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Post Charlton | Matt Taylor

30 September 2023

Interviews

Post Charlton | Matt Taylor

30 September 2023

Boss Matt Taylor spoke to the media after watching his Shrewsbury side put in an impressive display against Charlton at the Croud Meadow.

Town delivered 30 crosses - and had 15 shots - in a game that saw Morgan Feeney, Tom Flanagan, Max Mata and Kieran Phillips all have excellent chances to score.

Carl Winchester also almost won it with an outstanding effort from inside his own half - but goalkeeper Harry Isted was in top form for the visitors with his performance earning them a point in the goalless draw.

Speaking post-match, Matt expressed his frustration that his team failed to take one of the numerous clear-cut chances they created.

But he was also full of praise for his players who put in a performance that saw them leave everything out on the field

On the performance:  

“The players have given me, they have given the fans and they have given each other everything today. 

“I thought physically we were excellent. In the first half, they couldn’t live with us. 

“Why? Because the players ran, they harried they chased and they made good decisions and we got into some unbelievable positions on the pitch. 

“We have had 30 crosses, 15 shots, and missed some glorious chances. 

“The defenders have done their job. The goalkeeper, when Marko (Marosi) was called upon, he did his job. 

“I just feel today regardless of the result our performance was really good.   

 “We are all disappointed that we didn’t get three points but leading up to this we had lost the last three games. 

“I have never shied away from what the facts are and I never will so today we have to use this as a springboard going into Tuesday night at Oxford. 

“If we play like that and if the players reproduce that whoever plays in the team then we are going to pick up positive results in this league. That’s a fact. 

“There won’t be many teams that want to come up against that power, that acceleration. 

“But now - and we keep saying it - we have to put the gloss on the performance. 

“The only thing I can say to you is that while I’m really pleased with the overall performance, I’m disappointed we didn’t take the chances. 

“They weren’t half-chances. They were really good opportunities to score.  

“But I think – and I hope the fans coming away from here today – will have seen a team give everything for their club and the badge. 

“All you can ask is that. Now we must make sure we get the next layer right and we start taking chances. 

 “I can’t keep coming and talking to you after every game saying we have missed chance after chance. Something has got to drop. 

 “We are so close, in my opinion, to picking up positive results. And not just scoring one goal, we are close to scoring two, three or four. At half-time we should be out of sight. 

“But that’s the way it’s going at the moment. What I am pleased about, and what I’m exceptionally proud about, is that the players today dug in and put in a really resolute performance. 

“I thought we looked really strong physically today. That's a positive.” 

On the performance of goalkeeper Harry Isted who made a host of saves including a last-minute one from Kieran Phillips: 

“Kieran has not had a huge amount of football but I expect Kieran to score that. I expect him to score. 

“That was almost his perfect opportunity. It was an unbelievable pass from Carl Winchester. A great run. And I would expect Kieran to put that in the back of the net. 

“If you ask Kieran, if he was stood here, he expected himself to score. 

“What you can’t do though is feel sorry for yourself. The players won’t feel sorry for themselves because that was a really positive performance today. 

“I’m pleased with that expect. I’m exceptionally pleased we have got a point on the board. 

“And now, whichever team is picked on Tuesday, we have to replicate that. That’s got to me the minimum requirement now. 

“I think we are a good team. We just need to get a little bit of luck and we’ll be fine.” 

On Carl Winchester and Brandon Fleming coming into the side at wing-back: 

“I thought both of them were really good. 

“It’s always difficult when you make changes. Elliott Bennett was a tough one because he has played a lot of football. Mal Benning has played a lot of football. 

“But unfortunately in this job, you are paid to make decisions and I thought both of them performed really well today – especially in the first half. 

“Brandon was up against (Miles) Leaburn who is 6ft5 and he was winning headers. It was brilliant to see. 

 “If I’m challenging Brandon specifically now it’s about the delivery into the box. It’s about making sure he makes the right decisions. 

“But there isn’t one player I can question when it comes to effort, desire. So I’m really pleased stood here. 

“I know we haven’t won the game but there is a hell of a lot to be positive about right now.” 

On defending well when Charlton had a spell of pressure: 

“It’s always going to be the way. Against a good team – and Charlton are a good team – you are always going to have a period in the game where they are in the ascendancy. 

“For 15/20 minutes the boys weathered the storm well. We defended our goal well. Marko made a couple of good saves. I wouldn’t say they were wonderful saves - I'd expect him to make them. 

“But what I will say – the takeaway from this – is that we have to replicate this performance week-in, week-out. 

 “Every week we need that in terms of effort and then I’m questioning the players and I’m asking them to take responsibility so the next time we do get an opportunity – whoever it falls to – that they put it in the back of the net.  

"That’s the game we are in. That is what they are paid to do. That’s not negating any responsibility on my behalf or any of the coaching team whatsoever. 

“What it is, is that we can’t keep creating chances like that and keep playing like that and missing them.” 

On not scoring in September: 

“There won’t be a goal of the month for September. But what we have to do as a group of staff – and the players – is not come away from the process. 

“You can’t all of a sudden go and change something because it is not working. We are a new group of staff and a new group of players. 

“We will get it right. I have no doubt about that whatsoever if we continue doing what we’re doing. 

“There isn’t a magic wand. It comes down to practice and the players understanding that in those moments they need to feel confident. 

“When one goes in everything will change, the tide will change. What we have done today is we have changed the narrative. 

“The fans hopefully saw the players left nothing out there on the pitch. They have done their job today and I was pleased with the reaction of the supporters. 

“I understand just how frustrated they are they have been watching us because they know how good the players are and so do I. 

“And I think for the players it’s now about building more belief, having more belief in each other and in themselves. 

“But what I will say is it’s a real positive they are disappointed because we haven’t won a game of football against a really good League One team.”

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