Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn has praised tomorrow’s opponents Northampton Town for the way they’ve continued to challenge at the top end of the table despite battling with injury setbacks.
The Saddlers will be looking to get back on track following Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat away at Salford City.
Flynn is expecting a difficult challenge against a Cobblers side who he knows will be gunning for automatic promotion after narrowly missing out last season.
“Jon (Brady) has done very well since he’s been there, very unlucky last season and he’ll be looking to go one better this season,” Flynn said.
“They’ve kept the nucleus together of their squad, lost one or two. They’ve strengthened in the window, they’ve had injuries this season, which we know, as have we.
“I’m not one of these to say we’ve had injuries and we’re the only club to have injuries, I know they’ve had injuries and they’re still there or thereabouts so it’s a testament to them and it's going to be a tough game, we know that.”
Flynn had a busy January transfer window, adding Joe Low, Robbie Willmott, Jamille Matt, Yann Songo’o, Jackson Smith and Matty Stevens and the Saddlers Head Coach is pleased with how his squad is looking after the closure of the window.
“I think we strengthened the squad,” he commented.
“We’ve got two more senior lads in with experience of promotion or being there or thereabouts and we’ve improved the quality.
"If you add Joe Riley into that, who’s almost there, it could be seven.
“He looked the best that I’ve seen him today, he looked really sharp and he’s going to be a good player for us.
“It’s about timing it right, not rushing him and just bouncing back tomorrow – that’s what we want to do.”