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Flynn frustrated after Harrogate draw

21 March 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn was frustrated with the manner in which his team conceded the equalising goal against Harrogate Town on Saturday.

The Saddlers led through Conor Wilkinson’s penalty but had to settle for a point after substitute Calum Kavanagh equalised in the 94th minute.

Flynn insists his team can perform better but took some encouragement from seeing his side stretch their unbeaten run.

“You look two ways, it’s a point away from home and six unbeaten now,” he said.

“If we can’t see a game out when we’ve got a free-kick on the halfway line with two minutes to play of injury time.

"We hit it short, run into each other, nobody talks then we dive in, allow them to put a cross in and the smallest striker gets ahead because he’s hungry and scored the goal so not good enough from our point of view.

“We could have, should have won the game but we did our best to lose it.

“We tried to lose the game in the first half because we were nowhere near, we were not good enough. Second half, we were better but it’s not the best performance.

“It’s a tough place to come, the wind has played a big part again, we’ve said that a few games now.

“It’s just the way we conceded that goal which is the frustrating thing and the timing of it but a point away from home, six unbeaten, yes, there are positives but we can definitely perform better than we did.”

The Saddlers were backed by 574 supporters at the EnviroVent Stadium and another strong away following is expected to travel to Salford this weekend with over 550 tickets sold for Saturday’s trip.

Flynn praised their support and was disappointed not to send them home with three points.

“They were loud all game,” he commented.

“They were brilliant and we wanted to take another 400 but couldn’t get the tickets. It’s a fantastic following from our fans but gutted we couldn’t give them the win.”


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