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Taylor reflects on Barrow draw

25 October 2021

Walsall Head Coach Matt Taylor was frustrated to have only collected one point from Saturday’s match against Barrow.

George Miller scored a brace but it wasn’t enough as Josh Gordon scored with virtually the last kick of the game beyond added time.

Taylor’s side created eight opportunities in the first 30 minutes alone and Taylor insists his side need to be more clinical and shouldn’t have been in the position they were in going into the closing stages of the game.

“A 2-2 draw and we concede at the end but it should never get to that point,” Taylor said.

“We started the first half and for the first 30 minutes we were so dominant.

“In the first 45 minutes of the game, we’ve had eight opportunities to score and I’m not talking about half-chances, I’m talking about glorious opportunities and we haven’t taken them.

“If there is anything to learn, its we need to constantly keep on top of the players because I spoke on Tuesday about how pleased I was with the finishing in the first half but (on Saturday) we didn’t see the game out and what I mean by that is not hanging on at the end, you win a game of football by when you’re dominant, you insert or put yourself on the front foot and you put the ball in the back of the net.

“If you do that, what happens to the opposition is they lose confidence and you gain confidence and your players do that. I’m extremely disappointed that we’re stood here talking about a draw and not three points.”

Despite the late heartache, the Saddlers did stretch their unbeaten run to six in all competitions.

Miller also increased his goal tally to seven goals in just nine league outings and Taylor was pleased to see him score another brace and felt he deserved to be on the winning team.

“George is enjoying his football; you can see that in his performances,” he commented.

“His confidence to score the second goal in the way he did, I’m really pleased for him but he shouldn’t be on a drawing team – he should be on a team with three points. If look a George, has George done his job? Yes. I’m not sure and I’ve asked the players how many of them have done their job to see this game of football out.”


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