MIKE FLYNN SAYS: Pulis helps us to prepare perfectly
6:00am Saturday 13th October 2012 in Sport
IT’S been another great week for the club with six points in the bag and today’s early kick-off at Macclesfield gives us a chance to put more pressure on the chasing pack.
A 12.30pm kick-off is a bit strange for us players and a bit of a pain for the away fans I know, but hopefully we can get a win and then it’s down to the rest of the sides who play at 3pm.
Because of the early start we travelled up yesterday and we had a great training session at Stoke City on the way.
Tony Pulis has been great helping out his hometown club and we really appreciate it.
It does give us a boost to train at top class Premier League facilities and it should get us in the right frame of mind for what is another big game.
We trained up there before the Wrexham game as well and we lost that one so hopefully that isn’t a bad omen but it’s always fun up there.
It was transfer deadline day last time we were there and we kept craning our necks to see if we could spot Michael Owen landing his helicopter.
There weren’t too many first-teamers there yesterday because it’s an international weekend and I wouldn’t be too surprised if Tony becomes Wales boss one day.
He’s done a great job at Stoke and I’m sure he’ll be there for a long time to come but in the future you never know.
I don’t think the stick he gets for the way they play is fair. They’ve got some great players. I’m a Liverpool fan and people like Charlie Adam, Michael Owen and Peter Crouch are top class.
I’m writing this before last night’s Wales match against Scotland but I’m a big supporter of Chris Coleman.
He has had a tough job to do after what happened with Gary Speed but I’ve met him a few times and I know the type of character he is.
He wouldn’t have taken the job if he felt he wasn’t up to it and I hope he turns things round.
More important for us though is today’s match against Macclesfield and it will be another good test against a team who were obviously in League Two last season, just like me.
I played them the last few years and I happened to play up front there. We won as well so I’m available to play alongside Aaron O’Connor if the gaffer needs me to.
I’ll play anywhere for this club, even in goal if I have to – though I don’t think Lenny Pidgeley needs to worry about me as competition.
It’s obviously bad news about Danny Crow’s injury. His workrate has been superb. He’s been unselfish and a real team player so we’ll miss that today but we’ve got strength in depth up front now.
We had some shooting practice in training this week and Ryan Charles was looking good. Jefferson Louis had the wrong boots on I think but he’s a quality player with plenty of experience and we’ve also got Jake Harris and Conor Washington who can play up front with Aaron, who is as calm and collected as usual.
Hopefully I’ll play some part and we’ll have a good trip home with another three points in the bag.
Then tomorrow I’ll be back at Spytty on my day off for a charity event organized by an old mate.
Mark Fredrickson, who I know from growing up in Newport, has asked me to help him out.
Myself, David Pipe and local sporting stars like Fred Evans and Tony Borg are all getting involved.
Hopefully a lot of you guys will come along as well and support a great event from 10.30am on Sunday.
There’ll be activities for the kids as well and it should be a fun day.
Lap for Latch is the event and we’ll all be doing a lap of the pitch at Spytty to raise money for Latch, which is a great children’s cancer charity.
I lost my mum and my great auntie, who brought me up, through cancer, and I’ve always been keen to help charities whenever I can with signed shirts.
Footballers get a lot of stick these days but we do try to do our bit when we can.
It’s a really good bunch of lads here and they didn’t need much persuading to help out. Pipey will be there and some of the other lads have offered to donate to a good cause as well. See you all there.