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Flynn: That's the standard

Boss reflects on Plymouth pre-season victory

31 July 2023

Fixture News

Flynn: That's the standard

Boss reflects on Plymouth pre-season victory

31 July 2023

Michael Flynn believes his side were "exceptional" following their 3-1 pre-season victory against Plymouth.

Focus now switches to the first league fixture away to Colchester on Saturday, with Flynn hoping that last Saturday was the first game instead.

He said: "I wish it were a league game because we were exceptional.

"I know it was a little bit slow for the first 20 minutes, the players went one-to-one against a very good team that won League One last season.

"I was very proud of them, but the only thing they've shown is that's the minimum that's expected of them now because they were superb."

This positivity is exactly the preparation Town wanted going into Saturday, with the players' overall attitudes a big positive for the Swindon boss.

Flynn said: "They stuck to their roles and responsibilities that we've been working on, the patterns of play and when they were in the final third, they were brave.

"The overall attitude and the way they conducted themselves for me was what I want."

A number of key players impressed during the home victory over Argyle, with Dan Kemp opening the scoring with a fantastic volley from a set-play, something that Flynn reassures there is plenty more to come.

"We've got more in our tank in terms of set-plays, Wayne Hats(well) works on them thoroughly and he's one of the best I've seen at them."

Goals from Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Jacob Wakeling wrapped up the game, following Morgan Whittaker's consolation, but the Town boss was impressed with in particular, those who have stepped in recent games, including young defender Harrison Minturn.

He said: "I've told Harrison that his performance today is where he's got to be because one or two games, I've not been happy with him and he knows that.

"But he really stepped up to the plate and showed that he can be relied upon, but it has to be a consistent thing.

"You can't have one good game and two bad ones, I want some consistency but I was very pleased with Harrison."

Preparations continue for Swindon and as such faces in and out the door have begun changing, with the departures of Ronan Darcy to Crawley and Tomi Adeloye to Partick Thistle, a decision that Flynn explains:

"We had to freshen the squad up. With Ronan, we had an offer from Crawley and one that was acceptable to the football club and that's that.

"They've moved on and we've got to bring players in now to not only replace them but be better than them and that's what I'm here to do."

This transition has already started, with the most recent arrival of former Walsall midfielder Liam Kinsella, someone the boss already knew from their time at the Saddlers last season.

He said: "He's completely different to what we've got in midfield.

"He's tenacious, he wins the ball back, he's wholehearted and he'll be a crowd favourite because of the effort he puts in.

"He just gives us something different to what we've already got."

Despite the arrival of Kinsella, Flynn insists that he and his staff will only look to players that will "strengthen the group" and not "sign players for the sake of it."

The Town boss said: "You only need a suspension or an injury and you don't want to be made weak in one area, you want whoever's coming in to be fully confident in them.

"That's why we've been patient and it's been frustrating at times, trust me I've not been off the phone for the month! 

"But I'm hoping it bears fruit and we get our just rewards from it."

Ahead of the first League Two challenge against the U's this weekend, Flynn insists he can't get wait for the latest campaign underway.

He said: "I'm excited, I can't wait to get going.

"I know it wasn't a full house here but they were loud and they enjoyed it and that's what I want them to do.

"I want them the fans to get behind us and enjoy.

"If they see them (the players) do as well as they did today, then there's going to be a lot more good days than bad."

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