Michael Flynn Pleased as Walsall Dig in For the Win Michael Flynn Pleased as Walsall Dig in For the Win

Michael Flynn Pleased as Walsall Dig in For the Win

The gaffer spoke to the press shortly after full-time.
Walsall boss Michael Flynn praised his side for their determined display as they defeated Swindon Town to earn a place in Round Two of the Carabao Cup.

After playing out a goalless first forty-five, the Saddlers were eventually able to grab the all-important goals to book their place in the next round, with the gaffer more than happy with their display of grit.

A Danny Johnson penalty - his fourth goal of the campaign - along with Timmy Abraham's first in a Walsall shirt were enough to end the ten-man Robins' hopes as they left WS1 in a somewhat frustrated mood.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Flynn said; "In the first half it took us a while to get going. I know I made a lot of changes, but we gave Swindon too much time and space.

"There were one or two not sure what to do out of possession, so it's a learning curve for me and them.

"But I was pleased we stuck with it. Swindon didn't really create anything and in the second half I thought we were brilliant."

The Saddlers made several changes heading into the game with Flynn opting to switch formation in the process. However, after failing to make an impact in the first-half, the gaffer switched back to a five-man defence, though when asked whether the switch was significant Flynn insisted it was simply about making the best use of the options at his disposal.

The manager continued; "Not really, no, because formations don't win you football matches. It's about players knowing when to press, when not to press, when to keep the shape, when to keep the ball and turn the opposition.

"When we did that in the first half we got into some good positions, but we didn't do it enough. We slowly grew into it and I thought we were by far the better team in the second half."
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