Michael Flynn Apologetic Following Walsall's Slow Start Michael Flynn Apologetic Following Walsall's Slow Start

Michael Flynn Apologetic Following Walsall's Slow Start

Walsall boss Michael Flynn spoke to the media shortly after the referee had called for full-time.
Michael Flynn admitted his side entered their worst first-half performance since he replaced Darrell Clarke in the Bescot Stadium hot seat as the Saddlers and Colchester United played out a one-all draw on Tuesday evening.

Falling behind to Frank Nouble's goal with just two-minutes on the clock, Walsall failed to make any sort of impression upon their visitors' goal until shortly after the hour mark as Tom Knowles bagged his first goal as a Saddler.

Flynn, who was able to turn the tide in part by making a double half-time substitution, admitted he probably started the game with the wrong line-up even going as far as to apologise to the fans for his side's slow start.

Speaking to the Express & Star's Saddlers reporter Joe Edwards, amongst others, Michael said; "We should have gone on and won it but at half-time, if you had asked me if we would go on to win it, I would've said 'no chance'.

"It's the worst forty-five minutes of me being in charge. We lost every battle – first contact and second contact. We didn't have the courage to pass the ball.

"The goal we gave away was farcical. Nobody spoke to each other. We gave throw-ins away and couldn't receive it from a throw-in. I'll take responsibility as it's my team.

"I put them out there and probably got the set-up wrong – and one or two personnel. But what I will be positive about is the way we came out for the second half, the courage they had to get on the ball.

"As a team, we let them off the hook after that second-half performance. But the first-half performance was nowhere near good enough.

"We got booed off and rightly so. We've giving ourselves a mountain to climb. The second half, I've got to say, the crowd played a real part when we needed them.

"You could just feel the whole place lift. For that first-half performance, I'd like to apologise on behalf of myself and the team."
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