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Head Coach Michael Flynn discusses trip to Harrogate Town

18 April 2023

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn has challenged his team to finish in the top half of the table ahead of tonight’s trip to Harrogate Town.

The Saddlers have four games remaining of the Sky Bet League Two season and will be looking to respond to Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Crewe Alexandra.

Flynn feels a top 12 finish has to be the ultimate aim for the team over the next four games and is looking for a strong performance against the Sulphurites this evening.

“There are four games to go and I have to pick a team that I think can win the game at Harrogate,” Flynn said.  

“We’re playing teams that have got things riding on it. I’ve told the boys, they should be looking to finish in the top half of the table, that’s got to be an aim.

“Leyton Orient’s goal is to be champions, Hartlepool, Crawley and Harrogate’s is to stay in the EFL – ours has got to be to finish in the top half because if that happened, it would be the best finish Walsall have had in League Two for a while so it wouldn’t all be doom and gloom.

“As frustrating as it is, there is things that could happen and make it a better season than in previous years, especially with the FA Cup run.”

The Saddlers were backed by a fantastic away following of 1,010 at Crewe on Saturday and will be well supported again at Harrogate this evening.

Flynn admitted the supporters deserve better performances and praised them for their efforts.

“They were amazing,” he said.

“We know it needs to improve, it will improve and I’ll make sure it improves because those supporters deserve better.

“This club does deserve better than the performance we put out (on Saturday).”

The Saddlers will be without Hayden White, who is serving the second game of his three match ban, and Joss Labadie who is also suspended after his red card against Crewe. 

Tickets have now gone off sale at the Poundland Bescot Stadium but supporters can pay at Harrogate. 

Alternatively, the game is live on iFollow in the UK.

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