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Matthew Taylor: "We Got Punished"

The Head Coach spoke to members of the local media following the Saddlers' League Two clash with Newport County.
Speaking after his team slipped to a narrow defeat away to Newport County, Taylor admitted his team was punished for a lack of cutting edge as well as some poor decision-making.

The Saddlers were able to bounce back from Mickey Demetriou's 9th-minute opener, as on-loan Leicester City forward Tyrese Shade netted the first goal of his professional career in first-half stoppage time.

After spending the first forty-five on the back foot, Walsall enjoyed more possession during the second-half but were ultimately punished for a faltering display in the final third as Cameron Norman and James Clarke combined to condemn their former side to defeat.

The Saddlers were kept in the game by Carl Rushworth on several occasions, including Matthew Dolan's saved penalty, but were unable to take anything from the contest, as their unbeaten run came to an end.

Speaking to the assembled media, Matthew said; "The first half, I thought that Newport were the dominant team. But we managed to stay in the game.
 
"Carl made a fantastic save before half-time, and we got a very good goal. In the second half, I thought we were confident and dominated the football.
 
"Our movement patterns were very good to see. But it comes down to the final third, and we didn't make good enough decisions when we opened up the opposition.
 
"You always run the risk when you don't take your chances, and we got punished. It was just one too far for Carl to make a save.
 
"We scored a goal, hit the bar, and got into good areas. If we look at where we can improve in terms of decision-making, most definitely we can get better in the final third.
 
"We got into enough offensive areas to hurt the opposition. That's where we've fallen down with our performance.
 
"But this group of players are giving everything, every day. The group are together.".
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