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READ | Taylor's pre-Cardiff City press highlights

27 October 2022

Club News

READ | Taylor's pre-Cardiff City press highlights

27 October 2022

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Rotherham United Manager Matt Taylor spoke to the local media ahead of his team’s trip to South Wales to take on Cardiff City this Saturday.

The Millers will be playing their second of three successive away matches in the Sky Bet Championship and rather than being daunted by the challenge, the Millers boss is looking for his side to continue their strong recent form on the road.

Also on the agenda for the manager were topics including the fitness of Shane Ferguson and Ollie Rathbone, as well as a look at the Bluebirds.

You can read highlights from the interview below, with video content on iFollow Millers here

Taylor on Shane Ferguson…

“He’ll be unavailable for the weekend, we’re hoping that he’ll be available for selection against Burnley next Wednesday, but there are a number of factors in play for that to happen.

“The soreness needs to calm down and the strength in that area needs to improve but we also need to get him outside with a football at is feet.

“That will more than likely not be in the next few days, so may come too soon for Saturday, if that is the case, we will give him a couple more days and assess him again ahead of Wednesday.”

 

Taylor on Ollie Rathbone…

“We expect he’ll be ready to be involved on Saturday. As discussed, we could have had him on the bench for the Coventry game, but we’d have had to use him quite early in relation to the game.

“The rest and recovery period that he needed would have been compromised had we done that. The issue will still remain a niggle, but I’ve told him that I want him fit and available for the next five games.

“We hope that we’ve made the right decision. He is a player whose energy we always need and we always want on the pitch. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can offer heading into the weekend.”

 

Taylor on team news…

“Grant Hall picked up his fifth yellow card against Coventry, so he’ll be missing at the weekend. Cohen had cramp on Tuesday night, but we’re hoping that is now flushed out and easing.

“That can linger for a few days, but we’re hoping and expecting that he’ll be fit and available on Saturday.

“The rest of the group are in a good place. Mentally it was a difficult pill to swallow, to concede so late and in the circumstances surrounding that but we’re pleased with the way the group has come through it.”

 

 

Taylor on the potential of making further additions to his coaching staff…

“There are various situations going on in regards to that, but it is one that I’m less concerned about. I’ve said time and time again about Billy Mercer being with us and the role and influence that he has. Plus the way the goalkeeping department have been performing.”

 

Taylor on contracts…

“As ever, it is a working progress and there are constant meetings going on behind the scenes. I’m making my intentions know to the club about our intentions and it is about then making an offer to those players.

“Their stock is continuing to rise and rightly so, because they are performing to high levels.”

 

Taylor on Cardiff City…

“They are traditionally a really big club and have a lot of pace and power within their team.

“It has been difficult to really assess them because in the two games I’ve been to watch recently, they’ve gone down to 10 men really early.

“There’s no saying that won’t happen again this weekend, but that is a difference in a game that makes it harder to identify certain aspects of their play.

“They look strong in certain areas of the pitch, as always when we go away home, we have to be strong in certain moments and pack a punch ourselves.

“We could’ve been more than 1-0 up going into half time at Coventry, so I’m pleased we’re creating chances.

“We have to then keep the back door shut and find a way to control moments on that football pitch. The pleasing aspect about Tuesday’s game is that we looked like doing that for large parts but we are going into the Lion’s Den so to speak and we know that it will be a good atmosphere if they opposition are allowed to play well.

 

 

Taylor on the team’s resilience…

“They’ve got it in spades, it is part of our identity and foundation, but Tuesday isn’t a game where we just defended.

“That is one of the most pleasing aspects, we were able to control the game in possession and create chances through clean play.

“We’ve started well away from home in my three away games, we’ve seen times of what we want to achieve.

“Opposition teams are going to have their moments and we need to see that pressure out. Tuesday wasn’t a game where our backline wasn’t getting continually worked.

“It was an even game and we’re hoping that will continue this weekend.”

 

Taylor on the upcoming fixture schedule…

“It’s part and parcel of the league, we can’t complain about it and we have to look forward to it.

“Physically we have to keep them fresh and manoeuvre certain situations in there. We may have a slightly look about us away from home, as we may sacrifice certain areas of the pitch to help the team.

“That seems to be working and the players are taking that on board. Within those away games, we have an opportunity to pick up points.

“We’re content with where we are in terms of stature and league position, but everyone knows there are tough fixtures coming up and we have to remain competitive.”

 


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