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Michael Flynn previews Salford trip

25 March 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn has enjoyed having a free week with the players to prepare for Saturday’s trip to Salford City.

The Saddlers will be looking to build on last weekend’s draw at Harrogate Town and extend their unbeaten run to seven.

Flynn feels his side needs to add a clinical edge to improve on last Saturday’s display and he’s looking forward to tomorrow’s match after a positive week on the training pitch.

"It’s been really productive,” he said.

"I get to see more of the players day in, day out, get to know a few more of their habits and also how they react to the things we’re asking them to do so it’s been a really positive week.

"I wasn’t happy just because of the standards that the players have set lately.

"If we were 70% of how we were against Oldham or Hartlepool, we’d have got the three points so that’s the disappointing thing.

"On reflection looking back, we should have won the game. We just need to be that little bit more clinical but the reaction has been first class. The boys were disappointed with themselves as well so that’s a positive sign.”

Salford are 11th in Sky Bet League Two and still have hopes of qualifying for a place in the play-offs.

Flynn insists his team will have to bring their A game to get a result having been impressed with Gary Bowyer’s team.  

“They’re a really strong team,” Flynn commented.

“I think Gary Bowyer’s done a really good job there with the pressures there are at Salford. They’ve got a good squad and it’s going to be a really tough test; they’re going for the play-offs but on our day, we’ll give anybody in the league a game.

“We respect every opposition whether they’re at the top of the table or the bottom of the table. That’s just being respectful but we don’t fear anybody. We’ve got to go out and produce the goods first and foremost and look after ourselves.”

Saddlers goalkeeper Carl Rushworth will miss Saturday’s match as he’s away on international duty with England Under 21s.

Jack Rose is poised to deputise and Flynn is keen to see the 27-year-old in action for the first time since he took charge.

“It’s going to be a chance for Jack to show what he can do in a game situation,” Flynn said.

“Carl going off to England and playing for the Under 21s will be a fantastic achievement for him and we’re very proud of him.”

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