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Flynn: We can't wait

Town boss and his side are excited for their season opener

12 August 2023

Club News

Flynn: We can't wait

Town boss and his side are excited for their season opener

12 August 2023

Michael Flynn and his Swindon side can't wait to get their league campaign underway, with the first opponents being Crewe Alexandra at the County Ground today.

Reflecting on Peterborough, the Town boss mentioned the recent absentees in George McEachran and Jake Cain (along with Tyrese Shade), both of which, (after minor illnesses and injuries), are back available once again:

"George is fine, Jake Cain is back training and Tyrese Shade could be back for Wrexham."

When focusing on the Peterborough performance, Flynn said:

"I thought we were brilliant.

"We had the best chances, but clearly we need to practice penalties!"

Flynn also gave praise to on-loan goalkeeper Murphy Mahoney, who was unfortunate to lose out on the eventual penalty shootout against the League One side but is confident in the 21-year-old's potential with Town.

He said: "He is outstanding.

"I have followed him for a long time, probably a good ten months.

"He is a great lad, great ability and his potential just gets bigger with every game.

"I am over the moon with him.

"He is there to make those saves and he did it.

"I am more than confident in him."

The gaffer also mentioned that with the hectic schedule, the training routine has been altered to make sure they are fully ready for Saturday:

"We started a little bit later on Wednesday.

"The boys who didn't play, we tried to work them really hard and get some distance in their legs.

"On their days off, they should be working as hard as they can to get as fit as they can as quickly as they can."

With the anticipation of this weekend's game building, Flynn admits that his side will "appreciate playing at the County Ground more" as they look ahead to their season opener against Crewe.

He said: "That's why we only go there when we're playing.

"I want the fans to be patient, but also get behind us and support us.

"I am excited, I have my family coming, hopefully, it will be a big crowd and we hope that the players rise to the occasion and get us off to a good start in the league.

"I want the fans to get behind us and be vocal, just support us.

"I would love to win every game 5-0, have my feet up, make subs, and get younger players involved, but it doesn’t work like that.

"It is always good for the fans to have expectations because if you don’t aim for the top then you are never going to reach it, but you have to be realistic as well.

"We just need to make sure we implement our principles and play the right way."

When discussing this weekend's opponents, Crewe Alexandra, Flynn was adamant that this Saturday's opener will not be an easy game.

He said: "Crewe are always tough to play against, they play with freedom and Lee [Bell] is in there now, he is a good footballing guy and has been there all his life apart from a small move, so he knows the club inside out.

"Through their spine they have experience, and they have talented players, so anyone who thinks it will be a guaranteed win for Swindon and a walk in the park, and we all go away happy will be mistaken.

"I know we can’t decide what the fans think, but I will be making sure that the players are focused, and they know it is a tough afternoon.

"They will have to outwork them, outfight them, and outplay them to earn the three points and if we do that then it will give us a very good opportunity to be victorious."

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