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Matt Taylor frustrated to see his side walk away with nothing from Bradford City clash

26 January 2022

Saddlers Head Coach Matt Taylor was left feeling frustrated following Tuesday night’s defeat against Bradford City and branded the fact that is side walked away with nothing from the game as unacceptable.

Goals from Matty Daly and Andy Cook either side of George Miller’s first goal since Barrow on October 23rd were enough to give the visiting Bantams all three points and Taylor couldn’t believe that his side didn’t walk away with anything from the game having dominated the play for large spells of the game.

“It’s an unacceptable result based on the performance levels of our players,” said Taylor. 

“At the moment we are sabotaging ourselves. They have had one shot in the second half and we have given it to them because we have tried to catch the ball in our box. 

“It’s a silly foul to give away in the build up to it. It’s a really difficult one because we have missed two fantastic chances and it should be 3-0 or 3-1 at half-time to us. 

“We went out in the second half and I thought we took the game to them and we get one and then we keep pushing, we have other opportunities but it’s unacceptable because the performance level was probably as good as it has been for a while. 

To not win that game, as I say, it’s not good enough for the group of players and Bradford haven’t had to do enough to win that game. They have had one chance in the first half other than the goal and one chance in the second half which we have given them. 

“I mean sometimes I stand here and you know what to say and I think after watching the team play there, what I should be talking about is us winning a game of football but I’m not. 

“We made a stupid error at the end of the game and then they are always going to sit in but in terms of energy, in terms of effort, in terms of quality, in terms of the way we used the ball and built with the ball, I thought second half was a bit slow but I thought the first half the tempo was really good. 

“The players put in a performance that I was really pleased with with the ball but we have come away with nothing and that is why tonight is unacceptable.”

There was a new face in the starting line-up against Bradford as recent signing Donervon Daniels made his Saddlers debut and Taylor was pleased with what he saw from the centre half and eluded to the fact that he is hoping to have at least one more new face in the building before Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

“I thought Donervon made a huge difference,” Taylor added. “He was excellent, outstanding I would say in terms of his performance so he is going to prove to be a good signing for sure. 

“Hopefully moving forward imminently we will have other players coming into the club because we need that real injection of new players for competition and more importantly for them to get onto the pitch and try and help the team because tonight on the whole I am really pleased but the result is the most important thing so to lose that game tonight when we should win it, is really really tough to take. 

“Donervon is the first signing that we have made in the transfer window, it took a little bit longer to conclude that deal than we would have liked but very imminently by Saturday I would hope that we will have at least one new player in the squad and that is what we need. 

“I know that Jamie (Fullarton), the chairman and everyone at the football have been working very hard to get new players in but as I say, it is taking a bit of time because what is important is that first and foremost you see that Donervon has the quality but it’s the type of character as well that attracted us to him. 

“I thought he led extremely well. He has had one training session with the players and that was today so for him to put in that performance was great and we are going to need the other new signings to make sure they have the same impact.”


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