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TAYLOR – “OUR PROFESSIONAL PRIDE IS AT STAKE”

1 December 2014

Defender gives honest reflection after Hillsborough reverse.

  • Disappointing result and goals conceded.
  • The manager will get the best out of the team – he’ll instil a unity.
  • Pleased to return to the team, but it’s about winning games.

Latics left-back Andrew Taylor was evidently frustrated following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship.

The former Cardiff City and Middlesbrough defender gave an honest and meaningful reflection of the afternoon as he described the disappointment in failing to build on the positive result and performance against one of his former clubs a week earlier.

“It’s very disappointing,” Taylor said. “We’ve come here on the back of a decent performance and result last week against Middlesbrough, hoping to build on it by coming for the three points, so to come away with nothing is very disappointing.

“It was really poor from us, once we went 1-0 up, with the experience we’ve got, we should know how to manage the game and kill the game for five or ten minutes because you know they’re going to come back at you.

“To give a really, really poor goal away so soon after taking the lead is really disappointing.

“We’re hurt, very disappointed, our professional pride is at stake and none of us want to be in a relegation fight but, at the end of the day, that’s where we are at the moment and we’ve got to understand that - now it’s about working hard and digging ourselves out of the situation we’re in.”

Taylor has returned to the starting XI under new Latics boss Malky Mackay following a spell on the side-line with injury.

And, having worked with the Scot at both Watford and in South Wales, Taylor feels Mackay will get the best out of the squad in time.

“This manager can definitely get the best out of us,” he added. “He’s come in here and, having worked with him before as well, I know he’ll instil a team unity, he’ll get us all going in the right direction and no doubt we’ll start climbing the table.

“I had a bit of an injury and then dropped out of the team but fortunately I’ve come back in and that’s good for me but, at the end of the day, we all want to be winning games and picking up three points.

“It’s great to be back playing, getting 90 minutes, but it’s all about winning and that’s what I want to do and the team as a whole want to do.”

A Norwich City side with just one win in ten games visits the DW Stadium this Saturday and Taylor says it’s only a matter of time before Latics become a side that’s hard to beat under Mackay.

He continued that the Premier League experience within Latics’ squad needs to show and also reward the fans for their fantastic support.

“It’s always going to be a tough game,” Taylor said. “Norwich were in the Premier League last year and we know it’s going to be tough but we’ve got a lot of Premier League experience within our squad and I think, on our day, once we get everything clicking and once we get everything going in the right direction, we’ll be hard to beat.

“You look at every game in this division as one you can pick three points up in, whether it’s top or bottom of the league.

“It’s been a difficult period for the fans since the club won the FA Cup 18 months ago; we’ve been on a downward spiral but again the travelling fans were great today and they have been all season at home too.”

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