Flynn Frustrated as Walsall Exit the Carabao Cup Flynn Frustrated as Walsall Exit the Carabao Cup
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Flynn Frustrated as Walsall Exit the Carabao Cup

The gaffer spoke to the media shortly after full-time.
Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn has spoken of his frustration as the Saddlers crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.

The Reds, who booked their place in the Second Round by beating Swindon Town a few weeks ago, saw an Andy Williams goal disallowed as referee Ollie Yates decided the veteran forward had handled the ball, despite replays appearing to show he controlled it with his chest.

To add insult to injury Williams was shown a yellow card with Flynn eventually opting to substitute the clearly frustrated striker as he went in search of a goal to take the game to a penalty shoot-out.

The one and only goal of the game would arrive via Diallang Jaiyesimi some twelve minutes into the second-half as the Saddlers' spell of winless games extended to four.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Michael said; "There's three-thousand people here when you add it all up. One person in the stadium decided to disallow the goal.

"It's not good enough. It could cost a club up to a million pound. That is why these decisions have got to be right.

"In modern football now, the cup games, you can't get them wrong. It's happening too often because I'm not the only manager to be complaining about the standards."

Going on to speak about scuppered scorer Williams and the standard of officiating in particular, Flynn added; "His stomach is red raw. Just to rub salt in the wounds, he gets booked.

"It’s crazy. I’ve had to take him off because you can see the frustration is still there. I didn’t think it was fair on him because he’s been working so hard for his first goal for this football club.

"And again he’s been denied a very good goal. When you are in the tournament with Premier League teams and there’s things riding on games i.e you can get a big draw, play-offs – I’ve been done in two play-off finals.

"I thought we were the better team, we’ve created loads of chances. It just wasn’t to be. The cross has come in, he’s even moved his arm to elevate his body, it was a very clever quick-thinking finish."

Although critical of the match officials, the former Newport County boss wasn't too pleased with his team's defensive display either, especially the passage of play which led to the match-winning goal.

Flynn added; "I will say even if it had counted we would only have gone to penalties and the way we defended for their goal, there were four or five mistakes.

"There were two players walking, not attempting to get back. A poor back pass to the keeper, a poor kick.

"I’m not just blaming the ref. We made one error and we got punished for it. The rest of it, I was very proud of them, the way we pressed, the way we played football, the chances we created. There were many more positives than negatives."
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