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Taylor disappointed after Bristol defeat

31 January 2022

Walsall Head Coach Matt Taylor felt his side played too safe and didn’t take enough risks against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Aaron Collins netted in the 90th minute as 10-man Rovers claimed all three points at the Memorial Stadium.

Taylor wants his players to show more desire after he expressed his disappointment with their display at the weekend.

“Not good enough,” he said.

“No risk against 10 men, in terms of us with the ball. We didn’t make good enough decisions, I felt when you’re in that period and you’re against 10 men you’ve got to move the ball quick – we didn’t do that.

“We overhit passes, we’re getting into good areas and not crossing the ball, not hitting the target and all the things that you ask for in a performance, we didn’t really deliver.

“In the first 20 minutes of the game, we were under pressure from our own doing. We didn’t make the correct decision of going slightly longer when we’re under pressure and then they go and have a man sent off.

“We spoke at half-time about what an opportunity this would be for the group to try and get back to winning ways away from home. I asked the players to take the game to Bristol in the second half and I look at the start of the second half and we weren’t good enough at taking risks.

“We weren’t good enough in terms of taking risks. We picked safe options, we went backwards when there was an opportunity to go forwards but from my perspective and point of view, try and give them a structure to go and be free and play and it looked as if too many players would have taken the easy way out as a pose to when we’re at our best, we take risks and we didn’t do that enough.

“What the players have got to do now is really look within themselves as well because we, as a group and I include myself in this along with the players, collectively (on Saturday) were not good enough.

“What we’ve got is five/six training days ahead of us to get back to basics and the basics of the way that we play and instil some confidence into the players.

“It comes down to that real desire and want of trying to get better for the next game so that’s what we’re going to do. We want to work hard all week with the game on Saturday because that will be another tough game.

“We didn’t deserve to win the game which was disappointing with 10 men. To lose the game in that fashion, I didn’t think we’d lose it, however the result was unacceptable.”


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