Matthew Taylor Fustrated With 'Inconsistent' Saddlers Matthew Taylor Fustrated With 'Inconsistent' Saddlers
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Matthew Taylor Fustrated With 'Inconsistent' Saddlers

Matthew Taylor spoke to the media shortly after the Saddlers' league Two clash with Bristol Rovers.
Speaking after his side had suffered their fifth defeat in as many games, a clearly downcast Taylor admitted the result epitomises the Saddlers 2021/22 campaign.

Despite enjoying a man advantage after Pirates defender Luca Hoole collected two bookable offences within just four first-half minutes, the Saddlers failed to truly test former Walsall academy stopper James Belshaw during an afternoon to forget.
To add insult to injury, Walsall continued their dismal display at the back as, with just second-half stoppage time remaining, Aaron Collins took advantage of a mix-up between Carl Rushworth and recent signing Donervon Daniels to snatch all three points.
Chatting to the media shortly after referee Keith Stroud had called for full-time, Taylor said; "It reflects, probably, the season in terms of the inconsistency. The players are going through a period where confidence is low.
"It's up to the leaders in the group and us as staff members to pick them up. But when they go onto the pitch, I just feel they didn't deal with the pressure of the game as well as they could have.
"It comes down to really wanting to be that player that will risk the ball – taking somebody on or making a defence-splitting pass.
"We didn't do that well enough. It's got to come from within, that's how I feel. We just took too many easy options on the ball. Obviously, it's my job now to make sure in the next game, we're better."

When asked about his side's failure to capitaise upon their man advantage, Taylor went on to admit his side were second best all afternoon, before calling upon his team to do more, especially when gifted an opportunity to dominate proceedings.

Matthew continued; "In the first 20 minutes, we didn't deal with their threats. We made too many wrong decisions and turned over possession too easily.
"That built a bit of sustained pressure for them. Then, they had a player sent off. We regrouped at half-time and had a conversation about taking risks with the ball.
"But I just felt the players didn't do that anywhere near enough in the second half. When you don't do that, and you don't move 10 men around, that's not playing correctly and the way we want."
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