Matthew Taylor: "We Should Have Won" Matthew Taylor: "We Should Have Won"
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Matthew Taylor: "We Should Have Won"

The gaffer spoke to the press following the Saddlers' League Two clash with Exeter City.
It was a tale of two Taylor's at St James Park on Saturday afternoon as Matty met Matthew with their respective sides looking to secure three more points.

Heading into the match on the back of two defeats in as many games, the Saddlers faithful would have been forgiven for fearing the worst as Timothรฉe Dieng put the hosts into the lead with just two minutes on the clock.

However, with thanks to on-loan Barnsley man George Miller, Walsall twice came from behind to take a well-deserved share of the spoils in damp and dreary Devon.

Despite Sam Nombe initially putting his side back into the lead and Matt Jay's missed penalty, the Saddlers created enough to take all three points, and Head Coach Taylor was rightfully disappointed with the point.

Speaking to the assembled media, Matthew said; "There's no could about it. We should have won. The game should have been over at half-time.
"It took us to concede a goal to see the players start believing in themselves. From my perspective, to concede the first goal the way we did after the training we've had, it's nowhere near good enough.
"But we've created five really good opportunities in the first half. We've come away from home and made Exeter change their shape through our performance – making two changes at half-time.
"We seemed to be getting somewhere, and then we started the second half extremely sloppily. I'm disappointed we've only got a point because the players have performed, but not for the 90 minutes.
"That's the disappointing thing. But it was unbelievable character having come from behind twice. We talk about where games of football are won and lost, it's in both boxes. We scored two goals, but we should have scored four or five. That's the really frustrating thing."

With the Saddlers going close to securing their first away league win of the season, Taylor admitted his side must begin to make more of their goal-scoring opportunities whilst also being stronger at the back.

Matthew continued; "At the moment, we've just got to score too many goals to win a game of football.

"That tells me we've got to be better in our box and start games better. If we do that, that group of players, they're a talented group."

The gaffer went on to insist both of the Grecians' goals were avoidable, before seeking to look ahead to the next round of games, he added; "Both goals were avoidable, but the players have shown character.
"To come away to Exeter and score two goals, you should win the game, but we haven't. However, there's a huge amount of positives for us moving into Northampton – and then Salford."
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