Corey Blackett-Taylor Keen to Make the Most of Walsall Starting Spell

Walsall's on-loan Aston Villa winger Corey Blackett-Taylor has spoken ahead of this weekend's League One clash with Doncaster Rovers and admitted that it took him time to find his feet but believes he can now play a leading role in keeping the club in the third tier of English football.
21-year-old, Birmingham-born Blackett-Taylor, who has made six mostly substitute appearances since joining the club during the January Transfer Window, is yet to play in a victorious Saddlers side but believes he is now able to contribute to the team's bid for survival.

The Villa Academy prospect believes that it took him a little while to get up to speed as Under-23s football is not at the same pace as that in League One, with players often playing for their futures rather than seeking fitness in a bid to earn a spot in the first-team.

Corey, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "The whole thing is a new experience for me, getting out of under-23s and playing first-team football. I found it hard at first getting used to things.

"The pace of the game in League One is much quicker than the under-23s. It is also more physical. The games are also much more serious – they mean something. But now the last three games – starting when I came off the bench against Portsmouth and played well – I feel I have found my feet."

Blackett-Taylor, who initially hoped to start all of the 16 games which remained when he arrived at Banks's Stadium, now believes that he will get better and better if he can retain his place in the starting XI, something which is not guaranteed, given the desperate position the club currently finds itself in.

Corey continued; "When I came in there were around 16 games left and my target was to start half of them. It was important I showed something so I was able to start. The first few games weren’t those games.

"But Portsmouth was the game where I finally showed something. I was glad that performance then led to my first start. Now we’ve got seven games left and it would be great if I could play all of them.

"I now want to keep things going. I feel if I can get a string of games under my belt my performances are only going to get better and that will really help the team. That’s what I’m hoping for between now and the end of the season."
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