Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Flynn: "We need to be switched on"

16 September 2022

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn has called on his players to be on their game for 90 minutes when they take on league leaders Leyton Orient tomorrow.

The Saddlers will be looking to build on Tuesday’s draw against Colchester United and get back to winning ways.

Richie Wellens’ side are top and unbeaten in the league this season.

Flynn knows his team will need to bring their A-game but he’s excited for the challenge.

“We’re looking forward to the game on Saturday,” he said.

“Not many people will give us a chance against high-flying Leyton Orient but we’ll go there and hopefully put on a performance that gets us the points that we want.

“For that you need all your players to be doing their job for the duration of the game, not just 85/90 per cent of it, we need to be switched on, stop giving soft goals away and take some chances.

“They haven’t conceded many this season and they’re deservedly top of the league. It’s going to be a tough game.”

It’s another quick turnaround following Tuesday’s draw against Colchester. In his pre-match press conference, Flynn stated that Liam Bennett will be monitored after picking up an injury to his eye in midweek.

Joss Labadie and Conor Wilkinson remain long term absentees but the Saddlers Head Coach provided a further update on how Liam Gordon, Oisin McEntee and Joe Riley are progressing.

“Liam’s coming on fine,” he commented.

“He’s not ready for tomorrow, it’s too early, he’s only had a week of training.

“Oisin is running out on the grass, he’s looking strong. We’re just waiting for the sign off from the specialist for him to resume contact training and then it will be a few weeks to get him up to speed in terms of match fitness. It’s a horrendous injury list and it’s hampering us at the minute.

“Joe’s just seen the best foot specialist in the country and hopefully on Tuesday we’ll have more news on how to progress his rehab.

“It’s a difficult one because Joe is really down at the minute because he wants to know exactly what it is so he can get his head around it but on the positive side, there’s been nothing sinister found, nothing that is standing out to be a serious injury so hopefully we can get to the bottom of it and get him back playing because he will be a good addition for the team and the squad.”

Watch more: 



Advertisement block

iFollow Next Match