Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn is hoping to create special memories and progress in the Emirates FA Cup.
The Saddlers will be looking to reach the coveted third round for the first time since 2019 but fellow Sky Bet League Two side Carlisle United stand in their way in tomorrow’s second round tie at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.
Flynn is expecting a tough encounter against Paul Simpson’s side but is hoping the competition can continue to create fond memories for him.
“I love the FA Cup,” he said.
“It gives you some special memories, it brings back memories as a kid, I used to watch it.
“For me it’s one of the greatest competitions in the world of football. It’s going to be a very difficult game tomorrow against a good Carlisle team, Paul’s done a fantastic job but hopefully it will be us who is in the hat come five o’clock tomorrow.”
Tomorrow’s opponents Carlisle are a familiar one to the Saddlers having met just two weeks ago in Cumbria, drawing 0-0.
Flynn feels the two teams are evenly matched but insists the previous encounter won’t necessarily indicate how Saturday’s match will pan out.
“Every game’s different,” he commented.
“I know we always say that but it is. We both probably said the draw was right but we were both below par and I’m hoping it’s us who raise our game more tomorrow because if we do, it gives us a better chance of going through.
“I don’t think there’s much between the two teams, they’re looking good, they’ve had a good start but they’re beatable. We’re on a good run but that doesn’t mean we’re invincible either.
“We need to stick to our principles, keep doing the things that got us the good results and enjoy the occasion.”