not getting ourselves carried away, we’ll take each game as it comes,” he commented.

“They’re a good team and they work hard but they’re coming to our home, we haven’t lost at home for a long time so we’ll be up for it.”

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