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Michael Flynn looks ahead to Carlisle trip

11 November 2022

Club News

Michael Flynn looks ahead to Carlisle trip

11 November 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn expects a tough test from Carlisle United when his side travel to Brunton Park on Saturday.

The Cumbrians have tasted defeat just once at home in the league this season, a tight 3-2 loss to Leyton Orient, despite playing over an hour of the game with ten men. 

Paul Simpson’s men are the second highest scorers in the division, and Flynn believes their impressive performances have to be credited to their manager. 

“He’s (Paul Simpson) done an unbelievable job,” he said. 

“I know it’s tough to go to Carlisle and work there, because of the location. So, this makes the job he’s done even better. 

“Their home form is excellent, but their away form is decent as well. It’s going to be a tough trip. 

“He’s definitely got them on the right direction, and I have a lot of respect for the job he’s doing.” 

The 42-year-old Welshman was awarded the Manager of the Month award after the Saddlers won four of their seven fixtures in October, rising to 12th in the table. 

However, Flynn played down the personal accolade, instead praising the club’s players and the staff for their efforts in the Saddlers positive upturn of form. 

“It’s a cliché but it’s a team effort,” he commented. 

“We came off a bad month in September points wise and stuck together, believed in the processes and that’s key. 

“We’re not playing much better, we’re just being more clinical and switched on in key moments of the game. 

“The staff, the players, the supporters for believing in us, it’s a real achievement that we’ve done it so quickly. The attitude from everyone has been first class. 

"It’s nice to win it and be top half, but it’s not something to be carried away with. We want to continue going in the right direction.” 

Flynn finished with a positive update on the injury situation of Conor Wilkinson and Jack Earing, with the latter being available for selection for this weekend’s game. 

“Jack will be available this weekend, Conor won’t be,” he stated. 

“They’re good players and it gives us a competition for places and a chance to strengthen again soon.

“Seeing them both on the training pitch has been a boost, things are looking brighter for us.” 

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