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Flynn delighted to see Joe Riley return to action

20 February 2023

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn was delighted to see Joe Riley make his long awaited debut after a nightmare seven months out with injury.

Riley came off the bench midway through the second half for his first taste of action since a pre-season friendly against Aston Villa in July.

Flynn was pleased to see him get minutes under his belt and hopes he will show his qualities once he gets fully up to speed.

“We’ve missed him, he’s a very good player,” Flynn said.

“It’s going to take a bit of time for him to get up to speed but that’s in the bank now, first 25 minutes with the injury time so I’m pleased for him.”

The Saddlers were left frustrated at the weekend as they recorded their fourth consecutive draw against Newport County.

Flynn has called on the team give better service to the forwards and felt his side should have emerged victorious at the weekend.

"We should have won that game comfortably,” he stated.

"We dominated the majority of the game and in the end, we nearly went and gave it to them. All day we took too many touches, we were sloppy with passes.

"I’m telling them but ultimately, when they cross that white line, they make the decisions and it is frustrating because we should have won that game.

"We need to score more goals but we’re taking that extra touch and losing that chance to cross or put a through ball through, it’s frustrating because we don’t work on them taking too many touches, we work on them getting the ball out of their feet and to put balls in the box.

"Our front two need service and they haven’t had too much of it. We’re plodding on, we’re still tough to beat but we need to start going on a winning streak.”

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