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Flynn pleased with second half display after Saddlers progressed in FA Cup

28 November 2022

Club News

Flynn pleased with second half display after Saddlers progressed in FA Cup

28 November 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn was pleased with his team’s second half performance as they came from behind to beat Carlisle United on Saturday.

Substitutes Andy Williams and Douglas James-Taylor both scored late on to help the Saddlers turn the game on its head and progress into the coveted third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Flynn feared that despite the pressure his team put on Carlisle, they were going to be left frustrated but he felt they got the rewards they deserved.

“We didn’t deserve to lose,” Flynn said.

“Even though we were sloppy at times, we were by far the better team in the second half.

“We threw caution to the wind, we pinned them back, we just didn’t get on the end of much. It was a good second half performance from us, I thought the crowd in the last 15/20 minutes were brilliant.

“They could sense that something was coming, I just wish it was little bit earlier than how we left it.

“You started thinking was it one of those days, especially second half where I thought we absolutely dominated. We gave away a poor goal, a poor clearance, Jacob let his man run off the back of him and a good finish from their player to be honest. We know Carlisle are a good team, it’s a good win, a very good win and I’m pleased for the boys.”

There was good news pre-match as striker Conor Wilkinson was named on the bench in another positive step on his road to recovery.

He didn’t make it onto the pitch though and Flynn explained the reasons behind that decision.

“He was never getting on,” Flynn confirmed.

“He’s still not ready to play in a game but we could name nine subs. We couldn’t fill the bench because Liam Bennett and Ronan (Maher) were unavailable so we wanted to get Conor around the action as soon as possible.”

All eyes will now be on tonight’s third round draw, which will be shown live on BBC Two from 7pm and Flynn went on record with which team he would like to be pitted against.

“Liverpool,” he said when asked.

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