Left back Andrew Taylor talks Blackburn, Huddersfield, UEFA Cup finals and Malky Mackay in this weekend’s programme.
- In depth chat with former Middlesbrough man as he passes six months at the DW.
- Fantasy Football, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair’s First and Last and Rowley’s Rewind also in this week’s matchday programme.
- Gary Caldwell, Malky Mackay and Jonathan Jackson all contribute their columns and give transfer update, with programmes priced at £3 each.
This week’s official matchday programme sees 28-year-old defender Andrew Taylor look back on a career that has seen him feature in FA Cup and UEFA Cup semi-finals, a Carling Cup final and also a Championship title winning campaign.
Now six months into life at the DW, Taylor is hoping to kick-on and register more games as the season develops with only a handful of players featuring more than the former England U21 international.
And Taylor would perhaps have been an ever-present had he not missed a month between October and November due to injury, with Maynor Figueroa returning to Latics for a brief period.
“From a personal point of view, you want to play as many games as possible,” Taylor said. “We’ve had a change of manager during the season and results haven’t been great but I’ve played a good number of games now and hopefully I can keep my place in the team until the end of the season.
“Injuries are part of football, it’s very rare that you can go through a season and not pick up some sort of niggle along the way and you just have to deal with that but I’m keen now to stay clear of them and play every week.”
Taylor opened his Latics goal-scoring account in our last home victory, a 4-0 success over Birmingham City at the DW Stadium, exactly three years to the weekend that he scored his last senior goal.
And the full back, who used to play as a left midfielder in his younger days at Middlesbrough, joked he’ll need to get into the areas more often to add a few more goals to his game.
“It would be great if I could add a few more goals to my game but as a left back it’s not always easy because I don’t go up for corners and set plays,” he continued. “If I could help out in that department then that would be brilliant for me and the team.
“I’m confident in my own ability; once I get in the areas, I just don’t get there very often!”
Looking at this weekend’s game with the Terriers, Taylor says he hopes Latics get a DW crowd that sticks with them once again as a great second-half atmosphere helped earn a point against Blackburn last time out.
“No game in this league is ever easy, whether you’re top or bottom of the league,” Taylor added. “We’re at home and hopefully we get a good crowd that stick with us again like they did last week against Blackburn and hopefully we build on that second-half performance too.
“It’s a game we need to be looking to win because we want to climb the table and pick up three points but also claw another side into the battle with us.
“You look at our squad on paper and I think everyone will be a bit surprised of our results and where we are in the league but it is what it is and we’re working hard to put things right with the manager and the coaches and hopefully the second-half of the season will be a lot more successful.”
To read the full interview with Taylor, along with plenty more exclusive content, pick up your official matchday programme from one of the sellers outside the ground for just £3.