Matthew Taylor Disappointed as Walsall & Rochdale Play Out a Goalless Draw Matthew Taylor Disappointed as Walsall & Rochdale Play Out a Goalless Draw
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Matthew Taylor Disappointed as Walsall & Rochdale Play Out a Goalless Draw

Walsall Head Coach Matthew Taylor spoke to the press shortly after the Saddlers' League Two clash with Rochdale.
Speaking after his Saddlers and the visiting Dale played out an uninspiring goalless draw in front of a bumper crowd at Banks's Stadium, Taylor admitted his side made some poor decisions in the final third.

Despite making more goal-scoring opportunities than their opponents, Walsall failed to find the back of the net at the other end, but did avoid slipping to a third defeat in as many games.

With over 1,600 fans from local schools adding to the crowd, the Saddlers only conceded one shot on goal as their sometimes frustratingly sloppy defence was able to thwart their visitors' attacking endeavours and secure a welcome clean sheet.

Speaking to members of the local press, Matthew admitted; "We had enough chances to win the game. We weren't ruthless enough in the opposition's box.
"We've done it this season previously. Games are always going to be tight at this level and Rochdale are a good team.
"But having said that, we've had enough chances to win that game. We passed the ball when we should have shot, and then we shot when we should have passed.
"I just thought we were indecisive. As per usual, we created a number of chances, and we had players on the pitch who, this season, have taken them. For some reason, we weren't ruthless enough in their box."

On-loan Barnsley man George Miller had possibly the best opportunity of the game but was unable to slot home, whilst midfielder Joss Labadie almost made the prefect return from suspension before ultimately lifting an effort over the bar.

Taylor, who was also able to welcome Conor Wilkinson back into the fold following a spell on the sidelines, went on to insist he was happy with his team's overall display, he would have liked to have taken all three points.

Matthew continued; "Our goalkeeper only had one save to make. The one save Carl made was from outside the box.
"They've hit the bar, yes, but we've had four or maybe five chances that I would expect us to put away. That's why we haven't won the game.
"Keeping a clean sheet is a real positive, that we've done that at home. But the reason I'm disappointed is because we've created enough chances to win a game of football."
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