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Post Lincoln | Matt Taylor

19 August 2023

Interviews

Post Lincoln | Matt Taylor

19 August 2023

Matt Taylor met with the press following today's game against Lincoln City.

Salop fell to a hugely frustrating 1-0 defeat at the Croud Meadow - with Matt's team dominating large parts of proceedings, including a very impressive first half.

Ethan Hamilton netted the game's only goal as Town struggled to turn their superiority into goals.

Speaking post-match, the boss discussed the game, Town's missed chances and spoke at length about the transfer window.

ON THE GAME:

“It's very frustrating - a disappointing result. I thought our first-half performance was good, but we weren’t ruthless enough. 

“When you’re on top in this league - as in any league really - you’ve got to score. We missed too many good chances and we made the wrong decision too often in their box.

“When you do that and you don’t score when momentum is with you - you always risk this type of result.

"Speaking to the players at half-time, I wanted to win that half out of possession and we didn’t do that. 

“It was disappointing. When you play against teams of Lincoln’s quality and you look at the 1-0 wins that they got away from home last season – we always knew whoever got the first goal would win.  

“To go in at half-time 0-0 with the chances we created, how comfortable we were in possession, I was really disappointed so ultimately, we’ve not taken our chances today and that’s cost us. 

“I haven’t seen the goal back yet, what we’ll do is watch it back removing the emotion as best we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.  

“As I stand here now I’m really disappointed because the least we should’ve got today was a point.

"For me looking at it, that is definitely a point dropped. I felt we were in the ascendency in the first half, but we just didn’t have that cutting edge in front of goal today.”   

ON TAKING POSITIVES FROM THE IMPRESSIVE FIRST HALF:

“Maybe once I’ve had the opportunity to watch it back without the emotion then I might feel like that.

"But we can’t be so dominant in games and not score. We can’t create the chances we’ve created today, one-on-ones and make the wrong decision. That’s ultimately what’s cost us. 

“We understand you're going to concede goals in football. Of course we’d love to keep 46 clean sheets but we’re aware that’s not going to happen. 

"So, if that’s not going not happen, we need to make sure when we do have those big chances and big moments - when we are in the ascendency - we have to take them.

"That’s what’s cost us today and that’s why I’m very, very, annoyed at the moment, to be honest.” 

ON THE SECOND HALF PERFORMANCE: 

“I felt we were comfortable without causing the opposition as many problems as we did in the first half. 

“One thing I will say is the weather and the wind had something to do with that. 

“It was blustery. You saw both keepers – against the wind – kicking the ball out of play. It was really difficult. 

“But in those situations I expect us to be braver. Lincoln sat off us and allowed us to play in the first half and the second half was completely different. 

“We have got to feel that, we have got to sense that and ultimately we have got to be better in the big moments in the game and respect the point. 

“I think the players did, but there was just that one moment they got from a second phase set-play that we don’t deal with. 

“That has ultimately cost us a point and the opposition goes away with all three. 

“It was a tough one to take today because I felt we were worthy of at least a point.” 

ON TUMMSIE SOBOWALE AND HARVEY WATTS MAKING THEIR LEAGUE DEBUTS: 

“You have got to (try something a bit different). 

“We are acutely aware of where we are at the moment and I expect that having a free week gives us the opportunity to try and bolster the squad. 

“You can see today we need it. A lot of the players out there have played a lot of the minutes. 

“When I look at Lincoln’s squad and the opportunities and chances their manager has to make with substitutes. 

“But that is not an excuse. I felt we created enough with the players we had on the pitch today.  

“We just didn’t have that cutting edge which ultimately separates the teams at the top of the league and the teams that are in and around the middle. 

“We have got a week now to work hard with the players. That is what we are going to do. 

“We have got to use the training days we have to the best of our ability to make sure that we get the right and correct amount of work into the players – technically, tactically and physically. 

“The process next week doesn’t change and we look forward to Fleetwood.” 

ON MAX MATA: 

“We were really disappointed that Max wasn’t able to affect the squad today. 

“I think if he didn’t have that calf injury you would have seen him today. 

“He would have given us a different dimension, a different element. 

“But I’m not going to sit here and complain about that. It is what it is. But what we need to do now is use the next seven days to get Max in a position where he is available to compete for a place in the squad. 

“He is ready, he is hungry, he’s had over two weeks now of hard training. And I think you will see a very hungry Max Mata when he gets onto the pitch. 

“That’s not in any way, shape, or form the reason why we lost the game today. I’m not looking for excuses – we will own it as a group, I'll own it as the coach.  

“I just felt today we were worthy of a point but ended up with absolutely nothing.” 

ON POTENTIALLY ADDING TO THE SQUAD BEFORE FLEETWOOD: 

“We hope so. We have been speaking to two players we want in the building. 

“Are we closer, I’d like to think so. But again, it’s Micky’s (director of football Micky Moore) department. I think he is really strong at that. 

“He’ll continue to work hard. We all will. 

“But we need to focus on the players we have got in the building at the moment. So let’s focus on them, let’s make them better and then the additions we make – again – will be the right type of person first and foremost. 

“I’ve said all along, at the end of the window the squad will look different to that which it is today. I’m still confident it will do – it just takes time. 

“I know speaking to a lot of other managers and coaches that they are in similar situations. 

“We are not the anomaly. But we need to make sure we concentrate on the players that are in the building and as and when we add to the squad that they are the right ones.” 

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