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Flynn hails travelling Saddlers fans

16 January 2023

Club News

Flynn hails travelling Saddlers fans

16 January 2023

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn praised the travelling fans after two away trips within six days.

681 supporters made the trip to Prenton Park to watch the Saddlers pick up a point against Tranmere Rovers.

Six days earlier, 1408 supporters went to Stockport County in the FA Cup and Flynn was impressed with the numbers across both games.

“Fair play to them. We took a load last week to Stockport, two away games in six days and taking 2000 fans (over the two games) is a phenomenal effort so fair play to them,” Flynn said.

“I just wish we held on and got the points because once we are in front, we very rarely throw it away and that was the disappointing thing.”

Danny Johnson opened the scoring in the second half before Josh Hawkes equalised from a free-kick moments after Manny Monthé received a second yellow card and was subsequently sent off.

Flynn was frustrated that his team conceded from the free-kick immediately after the red card but he also felt the wind spoiled the match for both teams.

“It was a scrappy game,” Flynn admitted.

“I don’t think the wind helped either team. We weren’t at our best but that’s seven unbeaten away from home now. We had a crazy 90 seconds and it’s cost us two points.

“Neither team looked like scoring all game to be honest. We go in front, we have that crazy incident with Manny and Owen then the free-kick, it’s a bit poor and the sending off – we’ve got our backs against the wall.

"If we’d have kept that out, I’d have fancied us to see out the game with 10 men.

“We’ve got a tough game next week against Swindon, who got an unbelievable result, but it’s a point away from home.”

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