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Energetic winger Jon Taylor has reinforced his manager’s words ahead of Saturday’s clash with Reading at the Madejski Stadium, insisting that the Millers’ season doesn’t hinge on the result against the Royals.
Taylor, who has impressed in recent weeks with typically high-octane showings against Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday, concedes that the outcome of this weekend’s fixture could be pivotal in shaping the Sky Bet Championship table, but won’t define his side’s season with plenty more important fixtures to follow.
“It's going to be a big game, probably one of our biggest this season so we're looking forward to it,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.
“That said, the next game is always the biggest game, so it doesn't matter who we're playing against.
“All the games coming up are massive for us so we've got to look at every one as if it's the last one and hopefully try and pick up three points.”
The former Shrewsbury Town and Peterborough United man continued to add that Paul Warne’s side’s efforts have deserved more than the table reflects in recent weeks and says that the players are hopeful that if they continue to turn in the performances, positive results will follow.
“We've deserved more points. We've been playing really well but we've got to go again," Taylor continued.
“It's hard to take but at the end of the day, we deserved to win [against Sheffield Wednesday]. We definitely deserved the three points but we didn't get them, all we can do is keep performing the way we are and hopefully they'll come.
“When you play 99 minutes of football and concede with the last kick of the game, it's hard to take but we deserved more and hopefully the points will start coming.”
Meanwhile, the industrious wide man is keen to try and nail down a place in Paul Warne’s team, but is well-aware that competition for a starting jersey is rife with Ryan Williams and Joe Newell returning to full fitness recently.
However, Taylor is confident that he can impress between now and the end of the season, as he looks to cement a place in Paul Warne’s XI.
“I think it's been hard for me to get a run of games and stay in the team but if I keep impressing the gaffer and keep my performance levels high then I can keep my place,” he continued.
“It's obviously hard being in and out of the team but I always believe that I can score goals and turn in performances.
“I'm probably one of the fittest players in the team, so I'm always ready if called upon. I always feel fit and like everyone else, I'm just keen to be involved if I can be.”