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Post Notts County | Matt Taylor

1 December 2023

Interviews

Post Notts County | Matt Taylor

1 December 2023

Boss Matt Taylor met with the media after watching his Shrewsbury side clinch a place in the third round of the FA Cup by beating Notts County.

A hat-trick from Ryan Bowman saw Town secure a 3-2 victory at Meadow Lane. 

It means since a disappointing result at Blackpool, Matt's side have beaten Port Vale, drawn at Exeter and toppled Notts County to earn a place in the third round of the world's oldest knockout competition.

Incredibly, those results have been achieved despite 11 first-team players being out injured.

Speaking to the assembled media, Matt discussed the cup win and praised his players for how they have performed over the past six days.

On the result and performance: 

“I think what sums up the evening, what sums up the week we have had, is the players celebrating with the supporters. 

“The supporters have seen just how hard they have worked. 

“The timing of our goals was really good tonight. 

“We scored really early on. The only shot they had in the first half went in which we got wrong. 

“We had a chat about that at half-time. We then demanded a few things from the players and they have gone out and done it. 

“Their effort, their application was fantastic. What they have done again is put their bodies on the line. I’ve got Elliott Bennett playing with eight stitches. 

“You have got to look at where we are. We got beat 4-0 at Blackpool and I questioned the players a lot. 

“I was really unhappy with that performance and result. 

“And in the space of seven days, we have picked up four points in the league and we are now in the third round of the FA Cup with 11 injuries. 

“That’s the reality. I can’t come away from the facts. The facts are we have left 11 first-team players at home in the treatment room today. 

“I thought Taylor Perry would be fit. I thought Jason (Sraha) might get somewhere close but he didn’t. 

“Morgan Feeney has still got a problem with his kidney and then on top of that, we have got the long-term injuries. 

“For Ryan to get his hat-trick is excellent. That should be him now kicking on. 

“I thought in terms of the game, they are an exceptional football team. 

“We knew if we tried to go toe-to-toe and play their way that we would probably not be as good as them so we had to play our way with the players we had available. 

“And I thought to a man they were exceptional out of possession. 

“And then your centre-forward, what do you want him to do when he gets those opportunities? You want him to put it in the back of the net. 

“In those big moments tonight when we had to defend, we were really resolute. 

“And the chances we had, we scored three really good goals. I would argue that we should have scored two or three more with the opportunities we created. 

“But I’m really pleased because 674 Shrewsbury fans have travelled tonight. That is a big number on a Friday night. 

“It is cold. It costs a lot of money to get here. Tickets aren’t cheap. 

“So for them to be able to share that moment with the players I think is what this football club is all about.” 

On Ryan Bowman’s goals:  

“Ryan can do that.  

“He has been the ultimate professional. He is vice-captain of the football club.  

“He has not played as much football lately as he would have liked.  

“So the challenge for him was always going to be when he got the opportunity to get back into the team and get a regular run of games, could he put the ball in the back of the net?  

“Well, you have seen the answer to that question tonight. He took his goals really well.  

“He showed excellent composure in those big moments because Ryan has not started a lot of football recently. I hope that now for him this is an opportunity for him to kick on.  

“I have also got to mention Jack (Loughran), he comes on for his FA Cup debut. 

“He is really tenacious, he has been up with the group and he has been one that has come out of the academy and surprised us a little bit. I’m pleased for him.  

“His family were hopefully here to share that moment with him today.  

“All-in-all it has been an unbelievable seven days for us.  

“We have picked up four points in the league and now we are in the third round of the FA Cup.  

“Doing that with the players we have out injured is a testament to the group of men in that dressing room.” 

On defending well with the score 3-2: 

“They did what they needed to do to get into the third round of the FA Cup.  

“I think there might be a slight bit of underestimating how important that is for us tonight - to get into the third round.  

“I know we are coming to League Two club, I understand that and we are a League One club and we are 12th in League One at the moment.  

“But I feel tonight is a huge momentum shift for the players because they have worked ever so hard in the last two weeks and what they have got is real credibility now both in results and goals.  

“If I am really being picky, I want us to follow clean sheets with clean sheets. 

“But tonight what we have done is win a game of football against probably what I believe will be a League One team next season.”  

On the prize money: 

Yes course it is (significant). And that is why the FA Cup is of such importance to teams like us.  

“It gives you the opportunity now of hopefully drawing one of the big teams, that is what we all want - the players will all want that.  

“They want to test themselves against the best players in the country. 

“But what I do know is that whoever we play they are going to be in for a tough game because I listen to a lot of other people talk about what we are as a team.  

“And the one thing that you would say is that - to a man - each and every player is combative they fight for each other, they look after each other on the pitch. There is a team spirit. 

“There is a bit of a siege mentality for us at the moment because of the situation we are in.  

“The players have a couple of days off now to rest and then we will be back at it next week because football comes thick and fast and we have got Wycombe away.”

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