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Garner expecting a test from spirited Walsall team

Gaffer looks ahead to tonight

22 February 2022

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner knows Walsall will be on a big high riding into tonight's game at The County Ground.

The Reds are back in EFL Sky Bet League Two action this evening - 7:45pm Kick-Off - and they take on a Saddlers team who have won two games on the bounce.

They beat league leaders Forest Green Rovers 1-0 at the weekend in what was Michael Flynn's first game in charge as Manager, and Garner is expecting Walsall to be full of confidence tonight as they continue to benefit from the new boss buzz.

"They've won their last two so they've won one when Neil McDonald took charge and one on Saturday with Michael Flynn," Garner said.

"I watched them play Scunthorpe the game before and they were very unlucky to lose the game. They had a lot of chances early on and the game could have easily been won but, unfortunately, it cost Matt Taylor his job.

"They've been performing to a decent level anyway and they've had two back-to-back wins now, and Michael Flynn coming in will give them a lift and new motivation.

"He'll be looking to get his ideas across very quickly and he's always done very well in this division. I thought he did a really, really good job at Newport and they've got a good squad there at Walsall with some really talented players.

"They are physically a very strong side, really good athleticism throughout their team and they've got good strengths and attributes that we're well aware of.

"I've watched that game from Saturday and we're well-versed in what to expect.

"But, as always, we're looking at ourselves and focussing on our performance and making sure what we do is right.

"If you can get a run of wins together in this division it makes a huge difference, and you've only got to look at what Mansfield did earlier in the season and it can propel you up the table.

"We've had back-to-back wins which is great, and we're looking to follow that up now."


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