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💬 Matt Taylor: "Improvements are still there to be made."

Exeter City manager content with start to the season but wants more

10 August 2019

Matt Taylor says he feels there is still improvements to come from his side despite City maintaining their 100 per cent start to the season with a 1-0 win away at Stevenage.

Nicky Law scored the only goal of the game two minutes from time with a sweet volley into the bottom corner. It came at the end of a half that City had dominated, but it was the first half showing where Taylor saw room for improvement.

“I felt it was a deserved win,” he said. “I felt it was a pretty even first half. There were not too many clearcut chances for both teams.

“Lewis (Ward) made a good save early on, but I felt second half we dominated the game. We were a lot sharper in terms of our use of the ball in that second period and it meant that we controlled it.

“We just couldn’t quite cut out the right opening to finish it off and then a bit of quality from the man who has got the most quality on that football pitch – and that is no disrespect to anybody else on that pitch – produces a top-quality finish. He (Nicky) has done it time and time again for us.

“I am really pleased with the clean sheet. Apart from that save early on from Lewis, I don’t think he was troubled too much and when you come away from home against a team like Stevenage, you don’t often say that as a manager. So I am really pleased in terms of the backline and the shift the boys put in.

“We scored late again and there is no better time to score, but I just felt it was coming in that second period.”

Matt added that it showed character from the players to score late on for the second week in a row, but he is a demanding manager who wants more from his team.

 “I still want more from some of the group,” he said. "We went away from home to Stevenage, who are a serious outfit, and controlled the game for a large part of the second period. So I am really pleased with that.

“However, I keep wanting more from this group though and I will probably be one of the most demanding managers around because we have got to be better than we were in the first half.

“We have got better players than we showed in that first period and it was a bit of stalemate to a certain extent. In the second half when we put our footprint on the game. And when our use of the ball was a lot better, then our attacking players got on the ball high up the pitch. It is two and two in terms of clean sheets and late goals, but the improvements are still there to be made.”


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