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Matthew Taylor 'Extremely Happy' as Walsall Defeat Brighton's Under-21s

Matthew Taylor spoke to the press following the Saddlers' EFL Trophy - Southern Group D clash with Brighton & Hove Albion U21s.
After seeing his team defeat Brighton's Under-21s by a goal-to-nil, Taylor admitted he was 'extremely happy' to open the competition with a win, before going on to praise his squad.

Securing the win via on-loan Huddersfield forward Kieran Phillips' 44th-minute goal, the Saddlers were able to deny their energetic opponents, stretching their unbeaten run to four games in all competitions.

Drawn into Southern Group D of the somewhat tainted Trophy, the Saddlers and Seagulls second string are joined by Forest Green Rovers and Northampton Town, with the Reds now sitting atop the group as the Cobblers could only earn a bonus point win against Forest Green.

Speaking to the assembled media, Matthew said; "I'm extremely happy. We'll play better and lose. There's lots of ways to win football matches.
 
"We should have scored more goals, but I feel there's a shift at the moment at this club. There's a shift in the dressing room with the players' confidence.
 
"I'm really excited to see where they can take that with each other. So, we have momentum going into Saturday against Newport."

After withstanding plenty of early Seagulls pressure, and being helped by veteran midfielder Gary Dicker's second-half red card, the Saddlers closed out the game to take maximum points.

Despite the win, Taylor admitted his side gave their opponents a little too much respect, before welcoming the team's unbeaten run, which they will look to extend against Newport County next weekend.

Matthew continued; "We paid them far too much respect early on. They're exceptionally gifted footballers and move the ball so well.
 
"I said before the game I thought they'd control the game with the ball, and they did. But the reason they did was because we were too deep.
 
"We needed to be higher and more aggressive and from the thirty-minute mark, there was only one team that was going to win it.
 
"We picked a strong team to win the game, and they've done that. So, I'm really happy as that's four games where we're unbeaten. What we've got to do now is build on that."

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