Michael Flynn said that cutting out individual errors has been behind Swindon Town’s defensive improvements in their last four matches.

Swindon conceded eight goals in their first three league matches of the season, including letting in five away against Wrexham, but have since seen their defensive performances improve as they have kept three clean sheets in the subsequent four matches.

Walsall’s xG total for the game of 0.53, according to Flashscore, is the second lowest number that Swindon have conceded all season, only behind the 0.04 number that Crewe Alexandra mustered during the 2-2 draw on the opening day of the season.

It is also three games in a row in which Town have allowed less than one xG against, showing that their defensive improvements are sustainable.

Flynn felt that the progress at the back was not down to structural changes, but more due to his team eradicating the errors which had caused many of the goals in the opening three matches.

He said: “I don’t think we are getting the defending down, what we have done is cut out individual mistakes and silly errors.

“Talking about the shape, I thought Saidou [Khan] was excellent; when I spoke about a leader in the week, maybe we have that leader already.

“Saidou, George [McEachran], [Dan] Kempy, they all stepped up today and they weren’t leaving big gaps in the centre of midfield.

“You might say that Isaac Hutchinson had a bit more space at times, but that is because they had the overload in there.

“We always had somebody in cover, whether that was Dokes [Udoka Godwin-Malife], Remeao [Hutton] or [Tom] Brewitt, whoever it was we always had that one in cover behind.

“It was not as gung-ho as usual, but it was a more controlled and professional performance.”

The ability of Swindon to control the game for the duration was another part of the performance which Flynn felt was very pleasing.

He said: “I thought we controlled the game and the way we played was very good. There was probably a ten-to-15-minute spell where we were a bit sloppy with our passing and decision making.

“That gave them a little bit of a lift and some impetus, but for the rest of the game we were in control, and we looked like a threat every time we went forward.

“But even then, we controlled the tempo of the first half and then in the second half we were excellent.”