Jake Taylor: Second-half display at Barnet the best since I've been back

Midfielder's delight at Exeter City's performance at The Hive

Jake Taylor labelled Exeter City’s second-half display against Barnet as one of the best he has seen since he returned to the club last January.

Jake, who spent a season on loan at City in 2011/12, got the Grecians back on level terms at The Hive when he fired an unstoppable shot in the top corner of Jamie Stephens’ goal.

However, more was to follow after the break as Lee Holmes, David Wheeler and Reuben Reid all scored to help City to a 4-1 win. Jake played his part in two of the second-half goals, starting the brilliant passing move that led to Lee’s strike and then winning the penalty for Reuben to score. 

David Wheeler celebrates Exeter City's third goal

“To come back like we did, shows the kind of team and togetherness we have got in the squad,” said Jake.

“We knew if we played to our gameplan then we would create chances. I think we did that very well. We created a lot of chances and scored a few good goals and it gives us good momentum going into another couple of games this week.”

“We were clinical,“ added Jake. “It was quite a nice time to score just before half-time as it completely changed the game. 

“We came out second half and I thought it was one of the best halves of football I have seen since I have been back at the club. 

“We looked very comfortable on the ball. We put in some good passes and we looked like scoring a few as well.”

Jake’s goal was particularly impressive though and mirrored a similar strike he made against Hull City in the EFL Cup earlier this season.

Asked which he thought was the better goal, Jake said: “I’m not sure, I will have to watch it back and see. Jordan Moore-Taylor said the left-foot one (the goal against Hull City) looked better. I think it probably was as well because it was my left swinger.”

The only downside to the match against Barnet was that Jake picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and will be suspended for the next League Two match against Cambridge United at St James Park on Saturday.

“I’m a bit gutted to be missing that game as I don’t want to miss any games,” said Jake. “It was a bit of a silly tackle, but these thing happen and we will move on. I’m sure whoever will do a fantastic job.”