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Taylor Allen: "We all know in this group that we have got a lot of ability"

24 February 2023

Wing-back Taylor Allen believes that they group know they have the ability to start turning draws into wins ahead of Saturday’s long trip to Hartlepool United.

The Saddlers are unbeaten in five in the league, but all five have been draws and Allen, who came back into the starting 11 for the first time since mid-October on Tuesday night against Crewe is confident that the team can get back to winning ways.

“We all know in this group that we have got a lot of ability,” said Allen.

“For what we want to do as a team and as a club, draws at the moment where we could have picked up three points isn’t really good enough but at the moment we are just missing a little bit in the final third but I feel like it will come.

"We have had new people join the club and everyone is just gelling together and eventually it will come together.

“It was an opportunity for me on Tuesday night. The team have been doing well so I have had to bide my time and wait and be patient and wait for my time to come back in and obviously I got my chance on Tuesday.

“It was a tough one, like the work side of it, all of the running as I haven’t had the match fitness but I felt like I coped with it and I hope to build on it.”

Allen was also extremely complimentary of left-sided centre back Manny Monthe, admitting that having someone like the 6ft 6’ centre half behind him is always reassuring during the game.

“Manny has been absolutely unreal this season,” he continued. “With him behind you, you know you’re kind of safe.

“Obviously you have to do your job first but there is a kind of safety net there knowing that Manny is behind you and he eats up everything really, you have to worry about many things getting past Manny.

“The whole back line talk to the wing backs as much as they can.

“Although we are doing the attacking side of our game, we need to help defensively and I think at the moment the defensive side of the game has been very good in the team.”

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