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James-Taylor hoping to embark on scoring run

29 November 2022

Walsall forward Douglas James-Taylor hopes to go on a goalscoring run following his dramatic winner in Saturday's FA Cup second round tie against Carlisle United.

The 21-year-old netted in stoppage time at the Poundland Bescot Stadium after fellow substitute Andy Williams had made it 1-1 in the 88th minute.

James-Taylor recalled watching late FA Cup winners and the excitement they give to supporters.

“When you watch FA Cup highlights, you see the last-minute goals go in and think, ‘that’s some atmosphere,’” he said.

“Hopefully we gave that to the fans [on Saturday]. It felt like, being in it, that everyone was bouncing.”

It was also James-Taylor's first professional goal on Saturday, and the Stoke City loanee hopes to find some consistency.

“It was long overdue but I’m happy with the goal,” he stated.

“Hopefully this will spark a little run to go on.”

The youngster believes it is crucial to be mentally strong when you are not playing as he looks to earn more starts for Michael Flynn’s team.

“The big thing for me is getting the mental side right in times of adversity when I’m out of the team, when I’m not scoring – keeping going, not overthinking things,” he explained.

“I like to think about things. But in football it’s so quick, you have to take your opportunity when you get it, and [against Carlisle] I did.”

Isaac Hutchinson assisted the winner, with James-Taylor believing conversations between the pair paid off.

“He’s put it on a plate for me,” he said.

“We’ve been speaking to each about the slide balls, and [on Saturday] it came off. Couldn’t have done it at a better end as well – all the fans were jumping.”

Walsall will look to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2016 when they travel to either Charlton Athletic or Stockport County in January.

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