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Post Carlisle | Matt Taylor

2 September 2023


Post Carlisle | Matt Taylor

2 September 2023

Matt Taylor met with the press following today's game against Carlisle United.

Salop suffered a 2-0 defeat on the road as an unfortunate Tom Bayliss own goal and Joe Garner's last-minute strike secured all three points for the Cumbrians.

Town had their chances with Mal Benning, Max Mata and Dan Udoh going close but they couldn't find the required finish.

In what was an honest reflection of the match, the boss said he was disappointed with the performance and that Salop needed to be better on set pieces.


"I think that's being polite. We lost a game of set plays today so I think I should be standing here now saying we're pleased with a 0-0 draw because we didn't create a huge amount and I'm disappointed to concede a goal in the way that we did.

"I think it's an own goal, I've just had a look back at it there, so that's obviously really disappointing.

"I felt there wasn't a huge amount in the game for either team to be perfectly frank with you, but they've got the three points.

"It's difficult when you're chasing the game and you want to get back in it. Then, ultimately, we've conceded in the 96th minute when we're trying to get ourselves a goal.

"I'm disappointed in the level of performance and I suppose the bravery we had on the ball because it probably wasn't as good as it has been.

"But we have to understand that we, as are a lot of teams in the league, are a new group.

"That's not an excuse. Today, I just felt that the levels we asked the players to get to with and without the ball, we didn't do that well enough.

"We concede the goal that loses us the game and we almost defeat ourselves because we don't do our jobs adequately and, at this level and at every level, set pieces are massively important."


"I think any goal you concede is a concern.

"We've worked really hard with the players on it (set pieces). I think what you're asking now is you're asking players to make decisions on the pitch because they all know their jobs and their roles and responsibilities.

"We'll look at ourselves as we always do. Firstly as a group of staff. And we'll make sure that we speak to the players about it.

"But I think in terms of this league, this league is a really big league in terms of set plays and the outcomes they have on games so we most definitely need to be better."


"They never give up and they give everything they've got.

"We tried to make some changes to be positive at the top of the pitch. I thought Max (Mata) probably should've scored - it was a really good ball from Elliott Bennett.

"But as I stand here now I'm really disappointed that we lost the game because I just feel we didn't silence the crowd, we allowed them to build momentum and we knew that would be the case.

"I'm really, really, disappointed that we've got nothing today because it's a game where we felt we could get something."


"Some of the players that came off the bench still aren't ready to play 90 minutes so we're still playing catch-up with that.

"What we have got is a game on Tuesday night that allows us to make some changes. What that looks like at the moment I'm not sure but the team will look different from that of today.

"Now it's a case of using the time that we have between now and Bristol Rovers to make sure that when we play Bristol Rovers when we have opportunities to cross, we cross. When we have opportunities to shoot or to bounce that we make better decisions as a group."


"It's been busy. It's been hectic and frantic but that's the nature of the transfer window.

"A lot of the coaches and managers that I speak to don't understand why it doesn't close before the season starts but that's always the way it's been.

"Am I pleased with the business we've done? Yes. Are the players that we've bought in still playing catch up and do I expect them to have a real impact on the team between now and Christmas? Yeah, I do.

"We're in a positive position at the moment where if you look at the squad we've got three 'proper' injuries if you like, one being an ACL (George Nurse), one being an MCL (Jordan Shipley) and the other being a back problem (Elliot Thorpe).

"Our job is to push the players and make sure that come Bristol Rovers, that we perform better than we did today."


"At that point in the game, we were trying to put some pressure on them and put some crosses into the box.
"Brandon does not turn down crossing opportunities. So it was an opportunity for him to get on and for him to be positive.
"We brought on Tunmise on the other side as well. But today I think when you don't stress teams when you get into the final third, and maybe the decisions that we made were not correct - then you let the opposition off.
"I just felt that today we were not ruthless enough in the final third, whether that be with shots or crosses."
"Travis has got an unbelievable opportunity.
"But I think what you would have seen if Travis was still here is that he was a player that we valued highly and he would have played minutes.
"When one of the big boys comes calling, especially when they are a Champions League team now as they are, it is always going to be difficult to keep players.
"I am really pleased for him, I think that Travis is extremely humble, he is very polite and very respectful and we wish him nothing but the best of luck.
"Would he have featured today if he was still here? Yes, and he is 17 so I think that tells you about what we think about him.
"Hopefully, he goes to Newcastle and he puts on the best show of himself on a daily basis and gets himself into a position where he can get close to their first team as soon as possible.
"It is a wonderful opportunity for him and I hope he does really well."


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