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Flynn expecting difficult first home game against Hartlepool

25 February 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn is eyeing improvement from his team as they prepare to face Hartlepool United in his first match at the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Saddlers will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s heavy defeat to Swindon Town.

Flynn believes his side will need to be at their best against a Hartlepool side who are unbeaten in eight league games.

“Hartlepool are on a good run of form and they’re a good team,” he said.

“For anybody expecting us just to roll over Hartlepool, they’re going to be mistaken.

“It’s going to be a hard-worked, hard-fought victory if we do get it and we’ve got to be at our best because we’ve got a lot to improve on from the second half on Tuesday night against a team that are full of confidence.

“They’re in good form. The new manager, Graeme has come in and changed the formation slightly and he’s got them going so it’s going to be a difficult afternoon but I’m sure that if we do what we’re asking them to do and play to the best of our abilities, we’re more than capable of getting the three points.”

Walsall welcomed back captain Joss Labadie in midweek after he served a suspension while Devante Rodney has also made two appearances from the bench after recovering from injury.

Defenders Reece Devine and Zak Mills have not been involved in recent matches and Flynn provided an update on their situations.

“They’re both out for a few weeks,” he confirmed.

“Zak is three to four and Reece is around four to five weeks out so disappointing because you want everybody fit and raring to go for us to end the season on a high.

“It’s part and parcel of the game and we hope they’re back sooner.”

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