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Taylor Allen speaks to Saddlers Shout

19 September 2023

Club News

Taylor Allen speaks to Saddlers Shout

19 September 2023

The latest edition of Saddlers Shout will be available at Saturday's match against AFC Wimbledon.

Supporters can pick up a copy around the ground, at the Club Shop or at the Ticket Office on matchday.

Taylor Allen sat down for an exclusive interview in Saddlers Shout where he discussed his new left centre-back role and his thoughts on the season so far. 

Here is a snippet of our chat with the 23-year-old.

Taylor, thanks for joining us. The team will be looking to bounce back against AFC Wimbledon after last weekend’s setback at Swindon. How do you reflect on that game?

“We were against a good side in Swindon who are in good form. It’s a tough place to go but we went there with good confidence. It wasn’t meant to be on the day but in the previous three games, we’ve got to grips with each other, we know what we expect from each other and I think it’s been showing in the games.”

The team did pick up their first away win since January against Salford. Did that feel like a weight was lifted off your shoulders?

“We all knew about it but our main focus was taking each game as it comes. We know that Salford was a tough game, we went there and delivered the game plan of what we wanted to do. Saturday wasn’t meant to be against Swindon but we’re still in a good place, we know what we’ve got inside the building and we know that we’ve got enough to put a few wins together and go on a little run.”

The squad have dealt with setbacks well this season, responding to disappointing results and the great turnaround against Salford. What’s been the key to that?

“With everything we do, whether we lose, draw or even win, we’re always learning. We’re always finding ways of getting better and everyone in this group wants to learn and wants to get better. The group we’ve got in the changing room is very good, the staff have been very good with us and it’s all about learning and no matter what we do, win, lose or draw, we’re just trying to get better each day.”

Learning is something you’ve particularly had to do in your new found role at left centre-back as well. Talk us through how you found yourself in that new position?

“Just through pre-season. In pre-season you have a chance to try things, try different positions and see if you can fit in different places and left centre-back was a position that I tired in the games. Doing well there in pre-season showed the gaffer that I can play in that position and from there it’s been a case of learning, watching the clips of what I need to do differently in the role, speaking to people who have played that position and we’ve got a lot of people here who are experienced at defending. We’ve got the skipper; we had Chris Hussey here at the time so you’ve got people you can learn off so that was the main thing for me.”

How have you found playing there so far?

“It’s different to what I’ve been playing from the start of my career, I started further forward and I’ve come down the pitch as I’ve got older. It’s about being trustworthy in the positions that you’re put in and knowing each role. I watch a lot of football; I do a lot of coaching so I think my path is about learning about football and playing different positions is only going to help me as a person and as a player.”


There's plenty more to come from this interview with Taylor so be sure to pick up a copy of Saddlers Shout at Saturday's match for just £4!

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