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Michael Flynn confident ahead of Leyton Orient challenge

10 February 2023

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn believes Leyton Orient are within touching distance of promotion but is confident that tomorrow’s fixture at the Poundland Bescot Stadium is winnable.

The O’s are sat at the summit of the table, and the Welshman thinks another seven wins out of their remaining 18 games will secure them promotion. 

"They and Stevenage have been the standout teams in the league,” he admitted. 

"Leyton Orient have had a little dip where they didn’t score for six or seven games, but they’ve won their last two without conceding and they are on 63 points already. 

"They (Leyton Orient and Stevenage) are well oiled machines and are within touching distance."

"It's a tough league, it's very competitive and we're going to make it difficult for them tomorrow so we're going to give it a big go and hopefully we get three points come five o'clock." 

The Saddlers boss is expecting a similar styled encounter to last week’s 0-0 draw to Northampton but hopes his side's home advantage can play a difference in the outcome. 

“We need to be winning our home games, definitely,” he said. 

“We know that they’ve got an excellent defensive record, but they can also hurt anyone going forward with the likes of (Charlie) Kelman, (George) Moncur, (Darren) Pratley, and (Theo) Archibald. 

“They’ve got a good group of players and obviously brought (Kieran) Sadlier in as well so it’s a good team. 

“It’s going to be a hard, long, slog from now until the end of the season in a tough league that is very competitive so we’re going to make it difficult for them tomorrow. 

"It’s a difficult game but one we know we can win if we’re at it."

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