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Michael Flynn gives honest assessment after AFC Wimbledon defeat

29 March 2023

Club News

Michael Flynn gives honest assessment after AFC Wimbledon defeat

29 March 2023

Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn gave an honest assessment of his team’s performance after Tuesday night’s disappointing defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

Second half goals from Will Nightingale and Ali Al-Hamadi saw the hosts emerge victorious.

Flynn was unhappy with how his team applied themselves and was disappointed with his side’s display.

“It was poor,” he confessed.

“Conceding two set plays just about summed it up, we were nowhere near and they’ve let the supporters down who travelled, just over 300 of them.

“Passing was bad, decision making was bad, desire was near enough non-existent – you had one of their smallest players winning headers in midfield.

“Strikers didn’t get hold of the ball; they didn’t get any service mind. We made mistakes at the back; I could go on and on but they’ve let the club and supporters down.

“I don’t know if enough of them think about the game and actually pay attention. We worked on a short corner and one of the players forgot what he was doing and ran in the way of the one who was striking the ball, it was criminal.

“We work on these things to try get an advantage and we end up killing ourselves and getting countered on. They really need to start think about the game. I’ve said it before, it’s not empty threats but they are playing for their Walsall careers.”

301 Saddlers supporters made the trip down to London and Flynn was grateful for their support and apologised for the performance.

“Sorry they had to watch that,” he said.

“We have come to a team who haven’t won in 11, lost seven of them and it looked like they’d just won seven in a row, we’ve let ourselves down tonight.”

Elsewhere, Joss Labadie made his long awaited return from injury, coming off the bench for the final 15 minutes which Flynn labelled as the one and only positive he can take from last night’s encounter.

The Saddlers were also without Brandon Comley and Jacob Maddox and Flynn confirmed they were both missing through injury.


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