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Post Burton | Matt Taylor

15 August 2023


Post Burton | Matt Taylor

15 August 2023

Matt Taylor told his Shrewsbury players they have set a benchmark for the rest of the season following a deserved win over Burton.

Tom Bayliss scored after three minutes to put Town on the path to victory with Chey Dunkley - who made his first start of the season - grabbing our second just before the break.

Burton did net a stoppage-time consolation through Mason Bennett.

But Shrewsbury's overall performance ensured they thoroughly deserved all three points - with Matt delighted with the way his team responded following our defeat at Stevenage on Saturday.


"It helps when you score a goal as early as we did.  

"I asked the players for a reaction following the performance on Saturday because we weren’t good enough.   

"I felt we controlled the game much better with the ball today. We were braver when we needed to be.  

"Today was more like us and our performance from the first game of the season.  

"The only disappointing thing was that we conceded a goal at the end because our performance up to then deserved a clean sheet.  

"But make no bones about how important that three points is.  

"I said to the players at half-time we had achieved nothing yet. I spoke to them about understanding they have to do whatever it takes to win and they did that."


"They responded extremely well to what was a disappointing result and a disappointing performance on Saturday. 

"Genuinely, I think this is huge for us as a group, not necessarily me – I think it’s huge for the players to understand how good they can be.   

"We now can’t perform like we did last Saturday when we host Lincoln.  

"We have set the benchmark for home performances.   

"If you had offered me two home wins in our first three league matches of the season I would have bitten your hand off. 

"The squad now need to understand that on every training day and every matchday they have to give their all - and they are doing that.  

"I just hope by performing well and winning games of football we continue to grow. 

"But we have only played three games this season. So while we are extremely pleased, that’s gone tonight. We are on to the next one. 

"It’s relentless – that needs to be the attitude we show as a group of staff and a group of players. 

"But the emotion right now – we are very happy."


“Tom was disappointed he got dragged at half-time at the weekend. 

"His performance wasn’t up to the levels that he can hit, but he responded in the most fantastic way today by scoring. 

"But what I actually liked about his performance today was his work rate and his effort. 

"I distinctively remember a period in the second half where I watched him do a 70-80 yard run while he didn’t have the ball, that needs to be our mindset now as a group. 

"I've always said we need to run and we’re starting to see it now and the players are starting to understand the value of it. 

"I’m really pleased for them that we got the result, I’m exceptionally happy for Tom to get his goal and then the skip does what the skip does, he comes back into the group and scores. 

"It was a really difficult call because we had to leave Tom (Flanagan) out, it was a really tough call because Tom did well but unfortunately that’s football. 

"I think with Chey tonight you saw his dominance in both boxes and he most definitely made a difference."


"I think you saw just how much it matters to him, he’s got a different role within the club this season being the captain – that itself brings responsibility. 

"He’s old enough now to handle that while understanding he must perform to the best of his capabilities too. 

"I’m really pleased for him, I think he’ll be sore tomorrow and then what we need to do when the players come back into training on Thursday is that we prepare for Saturday. 

"We will take all of the positives and negatives out of tonight’s performance into Saturday. 

"We won’t get too high, we won’t get too low because we know that in four days time we’re going to be back here at home in front of our supporters trying to perform for 100+ minutes in a game against a good Lincoln team." 


"I don’t think Marko’s looks are going to (improve), it’s not a positive in terms of his nose – he’s got a big gash on it. 

"But again it shows you how willing our players are to put their bodies on the line. 

"In terms of what his nose looks like I couldn’t tell you, I haven’t spoken to the medical staff yet. 

"One thing I do know though is that he showed massive character to stay on the pitch. 

"He’ll be disappointed, if we’d have helped him out in front a bit better he would have kept a clean sheet. 

"Overall, though, it’s a huge three points for us tonight, let’s not make any mistakes there and what we do now is enjoy tonight. 

"I’ve told the players to enjoy their day off tomorrow with their families, go and see their kids go and see their loved ones. 

"And then report for training on Thursday ready to get back to work."

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