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Michael Flynn hoping to inspire young generation of fans at Crawley match

18 November 2022

Club News

Michael Flynn hoping to inspire young generation of fans at Crawley match

18 November 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn hopes for an exciting, attacking game to get young fans hooked when two in-form outfits meet at the Poundland Bescot Stadium this Saturday.

The Saddlers will be looking to continue their impressive four-game winning run at home in League Two as they face Crawley Town.

Flynn hopes the game will be an exciting spectacle considering each team's form, and a good showing by the Saddlers is crucial for future fans this weekend in front of a big crowd which will include children from local schools as part of Walsall FC Foundation's school partners initiative. 

"I'm hoping it is (an entertaining game)," he said.

"Especially with the club's initiative with kids coming to the game, which could add an extra 1200-1300 on to the gate.

"So we want to engage with these fans and make them Walsall supporters, who we blood in for the long-term.

"I've said it before, these fans will be here long after the players and myself, and they will keep this club going, so let's try and get these kids interested and hooked on the Walsall bug."

Crawley have also been experiencing a positive vein of form, unbeaten in five league games since Interim boss Lewis Young took the reigns in October. Flynn was full of praise for his opposite number, who ran him close in October's Manager of The Month award.

"Lewis has done extremely well," Flynn observed.

"He's been there a while now; he was there under John Yems, so he's got a feel for the league and should be very proud, getting nominated for manager of the month as well, so fair play to him.

"Hopefully, we get the points tomorrow, but it's going to be a tough game, they are very, very good going forward, and they've tightened it up at the back."

Despite a favourable period for his side, Flynn is keen to stress a lack of complacency when going into these challenging games, with the crowd consistently hitting 6000 and the ball consistently hitting the back of the net. 

"We want to keep winning," He stressed.

"We want to take every game one at a time - I know it's cliche, but we can't get carried away. They are in good form. They aren't going to come here and lie down to give us the three points.

"We are going to have to earn it, and we'll make sure the boys' mentality is right going into the game and come five o'clock, we will have three points and be looking forward to the next game in the FA Cup."

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