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💬 Matt Taylor: "On another day we would have gone 2-0 up and seen the game out"

Matt Taylor gives his thoughts on City's 1-1 draw with Newport County AFC

18 August 2018

Exeter City manager Matt Taylor says he side were disappointed not to take all three points away from their match with Newport County AFC.

The Grecians took the lead in the first half and created a host of chances to go further ahead in the second half, but they were pegged back by the Exiles as Mark Harris netted late on.

On the match, the City boss said: “We’re disappointed with the result, it’s probably a fair score line on the back of pressure, but in terms of chances created I thought we had the better opportunities. On another day we would have gone 2-0 up and seen the game out.

“It’s a couple of individual errors, but it’s not a problem we move onto the next, I trust my players, I trust my defenders.”

City went ahead with a well worked free-kick from Jake Taylor as Stockley rose well to head the home side in front, and Matt believes the Grecians are keen to benefit from set pieces this year.

He continued: “It was a good finish from a good quality ball in. When we got good quality into the box we looked dangerous. 

“I’ve said all along we need to be good at set pieces, and I thought we defended our box excellently in terms of their set pieces and the pressure they put us under. Christy Pym didn’t have too much to do in terms of actual saves.”

Matt also praised the City players for their performance as the Grecians continue to create some good partnerships both in midfield and defence.

“They’re (Troy Brown and Aaron Martin) doing well, I still want more from them both and I want more from all of my players. Partnerships are important all over the pitch, in centre midfield I thought Jordan Tillson and Jake Taylor were outstanding.

“We controlled the game for large parts despite being under pressure, that’s the way we play at times, and we still had a threat going forwards. The lads are disappointed but that’s a good sign, Newport are a good team and it’s a point gained.”

The Grecians now turn their attentions to Tuesday night’s match with Cambridge United away from home, and with a number of matches coming in quick succession, the City manager says his players will be able to cope.

“It will be a tough test,” said Matt. “Anyone that has been to Cambridge knows it will be tough. They will be right into us and right at us, but we have good enough players to deal with that.

“Players need to play games, you can’t wrap them up in cotton wool. They’re paid to play football, if it’s Saturday then Tuesday and then Saturday again they have to roll their sleeves up and do it. They get their time off when it’s needed, but sometimes you have to get on with it, I’m not going to make any excuses about a lot of games because it’s what we want. It shows we are doing well in the cup competitions as well; the squad is good enough and it can cope.”

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