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POST-MATCH | We needed the execution to match the intensity - Taylor

7 January 2023

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Rotherham United boss Matt Taylor insists his side need to eradicate the errors which are costing them results of late by matching their execution with the intensity at which they are competing.

It was another tough afternoon for the Millers who were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Ipswich Town, despite drawng themselves level and looking like they had grown into the contest when they levelled shortly after the break.

Speaking following the tie at Portman Road the first team manager insisted that he would not criticise his players' effort levels, but admitted that they need to show more quality in decisive moments at both ends of the pitch.

“There were some good performances, as much as we’re feeling negative right now. I thought Cameron Humphreys and Woody performed well and Conor led the line well on his own.

“In the first half we had something to believe in and something to hold onto in terms of the clean sheet and then the equaliser in the second half.

“Unfortunately when we conceded the second goal, we were chasing the game and we couldn’t cover the spaces against a good team.

“You can’t take away the last 25 minutes but In terms of how we set-up, I can’t fault the intent of the team.

“They were in the right place, thinking the right things and putting their bodies in the place where we wanted them to be.

“Unfortunately, we came out second best and that was again a reflection of individual mistakes. When we’ve got a fully fit squad, we can be more flexible with what we’ve got, but unfortunately, we haven’t got that at the moment.

“I would love us to be a little more direct, but – no disrespect to Conor – we haven’t got a physical output at the top of the pitch as our focal point.”

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