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Matt Taylor post Stourbridge

25 July 2023

Interviews

Matt Taylor post Stourbridge

25 July 2023

Matt Taylor spoke to the media following our pre-season friendly at Stourbridge.

An outstanding goal from Elliot Thorpe saw Town take a first-half lead at the War Memorial Ground.

But a Dexter Walters strike saw the non-league side pull level and earn a share of the spoils.

Head coach Matt Taylor made wholesale changes from the team that faced Coventry on Saturday - with the boss eager to get minutes into the legs of all his players ahead of the season kicking off in 11 days time.

And speaking post-match, the boss gave his thoughts on the game.

Assessment on the game:

"I think for us with this fixture it’s about minutes in the legs so from that perspective it’s really pleasing. 

"We’ve not picked up any injuries and I think that the young players tonight gave a really good show and gave everything they’ve got.

"[I'm] slightly disappointing about the result but with it being pre-season it’s just a case of us making sure all of our players are up to speed for the Cheltenham game.  

On the rotation made to the starting 11:

"Tonight we knew it would never be an easy fixture. I’ve lost here in the FA Cup so I know how difficult it can be, I just felt at times tonight we could’ve used the ball better. 

"It’s a completely different fixture to that of Saturday where we have had more possession and more of the ball in the final third, I just thought at times our decision-making could’ve been better.  

"However, it’s pre-season so it's important all of the players come through because, as I’ve said before, we need all of the players ready and raring to go for the Cheltenham game – that’s the most important thing.  

"We’ve got another game on Saturday which I imagine will be a slightly different test but we’ve got to test our players in every shape and form to make sure they’re ready for the first game of the season."

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