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Flynn: "The boys have given everything"

11 April 2023

Club News

Flynn: "The boys have given everything"

11 April 2023

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn felt his side more than matched high-flying Carlisle United even after going down to 10-men.

The Saddlers battled to a goalless draw against Paul Simpson’s side after playing the last 30 minutes with a man disadvantage after Hayden White’s dismissal.

Flynn was pleased with the energy levels from his team and felt it was an improved performance in tricky conditions.

“I thought with the windy conditions, it killed it a little bit for both teams but I thought we were the better team before the red card,” he said.

“We knew what they’d do, pin us back but it didn’t quite stay like that because we pinned them in for a while. A couple of opportunities wouldn’t come to us but the boys have given everything, that’s why they got clapped off and the support got them through.

“The second half against Sutton and the Wimbledon game were frustrating because we were below those energy levels, not commitment because they’re working hard but it was just the way they went about their game wasn’t up to the standards we know we should be doing so we wanted to put that right.

“I thought we played quite well at Rochdale funny enough and (on Monday) we played a team who were in the top three (before the game) and more than matched them.”

Flynn made two changes to the team that lost to Rochdale and he also shuffled the pack with a triple substitution, introducing Joe Riley, Joss Labadie and Andy Williams in place of Jamille Matt, Conor Wilkinson and Isaac Hutchinson, after the sending off.

The Saddlers Head Coach has had to manage the load on players who have come back from long term injuries which has come into his thoughts when picking the team and making substitutions.

“We’re at such a sticky point at the minute,” he explained.

“One of the fans next to us said we were going for a 0-0 but we weren’t going for a 0-0. Jamille was not right, Conor’s coming back from a long-term injury, you’ve got the likes of Liam Gordon – it’s frustrating.

“There are reasons why we are not at our best. Oisin McEntee, who I thought was excellent, is another one where he played a few games and hit a brick wall.

“Labadie is coming back into it and we’re asking him to do a lot of running and covering the ground. Riley is another one and Joe was out (on Monday) because he has played too many games in a short space of time and it does catch up with you so it has been difficult.”

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