Walsall Head Coach Matt Taylor was delighted with striker George Miller’s home debut and insists he still expects him to improve while he’s at the club.
The 23-year-old bagged a brace in an impressive display against Mansfield Town on Saturday.
Taylor was pleased with how every player involved performed at the weekend but felt Miller could have had more goals to his name and showed why they wanted to sign him.
“He should have more than two goals if I’m being really harsh on him but George’s performance you saw the reason why we wanted to bring him to the football club because he has an attitude where he’ll never lay down and die, he keeps going,” Taylor said.
“If you ask their centre-halves, the three of them that played, they didn’t have a minute’s rest and that’s what we need. It sets the tone for the team because he presses, he harries and he’s starting to understand the way we play better.
“He’s had a full week of training and I’m hopeful that it’s just the tip of the iceberg and the beginning for George in a Walsall shirt.
“He’s at a stage in his life and his career where this loan move for him really matters because he needs to score goals. What you saw was a hungry George Miller, somebody that you wouldn’t know if you watched it that he was on loan. He’s bought into everything that we’ve asked of him but I expect him to get better so we’re in a good spot with him.
“There were some exceptional performances out there and it would be wrong of me to pick anybody out but I thought, to a man, each and every person did their job and that’s all as a coach you can ask for.”
The Saddlers now turn their attention to the Papa John’s Trophy with Brighton and Hove Albion Under 21s visiting the Banks’s Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Taylor stressed, while it’s important to enjoy Saturday’s triumph, the team must keep a level head with games coming thick and fast.
“It’s important to say let’s not get too high," he commented.
"We’re three unbeaten but when the players report on Monday the focus shifts to Brighton and after that the focus shifts to Newport so it’s imperative in this job that you don’t get too high and don’t get too low but I want the players to enjoy Saturday.”
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