Michael Flynn felt that Swindon Town responded very well to the challenges Walsall posed them during their 2-0 win at the County Ground.

Charlie Austin headed home after just two minutes before Rushian Hepburn-Murphy got the second two minutes from the end, with Tom Knowles having been sent off for two yellow cards midway through the second half.

Flynn said that Walsall came with a strong game plan to frustrate his team, but they adapted very to take advantage when the opportunity came.

He said: “I thought we started really well, but after that we kind of played into their hands for a while as they played the box in midfield.

“That created an overload in midfield and stopped us from building from the back as fluently as we usually do.

“And we were also too sloppy on some passes, Isaac Hutchinson was given too much space at times on the turnover.

“The longer the game went on, we knew we were going to have to come out and be a little bit more adventurous.

“But I was very impressed with the way we played in the second half.

“They have some good players at Walsall, and I should know because I signed a load of them, but the minute they went 352 we really took control.

“I felt that we controlled the game, and other than a ten-to-15-minute spell when our passes were sloppy, that gave them a little bit of a lift and some impetus.

“But for the rest of the game we were in control and looked dangerous every time we went forwards.”

Flynn was particularly pleased with how his side capitalised upon Knowles’ sending off, particularly after encountering difficulty in a similar situation against Doncaster Rovers.

“I actually had to go for a toilet break, so I missed the sending off, I will have to watch it back later, but after that point we were excellent.

“When they went down to ten, we moved the ball quicker, we were zippier, and we didn’t try and force things.

“We were patient, and our selection of pass was a lot better than it was at Doncaster but saying that it was tougher that day because the pitch was slow.

“But this was a good win, and we are on a good run at the moment, but we have a tough game coming up next weekend against Morecambe."