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Matt Taylor pre Peterborough

21 December 2023

Interviews

Matt Taylor pre Peterborough

21 December 2023

The boss previewed this weekend's fixture at home against Peterborough United.

We welcome second-place Peterborough United to the Croud Meadow for our final home game of 2023.

Having had a successful season on home turf so far, Town fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Portsmouth last weekend, meaning Saturday's test is the opportunity to return to our positive home form.

As we enter a busy festive period, Matt discussed the lads' Christmas schedule and said he doesn't expect any of our 10 injured senior players to return to the matchday squad.

The boss also spoke about Saturday's visitors and praised the Salop supporters for their constant backing.

ON PETERBOROUGH:

"We know it's going to be a really difficult game. They're a team that has real attacking intent and a real attacking threat.

"They can score goals from all over the front of their pitch.

"They've got a really experienced manager who has a real affinity with that football club, knows it inside out.

"They're a really good team at this level.

"Are there areas in which we feel we can cause them issues? Yes, there are.

"Have we looked at them and worked on them? Yeah, but we also have to be really respectful of the opposition coming here and the strengths they possess because we know that we will get opportunities in the game.

"The one thing we have to do better than we did on Saturday is take those moments when they come. We got those moments against Portsmouth, it was just that we didn't take them.

"The timing of that goal hurt us being so close to half-time, but I've said it before and I'll say it again, these types of games against the teams at the top of the league are a wonderful opportunity for our players to pit themselves against some of the best players in the league.

"Peterborough are having a really strong part of the season right now and look, it will be a difficult game for us.

"But what we will do is we will be as aggressive as we possibly can, first off with our team selection and then secondly when we get on the pitch because our home form, regardless of the result at the weekend, has been excellent.

"Therefore we've just got to challenge the players to go and replicate that."

ON THE HOME SUPPORT:

"The fans have been brilliant. Regardless of the outcome at the weekend, the fans never stopped singing.

"I've spoken about it before but it's so vital for the players.

"When we've had positive results this season the players have shared those really good times with the supporters.

"We didn't have a great time on Saturday, but the supporters stuck with the players.

"I just think it's paramount because they've seen just how hard the players are working and understand the situation we're in in terms of the fact we do have injuries and therefore we are having to put players out week in, week out. 

"Coming up to this really busy period we're going to need to do that more. I know how expensive it is to travel, I know (there are) family commitments for us all, but one thing I do know is that our supporters are going to be huge for us, especially over this festive period."

Watch the full video interview above.

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