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Tomlin reflects on Saddlers debut

1 March 2022

Walsall playmaker Lee Tomlin enjoyed his debut against Hartlepool United on Saturday.

The 33-year-old stepped off the bench and impressed in the final 15 minutes.

He almost marked his first outing with a goal but his effort was deflected wide.

Tomlin is keen to continue helping the team pick up points and while he was grateful for the warm welcome he received from Saddlers fans and the buzz of matchday, he insists the most important thing was ensuring the team saw the game out on Saturday and claimed the victory.

“I think it was more, let’s make sure we win the game. I’m not bothered about me – it’s about getting three points,” Tomlin said.  

“When the gaffer said get warmed up, I did get excited, shivers down my back. The fans were unbelievable, the reception I got was class.

"Hopefully there was a few things they enjoyed but for me, it was the three points.

“It was good when we went 3-1 because the gaffer said ‘go and enjoy it,’ and I feel like I did that.

"It was the right times to do things, if you come on at 2-1, you’ve got to see the game out or try and get another goal.

“I loved it and I can’t thank the gaffer enough.”

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Tomlin will be hoping to be involved this evening as the Saddlers travel to Northampton Town in Sky Bet League Two.

Head Coach Michael Flynn is expecting a response from the Cobblers after they suffered defeat to Rochdale on Saturday but he has called on his team to continue believing.

“It’s nine points from 12 so it’s not a fluke, we’re starting to put some form together,” Flynn said.

“We’ve just got to keep believing and going into every game trying to get the three points.

“They’re a good, solid team Northampton. They’ll be looking to bounce back as well so it’s going to be a tough game.

“We’ve just got to make sure we’re on it.”


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