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Flanagan Hopes to Keep His Place in Walsall's Starting Line-Up

Reece Flanagan has spoken of his delight as he started a league game for the first time since April 2016 as the Saddlers faced Plymouth Argyle on New Year's Day.
Walsall midfielder Reece Flanagan has spoken of his delight as he started a league game for the first time since April 2016 as the Saddlers faced Plymouth Argyle on New Year's Day.

23-year-old, Birmingham-born Flanagan, who has made ten all-competition appearances so far this season, was pleased with his contribution at Home Park and felt he should have been awarded a penalty after being bundled over inside the box in the second half.

Reece, speaking via the club's official website - Saddlers.co.uk, said; "It had been a long time waiting for me but it was good to get in the team. I thought I put in a performance that will put myself in the gaffer’s eyes so hopefully I will keep my place in the team. I thought we played quite well and created a few chances away from home.

"They had a couple of shots from long range but I didn’t feel there was a great deal that really troubled our goal. It was disappointing to concede and we felt we should have had a penalty ourselves.

"I chested it down in the box and was about to shoot from 10-12 yards out. I had no reason to go down but I felt a push in the back so for me that was a blatant penalty. We’ve got to keep looking forward to the next game rather than looking into the past and hopefully we can pick up points."

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