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Saddlers won't be getting carried away, insists Flynn

7 October 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn insists his side cannot take their foot off the gas following the midweek victory against Northampton Town, as he looks forward to facing AFC Wimbledon at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

The Saddlers ended a trying period, as they secured four points in two games, with a 1-1 draw at Stockport County and the 1-0 win on Tuesday against the Cobblers. 

With results looking on the up, Flynn asserted the importance of taking this momentum forward and not repeating past mistakes. 

"The boys had a good win, deserved the win and haven't got carried away," Flynn said.

"There's another tough one tomorrow, and we're ready to go.

"They won't be taking their foot off the gas; they haven't all along. They've just conceded goals at the wrong times and not punished teams. 

"Even on Tuesday night, we should have scored two, maybe three and killed the game off. We didn't and started to get nervous towards the end - but they dug deep and defended unbelievably, and we got the three points." 

With things looking up for the Saddlers, this weekend's fixture against the Dons is an excellent opportunity to carry the momentum forward. Still, Flynn insists it will be as tough a challenge as any at the Poundland Bescot Stadium. 

"It'll take everything and more than what we did on Tuesday. They're an experienced team with a bit of youth", he said. 

"Johnnie [Jackson] has come in and tried to stamp his philosophy on them, so it's going to be a tough game; they've got good players. They've come down from League One, so we have to be at it." 

Wimbledon find themselves in a similar position to the Saddlers, having also won and drawn their previous games. Therefore, the boss believes victory lies in the squad's belief and ability to rise to a tough challenge. 

"I’m not saying it’s better, but it’s a more even league [than last season]. So whoever gets the most players winning individual battles and coming out on top will predominantly win the games," Flynn added. 

“We've got to make sure we're at it, and I'll be doing everything I can to ensure the boys are ready and on the front foot." 

With victory won within these fine margins, the boss recognises the importance of the fans, with nearly 5,000 supporting on Tuesday night. 

“It’s brilliant, as great a support as it has been all season,” Flynn commented. 

“But on Tuesday night after not the greatest of runs, you probably start thinking the crowd might start to dwindle, but they have been superb and behind us, they know we aren’t far away.”  

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