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Donervon Daniels and Michael Flynn discuss Wimbledon trip

28 March 2023

Club News

Donervon Daniels and Michael Flynn discuss Wimbledon trip

28 March 2023

Walsall captain Donervon Daniels is relishing tonight’s trip to AFC Wimbledon and is keen to build on recent results.

The Saddlers are unbeaten in their last three matches and will be looking to pick up their first win on the road since Boxing Day. 

Daniels is keen to take the positives into this evening’s match away at AFC Wimbledon and feels the last three results have been encouraging.

“From where we’d been in the last couple of months, I felt like the last three games have been positives,” he said.

“Two clean sheets at home, one win, a draw on the road to take into another away game and we’ve got to take the positives.

“The fans (on Saturday) were a real positive for us because they pulled us, they encouraged us and it was good to score in front of them at that end of the pitch and we’re going to need them again (tonight).

“I feel like the boys are ready, we understand how difficult that game is going to be, a long travelling day but we’re relishing it.”

Daniels netted his second goal of the season against the Mariners at the weekend and he is keen to pop up on the scoresheet more regularly but was pleased with his strike in Lincolnshire.

“It was a decent finish if I say so myself,” he commented.

“It’s something that we’ve spoken about loads, myself, Sads (Mat Sadler) and Hats (Wayne Hatswell) that I’ve not scored as much as I’d have liked to this season.

“Not through lack of trying, it just hasn’t fell for me. (On Saturday) I felt I was in a good position to capitalise on a loose ball and I just wanted to hit the target and I did that and it went into the back of the net.

“I felt I could have had another one because there was a run we identified in the near post area and Joe put some really good balls into the box and I felt like I was just unlucky not to get a goal from one of his set plays.”

Head Coach Michael Flynn is aiming to end March with a positive result to take into a busy April that will start with a home match against Sutton United.

He is determined to keep battling on and feels his team aren’t too far off from where he wants them to be given they are tough to beat.

“It goes to show we’re not far away,” said Flynn.

“I’m frustrated because we’ve had 16 draws and we could have easily won 10 of them and that is the frustrating thing.

"We’ll keep fighting, we’ll keep together but I know where we need to improve, it’s as simple as that.

“It will be nice to hopefully get as win on Tuesday and then get in front of our fans against Sutton on the first.”

The Saddlers will be without Liam Gordon who is still on international duty with Guyana.

On the injury front, Flynn provided an update on the fitness of Jamille Matt and Joss Labadie.

“He’s very close Jamille,” he revealed. “Might be Tuesday otherwise it will be Saturday and Joss Labadie is very close as well.”


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