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PRE-MATCH | Matt Taylor previews Bradford trip

3 September 2021

Walsall Head Coach Matt Taylor is still keen to see improvement from his side when they take on Bradford City at the weekend.

The Saddlers picked up their first victory of the campaign against Stevenage last weekend and will be looking to build on that at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

A bumper crowd is expected tomorrow afternoon and Taylor has challenged his team to deal with the pressure.

With the confidence of last week’s win behind them, the Saddlers Head Coach feels it will helped change the mentality heading into tomorrow’s encounter.

“It’s hopefully helped change the mindset a little bit that matches our mindset in terms of our thoughts on them,” he explained.

“We think they’re good players, we think we’re a decent team at the moment and we’ve got loads to improve on.

“What they did on Saturday was they found a way to win the game. I said after the game that I thought we weren’t great on the ball in the second half but what I mean by that is we weren’t brave enough to receive under pressure.

“I didn’t feel at any point we really looked vulnerable, I thought we defended very well. I just would have liked to see us have better use of the ball.

“In every game I’m much happier coming out saying we can play better but we’ve taken three points and we will need to play better if we’re going to get any points this weekend away at Bradford because they’re a very good team at this level.

“They’ve got a manager who understands how to get out of this league, he did last season.

“They’ve got a huge backing behind them; it will be a different test for our players because there will be 15,000/16,000 fans there. Can we handle that pressure? Can we make decisions that are the right ones under pressure? We know we create chances; can we take those chances? If we can do that then we’ve got a good chance of getting a positive result from the game.”

The Saddlers bolstered their squad on transfer deadline day with the addition of George Miller who joined on loan from Barnsley and Taylor was pleased to add him to the squad.

“I’m really happy,” he said.

“It was an extremely busy period the last week of the transfer window, I’m sure it was the same for every club up and down the country but what we’ve tried to do is get players who compliment the players we’ve got but also add in areas that we feel we need to.

“There’s no beating around the bush, we haven’t scored enough goals for the chances we’ve created, therefore we needed somebody else to add competition in that area of the pitch because when we’re on top in games, we haven’t scored enough.

“We’ve gone about trying to recruit the right person and the right player and I feel we’ve done that. What I like about George is he’s got a point to prove because his career probably hasn’t gone the way he would have wanted it to and he’s not been playing at Barnsley.

“We’ve got an opportunity for him to come here, work hard and see where that can take him but we understand that it’s mutually beneficial in terms of any loan player that we get.

“Obviously, we want to help him develop and be successful but more importantly he needs to come here and add to what we’ve already got in the building.

“His personality, his character is very good and I think he’ll fit in with the group very well.”

An extended interview with the Head Coach is available on our YouTube channel and we’ll also have more from Taylor in tomorrow’s pre-match show from Utilita Energy Stadium. 


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