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Post Peterborough | Matt Taylor

23 December 2023

Interviews

Post Peterborough | Matt Taylor

23 December 2023

The boss met with the press following today's game with Peterborough United.

After an even first half, Jordan Shipley gave Salop the lead after his cross flew over Posh 'keeper Nicholas Bilokapic and into the top corner around the hour mark.

However, Peterborough leveled the game shortly after through Ricky-Jade Jones before Hector Kyprianou scrambled home to give the visitors the lead.

Chey Dunkley struck the crossbar in added time at the end of the game but from that point, Posh saw out the match to claimng all three points.

Matt said he felt his side deserved something from today's game and that it hurt to lose for the first time from a winning position this season, especially considering the quality of the goals Town conceded.

ON THE GAME:

"It hurts today that one because it's the first time this season that we've taken the lead and lost a game of football. 

"It's tough to stand here now and take that. 

"But when you contextualise everything and remove the emotion, they're a really good team.

"We're obviously in a period where we've had two really difficult home games.

"I'd have loved to have finished this calendar year and our last home game with a positive result, whether that be a win or a draw against a side that's obviously going to be there (at the top end of the table) by the end of the season.

"For me looking at it now, the players have gone toe-to-toe with an opposition that will probably at least be in the play-offs this season - you see the attacking threat they have.

"But the goals that we've conceded are nowhere near good enough.

"We work and we talk about everything on the training pitch and at the training ground and today, especially with the second goal to come from a set play, it's something that we spoke about as a group and something we highlighted as a group of staff, to concede that goal in the way that we did is nowhere near good enough.

"But in saying that, we still had a wonderful chance with the last two minutes in the game with a set play to get back into the game and to get ourselves a point.

"It stings right now because I felt, especially when we scored that goal, that we would go on.

"Yes, good teams are always going to get good chances against you, you understand that and you expect that, especially when they have the attacking firepower that Peterborough have.

"But you just saw that again today the injuries have probably not helped us again.

"Aaron Pierre has gone off, he's got a slight knick in his hamstring, and then it's very difficult to try and change the way in which the game ebbs and flows because obviously, our players that we would look at to do that aren't fit.

"So look, it's a bitter pill to swallow, but the one thing that we can't do going into a very busy period of fixtures now is let it hurt tonight.

"The players have got to report for training at 9am in the morning, and we go again and build towards Cheltenham. It's a quick turnaround at Christmas. 

"We won't get many days on the grass training with the players so it'll be a lot of information for them to take in because obviously now we're at a point where we've played everybody in the league. 
 
"I felt we should've most definitely got something out of today and I felt the players could've done better and held on in those big moments.
 
"What I've got to mention again before I stop talking is that the fans were immense today, even when their goals went in our fans were brilliant. 
 
"It's easy when you walk around like I do and the players do after a win because everyone's buoyant, but every fan applauded the players today.
 
"But in saying that, in those big moments today we weren't good enough."
 
Click the video above to watch Matt's full, post-match, press conference. 

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