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Flynn pleased with clinical Saddlers

10 October 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn was pleased to see his side be more clinical in Saturday's 3-1 home win against AFC Wimbledon.

Second-half goals from Danny Johnson and Tom Knowles secured all three points for the Saddlers after Dons defender Ryley Towler had cancelled out Isaac Hutchinson's fifth-minute strike.

Flynn believes the victory rounded off a big week for the Saddlers as they made it seven points from three games and was pleased his side managed to score three goals. 

“I think it’s the first time in 13 games we’ve scored more than one goal,” Flynn said.

“When we start punishing teams, we’re going to be tough to beat. We could’ve scored one or two more.

“They’re a good team Wimbledon and have some very experienced players. This week, the two wins were against two very good teams.”

The half-time whistle came at a good time for Walsall, with Flynn wanting more from his players after the restart.

“I thought the first half wasn’t good enough from us if I’m honest,” Flynn admitted.

“We took the lead but everything Wimbledon had was from our mistakes – poor clearances and not getting enough on it.

“But we carried on and had a chat at half-time. I told them just back yourselves and trust your technique and we’ll win.”

Walsall had not won by more than a one-goal margin in the league since beating Hartlepool United 4-0 on opening day.

Flynn highlighted his players being more ruthless against Wimbledon despite having fewer opportunities than usual.

“I don’t care if it’s a one-goal margin if we win,” Flynn said.

“But we had less chances and took more (on Saturday). We just need to be cuter in front of goal and we’ll be alright.”

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