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Flynn challenges players to show what they're made of

6 March 2023

Club News

Flynn challenges players to show what they're made of

6 March 2023

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn has challenged his players to roll their sleeves up and show what they are capable of when they take on Bradford City tomorrow night.

The Saddlers fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Barrow on Saturday and will be looking to bounce back against the Bantams at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

Flynn wants to see his side dig deep between now and the end of the season and is looking for a positive response.

“I want to see what they’re made of,” said Flynn.

“That’s not me questioning them, it’s show me and roll up your sleeves. Let’s go and show that we want to play for this football club, which they have done all season by the way, but for the rest of the season, let’s see it out, put our bodies on the line, let’s make goals and cut out the mistakes because we are getting punished for absolutely everything that we do wrong at the minute.

“They could have scored a second early in the second half but we could have had a penalty at the end, Conor Wilkinson was thrown to the floor which was much worse than the one we had against us last week. They’re not excuses, that is what happens and we’ve got to dig in and fight.

“If they can’t raise themselves for Bradford then they’re in the wrong profession.

“I’ve been straight with them, talking about extending contracts, I’m in no rush to do that at the minute.

"Yes, I’m not going to overreact, especially the defenders who have been very good this season but I need to know what they’ve got in their hearts for the rest of the season.”

Flynn was frustrated with his team’s performance on Saturday and admitted that his side didn’t deserve to claim three points.

“I’m an optimistic guy, I always think I’m truthful with what I say but we didn’t deserve to win that game just because of that first half, we lost the game in the first half,” he commented.

“You look at their three centre backs they rolled up their shirts and said give us what you’ve got and we’ll deal with it. That’s a good win for Barrow, they’re a tough nut to crack and they’re the first team to do the double on us this season. We’ve got to move on and quickly.”

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