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Post Fleetwood | Matt Taylor

26 August 2023

Boss Matt Taylor spoke to the media following our win at Fleetwood.

A brilliant goal from Dan Udoh won it for Salop - with the striker running the best part of 50 yards with the ball before calmly finding the bottom corner.

That goal was Dan's first since recovering from the anterior cruciate knee ligament injury which kept him out for the majority of last season.

Town's win was made more comfortable after Fleetwood were reduced to nine men.
 
Just minutes after Udoh's goal, goalkeeper Jay Lynch was dismissed for taking out Ryan Bowman and denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

Then in added-on time at the end of the 90, Josh Earl was dismissed for a stamp on Elliott Bennett.

Speaking to the assembled media, Matt discussed the game as well as Dan's goal. And he also gave an update on Jordan Shipley who was forced off in the first half with a worrying looking knee injury.

On the win: 

"I think they (the players) did everything, to a man, that you would expect away from home.

"I think it’s so vitally important that we focus on Dan and the fact that he had that chance and the fact that he scores in front of our fans.

"For him to be able to celebrate and for him to be able to enjoy that moment was great.  

"During the short time I’ve been here, I've seen how hard he’s worked so I’m really, really, pleased for him.

"He is an infectious character in the squad so I’m extremely happy that he’s got his first - of hopefully many goals - this season. 

"Today we rode our luck at times. But what the players did was show courage and determination to apply themselves in the right way to win a game of football.  

"We were extremely disappointed last week against Lincoln, where I felt the performance was better, but the result wasn’t the one we wanted.

"So this week what the players did was find a way to win the game. 

"Are there are areas I hope we’re better in next week? Of course there are. But three points is huge for us today.  

"It takes us into another week with the players on the training ground and another extremely difficult away game at Carlisle.  

"I want the players to understand that their hard work, their determination, their desire has got them the result today.  

"But in saying that, it’s a massive three points for the football club."  

On Dan’s goal: 

"It was really good, he was composed.

"I think when you get into those positions, especially as a striker, when you’ve got the opportunity for a 1v1 from the halfway line - I was really pleased he showed that composure.  

"I’ll say it again, I was really pleased it came in front of our fans - that is a moment he should saviour because he has been and he will be instrumental for the football club as we move forwards because he is an exceptionally gifted footballer.

"Our their areas where we can develop his game? Yes there are.

"But I hope that Dan enjoys that moment at home with his family this evening and that he’s ready to report back on Monday with the rest of the players for another tough training week.  

"We’ve got to make sure we stay on top of them so that the players that aren’t in the team will get the work they need to be ready. 

On Jordan Shipley's injury: 

“We don’t know what the situation is with Jordan. We won’t know that until he has had a scan. 

“But, as ever, I will keep you informed on any information we have. He is leaving on crutches. 

“After every game, no matter the result, things are quite hectic so we’ll have a chat.  

“We will find out as soon possible what is wrong with him because, as I say, we are hopeful it is nothing too serious.” 

On the red cards:

“The first one, I think the referee has no choice but to send him (Jay Lynch) off. 

“The second one (Josh Earl) I didn’t see it. I was disappointed we had turned the ball over to be honest. 

“I had turned away but then the linesman has flagged. Apparently he has stepped on Elliott. 

“Football is all about decisions and decision making, with and without the ball.

"And today we weren’t at the level I expect us to be at. 

“However, I am saying that after we won three points. 

“It’s just a crazy, emotional game, this sport. And we have to go again in seven days time.” 

On Chey Dunkley's performance:

“He did his job today. I think what you see in Chey is a man who is fully committed to leading the football club on the pitch. 

“That is what he is going to have to do for the rest of the season. 

“There were some important headers from him. There were some important blocks from other people. 

“I think he is starting to understand the importance to us and that our identity shines through. 

“He is the leader on the pitch and what you saw today was a performance from him that epitomises everything about him and why he is captain of the football club. 

“He made some wonderful blocks and some wonderful headers today but again that is what he gets paid to do.” 

On the transfer window closing on Friday: 

“I spoke to the press on Thursday and told you the truth – and the truth is if there is something that Micky (Moore), I, Marcus (Bignot) and Sean (Parrish) feel will could benefit us then of course we will look at that. 

“The chairman has said there are funds available. I thank him for that, greatly.  

“But I think now what we need to do is assess Jordan (Shipley) because the picture and the landscape might change. We will have to wait to and see. 

“If you’re asking if it’s a yes or a no (whether they’ll be more additions), I’ll have to be completely diplomatic and say I have no idea at the moment. 

“There will be conversations tonight, tomorrow and next week – but I think it’s important if we do sign someone that they affect the starting XI.” 

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