Matthew Taylor: Walsall's Performance 'Wasn't Good Enough'

Matthew Taylor spoke to the press following the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Carlisle United.
Speaking after his side slipped to a disappointing defeat as opponents Carlisle took advantage of a lackluster Walsall performance to secure the win, the gaffer admitted he was disappointed to leave Brunton Park without as much as a point to build upon.

The Saddlers arrived at the match on the back of a midweek triumph over Darrell Clarke's Port Vale, a result which saw the team climb into the top half of the table for the first time this season, but were unable to find the back of the net, as they ultimately returned home without a point.

Carlisle, who hadn't won in some twelve league games, were not only able to thwart their visitors' advances, but, thanks to second-half substitute Tristan Abrahams, went on to secure all three points, and moved out of the relegation zone.

Taylor, who had recently challenged his team to work on making more of their dominance, admitted he was disappointed as his side was unable to build upon their triumph at Vale Park as they entered a frustrating performance.

Speaking to the assembled media, Matthew said; "We hit a performance level at Port Vale that I was really pleased with.

"But today, we didn't do it. It's a difficult thing. You ask the players to produce performances week in and week out that reflect each other.

"Today, we've reached nowhere near the levels we did on Tuesday."

Both Otis Khan and Conor Wilkinson had opportunities to put their team ahead but were unable to do what Abrahams was as the former Newport County man tapped the ball in from close range after the Saddlers' defence lacked focus.

Matthew continued; "If either of those early chances go in, it's probably a different outcome. But I can't stand here and make excuses for the players.

"I won't do that. What I will do is say that today wasn't good enough by the standards they've adhered to this season.

"I'm not saying they haven't performed well. What I'm saying is they didn't hit the levels they reached on Tuesday.

"And if you don't do that, it's always going to be difficult away from home. I thought we got our game-plan right, frustrated them and had enough chances to win."

When asked about the Cumbrians' late winner, Taylor continued; "What I'm struggling with is that you don't do your job from a set play, and you lose a game of football.

"If we're stood here talking about a 0-0, I'd still be disappointed, but it'd be another clean sheet. That's the killer for me. I think we're better than that."
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