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Michael Flynn dedicates Gillingham win to 'excellent' supporters

20 March 2023

Club News

Michael Flynn dedicates Gillingham win to 'excellent' supporters

20 March 2023

Saddlers Head Coach Michael Flynn wanted to dedicate the 2-0 win over Gillingham at the Poundland Bescot Stadium on Saturday to the ‘fantastic’ supporters who were in attendance.

The win over Neil Harris’ side was the first for Flynn and his team since New Years Day in the league and whilst Flynn has openly admitted that he understands the frustrations from the fans, he was thrilled to be able to send them home happy on Saturday afternoon.

“It was a deserved three points,” said Flynn. “I haven’t been too down because the performances in the main have been there.

“Obviously it is frustrating when we don’t win over that period but we knew it would change. We had to keep knocking on the door, keep believing in the players and keep sticking together like I have said all along.

“That win this afternoon is for the fans. I thought they were excellent today and that’s not just because we won, they were excellent even when we were at 0-0. They got behind us and I really appreciate their support.

“When you think about it, we started quickly against Barrow, we started like that against Swindon and we started like that against Bradford but what you don’t want is to get everyone excited and then fall off.

“We were tired at the end of the game. We played Tuesday but Gillingham didn’t, they have had a free week and we had to change it round. We sat a little bit deep towards the end but they didn’t hit the target.

“The defence today and defending today was outstanding because Oliver Hawkins is a handful, Tom Nichols is a very talented player at this level and we kept them quiet which is a compliment to our players and Brandon Comley was excellent again in midfield.”

A crowd of over 6,700 was in present for the game against the Gills with nearly 1,700 local school children and their parents in attendance in the Experienced Energy Solutions Stadium and the Head Coach was extremely complimentary of everyone who showed their support on Saturday afternoon.

“I thought the crowd today was fantastic from start to finish,” he continued. “I understand their frustrations like I have said before because they know as well that we aren’t a million miles away.

“I am not getting carried away with one win, we have got to build on this and finish the season strong and if you have a look at the results today, nobody is lying down and giving up.

“Rochdale draw 4-4 with Swindon, Bradford drew 2-2 with Hartlepool, they are the bottom two teams, Crawley went away and winning as well.

“Nobody is giving up so it will be a tough end to the season but one that I am looking forward to.”

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