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Pre Charlton | Matt Taylor

28 September 2023


Pre Charlton | Matt Taylor

28 September 2023

Boss Matt Taylor spoke to the media ahead of our League One clash with Charlton.

Town host Michael Appleton's side on Saturday looking to return to winning ways in League One.

Last weekend, Salop missed a number of clear goalscoring opportunities as we fell to defeat at Leyton Orient.

Speaking to the assembled media, Matt talked about how he and the coaching staff are working to make sure we become more ruthless in the final third.

And the boss also congratulated Max Mata and Nohan Kenneh on receiving international call-ups for New Zealand and Liberia respectively.

On training this week: 

“Training has been tough, training has been enjoyable. The players have given their full commitment to the physical side and to the information we have given them. 

“It’s been a good, strong, training week. But I’ve stood here many a time with you and spoken about training and the importance of it. 

“We continue to trust in the process. Now it’s about going and delivering a performance.” 

On Leyton Orient: 

“Football is a game of ‘what ifs.’ What if we had made that decision? What if we had passed the ball there? What if we had run there? 

“I think, for us, by Monday the emotion is gone. And then it’s dealing with the facts and what we have seen. 

‘It’s about making sure the players – when they get in those positions again – make better decisions in both penalty boxes. 

“I speak to you guys after the game when the emotion is still quite raw. 

“But I sat down on Sunday and watched the game, and when you speak to the coaching staff and the medical staff – by the time we report on Monday we already know what we are going after. 

“We are so close. But we can’t keep talking about that – it's time to deliver." 

On Max Mata and Dan Udoh putting in a positive display at Leyton Orient: 

“I think we are fortunate in that we’ve got Max and Dan and we’ve got Kieran (Phillips) and Ryan (Bowman). 

“We are fortunate we are in the position we are in – with four fit, good, League One strikers. 

“Now when those opportunities arise, the players that are on the pitch – they need to take them. 

“I thought Max was very dominant in the air, I thought he tried to link. I thought the opportunities he had were good chances for him. 

“Now the next layer, for all of the players not just the strikers, is to grab those big moments in games by the neck and put the ball away. 

“One thing I do know is it’s not for a lack of effort. All the lads are giving everything. 

“They’ve spent a lot of time today hitting the back of the net. Repetition is important.  

“But we are also talking about some experienced players here who have done it throughout their career. 

“I don’t have any concerns that come Saturday – whoever is selected in the team – when those moments come they will take them. 

“That is the reason there is a build-up of pressure at the moment – because we haven’t taken the chances we have created. 

“One thing I will say, though, if we were coming off a performance where we were good out of possession but created nothing, I’d be concerned. 

“I’m not overly concerned. It’s now about fine-tuning, putting the gloss on, which I’m sure we will do on Saturday when we get those chances.” 

On Max Mata being called up to New Zealand: 

“I’m pleased for Max, obviously we will be disappointed to lose him. But we understood we were signing an international player when he came in. 

“I’m pleased for him. It was confirmed during the week. And what we will do now is make sure we support him during that process. 

“But first and foremost he is a Shrewsbury Town player. I think Nohan (Kenneh) has been called up again, so we are fortunate to have two international players.  

“I’m really, really, happy for both of them. But now when they get a chance in a Shrewsbury Town shirt they have got to prove their respective countries were correct to select them.” 

On Charlton: 

“It’s always difficult when a new manager goes in. Michael (Appleton) has gone in there – he's an extremely experienced manager for the level and above. 

“It will be a tough game for us in terms of out of possession. They are very fluid. They have got some exceptional forward options in their squad. 

“I’m expecting a tough game but what I do know is we haven’t played a game this season where I’ve come away thinking we’ve been outclassed or outworked. 

“We just haven’t taken the opportunities we have created. 

“It’s going to be a difficult game but one thing I am sure of is Michael will be expecting exactly the same. 

“Our players are in a good spot at the moment – albeit we haven’t scored enough goals. That's the thing that needs to change. 

“The performance last Saturday we really good. It’s just now that killer instinct. 

“Charlton will push us. They have got players at the top of the pitch who can hurt you if given time and space. 

“Our job is to make sure we don’t do that. That we are compact and resolute out of possession. 

“And then when we get into those key areas of the pitch that we capitalise.” 

On availability: 

“We think we might have picked up an injury today but we are not sure at the moment. 

“I haven’t had a chance to sit down with the medical staff yet. We may have picked up an injury today. 

“But other than that all the players are in good spirits, they have all trained all week. Now it’s just down to me to select a team that I believe is capable of winning a game of football.” 

On injured trio Elliot Thorpe, Jordan Shipley and George Nurse: 

“They are good. They are getting bigger in the gym. 

“They are spending a lot of time in there doing weights. 

“They will see their progress as being slow, but we are seeing marked improvements in their rehabilitation on a daily basis. 

“What we are doing is we are taking baby steps with all three of them. 

“I am not sure. If you are asking me for specific dates as to when they will be back fit, it would be very difficult for me to give you that information. 

“The one thing that I do know is that all three players are making the right steps to recovery.” 


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