"We Weren't Ruthless Enough" - Flynn Bemoans a Lack of Cutting Edge as Walsall Slip to Another Defeat "We Weren't Ruthless Enough" - Flynn Bemoans a Lack of Cutting Edge as Walsall Slip to Another Defeat

"We Weren't Ruthless Enough" - Flynn Bemoans a Lack of Cutting Edge as Walsall Slip to Another Defeat

The gaffer spoke to the press shortly after referee Marc Edwards had called for full-time.
Walsall Head Coach Michael Flynn has rued his side's lack of cutting edge as they made it seven all-competition games without a win as they were defeated by Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.

The Saddlers started the game with a bang as they were awarded a penalty with just two minutes on the clock when referee Marc Edwards pointed to the spot, but they were unable to take advantage as the Bantams' in-form goalkeeper Harry Lewis was able to deny Danny Johnson's from the spot.

Walsall went on to create a handful of other goal-scoring opportunities but were soon punished for their lack of end product as goals from Andy Cook, the former Red bagging his seventh of the season, and Jake Young would prove to be enough to secure the win, despite Donervon Daniels' second-half effort.

Speaking to the assembled media, including Express & Star reporter Joe Edwards, Flynn admitted his team need to be better in both penalty areas if they are to get their campaign back on track, he said; "We've got to be better in both boxes.

"Poor finishing, poor decision-making, missing a penalty. We weren't good enough around our box in a half where we absolutely dominated.

"We dominated the game, to be honest, apart from five or ten minutes. It's very frustrating, but we go again.

"Any goal you concede is disappointing, but even more so when you've worked on them all week on the training pitch and video analysis.

"We showed them their strengths. Andy Cook is a very good finisher at this level, so we needed to make sure he wasn't spare, but he gets a free shot.

"We worked on stopping their widemen cutting inside, and then we decided to let him come in and pick his corner."

The Saddlers can count themselves unlucky to have come up against a goalkeeper in great form, but the gaffer was still disappointed as his side failed to capitalise upon promising openings, something he will continue to work upon.

Michael added; "We weren't ruthless enough and I'll say professional enough because that comes into the professionalism category.

"You've got to step on their throats. When you have an opportunity to come here and kill them off, you've got to do it.

"Otherwise, you get punished because they've got some good players. I think the performance was unbelievable.

"It's the best we've played since Hartlepool, if not better than that. It's disappointing. We've just got to again, keep knocking on the door and kill teams off."
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