JMT: “We’ll go again”

Centre-half still confident despite defeat

Following a 1-0 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley, Grecians centre-half Jordan Moore-Taylor is only looking forward and onto the next.

The Grecians went into the fixture having secured seven points from the previous three games, so to succumb to a one-goal defeat at St James Park felt particularly galling given the high spirits around the place going into the game.

But the defender is confident that the defeat won’t faze the team and that they can address the result when they travel to Bury next weekend.

“To not get the three points is disappointing, but we’ll go again next Saturday,” said Jordan.  “We’ve just come off the back of a good little run, but things are still looking up at the moment.

“Accrington came down with a gameplan, and it seemed to work for them, which is why they got the three points.  But we’re still confident, and the results have gone our way today in that the bottom two sides [Northampton and Torquay] have lost.  So things seem to be going alright.

“For their goal they threw a lot of men underneath the bar and around Artur [Krysiak], so as a defence and as a team we need to be able to deal with that.  We’ll be working on that and hopefully it won’t happen again.

“We just need to work on ourselves and get as many points as we can, so that we can stay in this league for another season and then push on next year.”

Moore-Taylor had the unenviable task of playing against 6’3” forward Kayode Odejayi throughout the game, just the latest in a series of sizable opponents that the young defender has had to face.

The burly Nigerian netted the game’s only goal as he bundled in after a corner, but for the most part he was kept quiet by the City defender.

It was only Jordan’s 30th League 2 appearance, but his performances against vastly more experienced strikers have been grabbing attention in recent weeks.  Indeed the centre-back is relishing some of the man-to-man battles that fourth-tier football is providing him with. 

“Recently we’ve had Fleetwood with Jon Parkin and Jamille Matt up front, and then at Plymouth I was up against Reuben Reid,” he continued.  “So I’ve been in a few battles, which seems to be the way in this league.

“But I’ve just got to get on with it, especially if I want to play centre-half.  I’m just getting my head down and try and do as well as I can.”