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PRE-MATCH | Taylor believes bonds are growing ahead of Newport trip

17 September 2021

Walsall Head Coach Matt Taylor believes his players are bonding well both on and off the pitch.

The Saddlers are currently four unbeaten in all competitions and confidence is high in the camp.

Taylor insists that there is still room for more development but he’s been pleased with the way relationships have been built and feels the players are continuing to gel well.

“They’re getting to know each other better,” Taylor said.

“They know each other as people but now they’re learning more about each other’s game.

“We’re still a working progress, we’re still making sure that every day we’re continuing to give the players the same messages, albeit slightly differently, about our identity and how we play.

“They’re becoming better with their understanding with what we want. They’re also growing with their friendships and bonds with each other.

“You walk in here and as soon as you get in its loud, it’s bubbly and that’s a testament to them. We’ve got to understand that there is still a huge amount of room for growth and we’ve got to make sure that we do that.”

Walsall travel to South Wales tomorrow to face Newport County.

Michael Flynn’s side are 19th in the league, two below the Saddlers and are without a win in four but Taylor has stressed to not read too much into their league position but feels his side are capable of picking up a positive result.

“It will be a game where we have an opportunity to take three points providing, we match their desire and passion and then continue to make sure our performances are getting better,” Taylor commented.

“It’s a tough game, I can talk to you about them tactically and tell you how they’re going to play, they’ve played different formations this season.

“They’ve got a manager that is very capable at this level, they’ve got an excellent squad but for some reason at the moment, they’re not being as consistent as they’d like. From my perspective, our group - and that’s the focus for me, are getting better.

“What we have to do now is make sure that we go there and first and foremost, match the opposition's work rate. If we do that, we’ve got a chance. We will create chances in this game, so will the opposition. Can we be more ruthless than Newport to try and get a result?

“It’s a game that has come at a very good time for us, it’s one I believe we can get a positive result from but Newport are a good team and I urge everyone not to be fooled by their league position."





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