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Taylor pleased by new tactics

11 December 2014

Experienced winger pleased with new ‘attack-minded’ style.

Winger Rob Taylor has praised new boss Adam Murray and believes our new formation and tactics will have positive effects for the team in the long-term.

The 29-year-old, who joined us on a free transfer in the summer, has been utilised on the left-hand side of a four-man midfield in recent games and has flourished in the role – contributing some key assists.

“[The new formation] has benefitted me and I think in the long-term it’s going to benefit the whole club,” said the ex-Port Vale man.

“’Muz’ (Adam Murray, manager) has been here for a long time so he knows the club like the back of his hand. He’s probably had ideas in the back of his head on how he’s wanted to change stuff and he’s able to implement them now, so the transition should be fairly smooth.

“He’s gone to an attacking formation and he wants the boys to play [football]. That’s how I want to play I can play at left-back, but I prefer going forward. With the old manager I don’t think I was utilised properly, so that’s a massive benefit [of the new formation] for me.”

He continued: “I’ve played at wing-back before and done quite well, but that’s been in a side which likes to keep the ball and play further up the pitch. I think we’ve been quite defensive-minded and almost ended up just playing five at the back, which isn’t how to get the best out of me.

“So it’s been great. I’ve managed to get a few assists in the last couple of games and hopefully people can see what I’m about in terms of going forward.”

Our team will be hoping to make it two wins in as many games at One Call Stadium when they entertain Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

The Robins have lost five out of their last six league games and Taylor is eager to help us get another three points on Saturday: “We’re still down in the bottom half of the league and although a good cup run is good for the fans and the club financially, the most important thing is the league.

“So we’ll be looking to get back to winning ways and pick up three points. I’ve always thought Cheltenham are a good side and they like to play football, but they’ve lost a lot of players over the past few years and changed their manager.

“They’re struggling at the moment, but they’ll be difficult. It’s a hard league to get points, but if we stick to our game-plan then we should be okay.”

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