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Michael Flynn previews Mansfield trip

14 October 2022

Club News

Michael Flynn previews Mansfield trip

14 October 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn stresses the importance of his side staying grounded, as the Saddlers look forward to facing Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium.

After back-to-back home wins against Northampton Town and AFC Wimbledon, the Saddlers find themselves 14th, climbing five places up the table after a positive week.

Flynn's side have scored four goals in the past two games, however, the boss was quick to dispel any feelings of complacency that may emerge ahead of this weekend.

"We want them (the players) to not feel that they are owed something and are doing Walsall a favour (by playing)," Flynn asserted.

"Walsall are doing us a favour by allowing us to represent them, and hopefully we can keep improving and climbing up the table."

Walsall head to Mansfield looking to continue their positive vein of form, against a team sitting fifth in the table. Flynn foresees a significant challenge against quality opposition.

"It's always been a difficult place to go," Flynn said.

"They've got a big budget, a fantastic squad, and a very good manager in Nigel (Clough), who was very unlucky not to get promoted last season.

"They've got a loud crowd who are always right behind them, so hopefully we can start well, get an early goal and put pressure on them."

Mansfield are yet to be beaten at home in League Two this season, but with just under 700 Saddlers fans heading to Field Mill, Flynn hopes they can send fans home happy after a 100-mile round-trip.

"As I've said before, the fans have been brilliant," Flynn commented.

"Even with the frustrations at Stockport, they managed to come away half-smiling, because we managed to nick a draw from nowhere. Then they've seen over the last two home games when we've been very good.

"The irony is that we played better in the two games we lost than in games we've won. It is about points, we know that - but that's why I wasn't getting too down because I know the performances aren't far away."

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