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READ | Taylor's pre-Ipswich Town press highlights

5 January 2023

Club News

READ | Taylor's pre-Ipswich Town press highlights

5 January 2023

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Rotherham United Manager Matt Taylor was on iFollow Millers duty ahead of his side’s trip to face Ipswich Town in the Emirates FA Cup.

The Millers head to Portman Road in the Third Round of the competition on Saturday, with the manager expecting a tough test against the Sky Bet League One promotion chasers.

The manager discussed a range of topics, with highlights from the interview below and video content to appear on iFollow Millers shortly…


Taylor on Millwall reflections…

“We were obviously disappointed with the performance. The game started poorly when we conceded in the opening few minutes.

“We had a couple of opportunities to get back in the game before half time, but unfortunately, the second half continued the same way.

“I felt like we didn’t match their intensity on the day and this week it has been a case of dusting ourselves down and getting ready for the weekend.

“We’ve got a bit of a break this weekend from the pressures of the league, so hopefully we can go out and put in a positive performance.”


 Taylor on having time on the training pitch…

“It has been nice for sure. We’ve tried to have a bright session today, but it was a little difference because we played on New Year’s Day.

“We’ve had a few extra bodies on the pitch, as well, with Chieo and Lee Peltier returning to training, so that is a positive.

“It is always a good sign for bodies to come back, whether we can use them at the weekend is a different question, but is always nice to have the options.

“We want to get them smiling again and feeling good about themselves again. This week has come after a fairly hectic Christmas period, which comes and goes.

“We’ve just had to look after a couple physically, whilst keeping the intensity on the training pitch. For us, this game gives us a fresh chance and we want to meet it head on.

“We’ll assess Lee and Chieo ahead of the weekend, but we have to consider the importance of the league game against Blackburn the following weekend.

“We will make a sensible decision on those two in the next 24 hours.”



Taylor on Grant Hall and Georgie Kelly…

“Grant and Georgie are still a couple of weeks away. Grant is on the pitch on a daily basis, not with the main group, but physio-led.

“There will hopefully be a period next week in which we’ll have him back with the group and that is the same with Georgie to a similar extent.

“Muscular injuries can sometimes take a little bit of time, but when you see them with their kit on, you can see that they are getting closer. They aren’t a million miles off.”


Taylor on the importance of getting injured players back up to speed…

“Aside from Ben Wiles – who has had successful surgery – and Josh Vickers, there is no one out for the long-term and hopefully it stays that way.

“Shane Ferguson is an example of someone who has spent the last few weeks in the physio room and now he is back an selectable.

“He’s played a couple of games and looked really bright, and he’s added to the quality we’ve had in training.

“Unfortunately, he’s someone we hadn’t been able to use for a long period of time and it makes a difference having those players around.

“We’re looking forward to our squad strengthening as time goes on in terms of players returning and we know that we’ll have an opportunity to add players in the transfer window.

“Getting the players back and getting their belief back goes hand in hand. If we get the players back, we’ll have more successful moments.

“Whether that be a goal, a clean sheet or a win. There’s only one thing we can do in that situation and that is rolling our sleeves up and putting ourselves out there.

“I want the players to keep putting themselves forward, which I know is difficult when things aren’t going your way.”


Taylor on the January transfer window…

“We can’t just react to the injury issues we’ve got, because we’ll be filling positions that have already been filled by our own players, who will be coming back in the coming weeks.

“I do feel like we need to strengthen the squad, but that takes time. There has been very little business done in the Championship so far and I think that is a reflection on the current market.

“I’m really positive, I’ve spoken to over a dozen players in the last week or so we are all working as hard as we can.

“We’ll put something in front of teams and players when we feel it is right to do so. We’re waiting to see how that develops.

“With it being an FA Cup weekend, I think a lot of teams are keen to keep their players in the building until afterwards, so we’ll know a little more after we get this weekend done.”



Taylor on whether players on the fringes will get the opportunity to leave…

“It certainly isn’t our priority at the moment. We can’t afford for anyone to leave at this moment in time but as the window develops and as the squad strengthens again, we’ll obviously assess what needs to be done.”


Taylor on Ipswich Town…

“They are a different animal from the last couple of years and are a serious contender in that league.

“It is a big football club as well, so as much as they are a league below, they are an ex-Premier League team with a big fan base.

“It is an FA Cup tie and a competition and one we feel passionate about. We want to use this competition to help the players take a little bit of weight off their shoulders and hopefully that will free us up to play our best football.”

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