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Post Northampton | Matt Taylor

7 October 2023


Post Northampton | Matt Taylor

7 October 2023

Matt Taylor spoke to the press after watching his Shrewsbury side secure a 1-0 win over Northampton.

A 91st-minute goal from Dan Udoh saw the Croud Meadow erupt and Town grab all three points.

Earlier in the game, Sam Hoskins missed a penalty for the visitors - with the forward smashing his spot-kick against the bar.

Speaking the assembled media, Matt discussed his team's overall performance, Dan's goal and praised Chey Dunkley after the skipper put in a towering performance in the middle of the back three.

On being back to winning ways: 

“I’m really pleased, not necessarily for me – I'm really pleased for the staff, I’m really pleased for the players.

"I'm pleased for everyone at the football club because I see every day how hard everybody works to get a result. 

“We will play better then today. But we have not had any luck – and today we have had some luck. 

“The ball fell for Dan, from our perspective, it was a great finish from their perspective they will be disappointed. 

“Nohan toes the ball to him. And he does what he is paid to do and hopefully it gives him, hopefully it gives the players a bit more confidence. 

“I still think there is huge growth in the group. But at the moment – and I’ve said this to the players – we have suffered a lot for the last four or five weeks. A hell of a lot. 

“And there are always times in football where you go away from a game and you are disappointed. 

“I think the players now need to enjoy that feeling they’ve got in the dressing room. 

“It’s easy for me to stand here and talk to you, I’m not the one that has to go out there and do the hard work. 

“I thought that defensively the boys worked their socks off. We got in some really important blocks. 

“I’m pleased we have got a result. I’m pleased we have got three points. 

“I’d still like us to be more clinical when we get those chances – even today we got flagged offside and we weren’t offside on one-on-ones. 

“But listen, we need to continue playing with that emotion, to continue playing with that pride and the players will do that. 

“I just now really hope confidence starts to build.” 

On the penalty miss: 

“It was a definite penalty – we can’t get away from that. 

“But it came from us giving the ball away and turning it over which isn’t good enough. 

“We knew where their threats were and it came from an area of the pitch we had highlighted. 

“I have played with Sam (Hoskins), I know he is a very good striker of a ball. 

“Marko (Marosi) went the right way and it’s hit the crossbar. But you need that bit of luck in football. 

“We haven’t had much luck I would argue since I’ve been here. That’s not just me – that's the players, that’s everybody. 

“Today’s result is justification for all the hard work the players have put in over the last three months.” 

On making positive substitutions and switching to a 3-4-3 formation: 

“We scored so I’m pleased with that but we had try and take the game to Northampton today. 

“We were at home so we needed to be aggressive, we needed to make sure that we were on the front foot. 

“You turn around and you look on the bench and you see forward players like Ryan Bowman, Kieran Phillips – you have got to get your goal scorers onto the pitch and that is what we did. 

“We made positive changes to try and get a positive outcome.” 

On what the goal will do for the group: 

“Hopefully it will relieve a bit of pressure. When I talk to the players I tell them we need to deal with pressure better – both individually and collectively. 

“The players in those big moments – when they are under pressure – we haven’t made the right contact, the right pass, the right shot at times. We’ve snatched at things. 

“Hopefully, today what three points will do is relieve some pressure going into next weekend because we have got another really tough game coming up. 

“We've lost two players in Nohan (Kenneh) and Max Mata who are on international duty.

“And I’m just hopeful the players who have picked up injuries today (Taylor Perry and Morgan Feeney) that those injuries aren’t too bad.” 

On Taylor Perry and Morgan Feeney’s injuries: 

“They are being assessed at the moment. They will do everything they can those two players. 

“They have played the majority of football since I’ve come in. But I will go back to it’s a three game week. It’s a lot of football for our players to play. 

“We have not got the biggest squad. It now looks as if the squad might be even smaller. 

“But what that does is give an opportunity to other players.  

“Let’s enjoy this result, these three points, then when the players are back in on Monday we will make sure we are working towards what will be a difficult game at Cambridge.” 

On Chey Dunkley’s performance: 

“He was really good. That is the minimum you get from Chey every week. 

“You get a captain’s performance. He drives the players on. 

“I thought Tom Flanagan was very good as was Morgan Feeney when he was on the pitch. 

“And I must make a special mention for Jason (Sraha). It’s been tough for Jason because he’s not been in the squad but he’s been training exceptionally well. 

“He went on today and made his Football League debut for us and I thought he was excellent. He defended really well. 

“Jason might get an opportunity now – we don’t know. But one thing I do know is he is ready. 

“Carl Winchester has hurt his hand. There are some bumps and bruises but you are always going to get that when you leave everything on the pitch. 

“And that’s what the players have done. That’s what they have done every game for me – they have left everything on the pitch. 

“Today we got that bit of luck and got the three points which makes my journey home a hell of a lot nicer.” 

On always thanking the fans at the end win, lose or draw: 

“It’s important that you acknowledge the supporters win, lose or draw because without them there is no football club. 

“I don’t have a job, you guys (the media) don’t have a job – that's why we are here, because of the supporters of the football club. 

“I’m really pleased for them. I am pleased for the chairman, I’m pleased for Micky (director of football Micky Moore), I’m pleased with everyone connected with the club because we are all working so hard. 

“Today we got our rewards. We have had our fair share of bad luck recently so we were due some luck at some point.”

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