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Matthew Taylor 'Feels Like a Broken Record' as Walsall Exit the FA Cup

Head Coach Matthew Taylor spoke to the media following the Saddlers' Emirates FA Cup - Second Round meeting with Swindon Town.
The Saddlers crashed out of the Emirates FA Cup after once again failing to make more of their fleeting opportunities in the final third, with opponents, Swindon Town, more than happy to take advantage.

Standing in front of the logo-clad media wall shortly after referee Peter Wright - no, not that one - had called for full-time, a frustrated Taylor insisted that, despite only scoring one goal to the Robins' two, his side didn't deserve to be out of the competition.

The Saddlers arrived at the match on the back of a duo of defeats, including an EFL Trophy defeat to Cambridge United, making the loss to Swindon their second cup exit in less than a week.

Although the defeats gives the team an opportunity to focus all of their efforts on getting back on track and resume their recent climb up the table, that offers little consolation as the team continues to be wasteful in front of goal.

Speaking to the assembled media, Taylor said; "We shouldn't be out of the FA Cup. The difference in the game was that they took their big moments, and we didn't.
 
"We had more than enough in the second half. That's the difference at the moment. We've given away two goals that I think were avoidable.
 
"But if we're not going to keep clean sheets, we've got to put more of our chances away. That was the difference.
 
"You can talk about what goes on in the middle of the pitch and between both boxes. But more importantly, you have to defend your goal resolutely and be clinical in the opposition's box.
 
"We've had enough chances again to win a game. I feel, at times, like a broken record. It's hugely disappointing as I wanted to get into the next round of the FA Cup, as did all the players and everyone connected with the club. But we haven't done it because we didn't take our big moments."

Swindon, who brought over 2,000 supporters to the Black Country, took the lead via Tyreece Simpson's sixteenth-minute goal before being pegged back by Emmanuel Osadebe's third of the season which came just over twenty-minutes later.

However, thanks to yet more sloppy defending, Swindon went on to grab the third and final goal of the game as Kaine Kesler Hayden put the ball past Carl Rushworth in the Walsall goal.

Taylor, who must begin to prepare his team for Tuesday evening's League Two clash with Crawley Town, admitted his players aren't performing at one-hundred pre-cent, something they must improve upon if the team is to return to winning ways.

The gaffer added; "Our players are doing 95 per cent of what I want from them. But that extra five per cent wins you matches and keeps you clean sheets.
 
"It's decision-making. Did we deserve something from the game? I think we definitely did. But the reason we didn't win, and I'll say it again, was because when our big chances came along, we didn't take them.
 
"We've got to be better at defending and putting the ball in the back of the net. It's as simple as that."
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