Matty Taylor reflects on Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Lincoln City at the LNER Stadium.
- Matty Taylor | “Frustrated and disappointed we didn't win the game"
- Port Vale striker speaks to the media after the Vale's 3-2 defeat at Lincoln City.
- Taylor: “It was a very strange game, but I thought for large parts we played very well, played some good stuff, even when both sides went down to ten men, I thought we were the ones that took the impetus.”
Port Vale striker Matty Taylor expressed his disappointment that the Valiants came out on the wrong side of a five-goal clash at Lincoln City as Adam Jackson netted a late winner for the Imps at the LNER Stadium.
A Taylor penalty and Danny Butterworth strike had given Darrell Clarke's side a 2-1 lead, though the dismissal of Tom Conlon immediately after the Valiants went ahead and Sammy Robinson's later red card made the task even more challenging for the visitors on a ground on which the home side have lost just once in the league this season.
Despite the defeat, Taylor believes the Valiants put in a strong display and were unfortunate to come away from Sincil Bank with nothing.
Taylor said: “It was a very strange game, but I thought for large parts we played very well and played some good stuff. Even when both sides went down to ten men, I thought we were the ones that took the impetus.
“We are always frustrated when we don’t win a game. It was a strange game - not your normal game - just because there were so many different decisions. We are just really frustrated in there, and disappointed we couldn’t win the game.”
Speaking about a difficult run of results in the calendar year, Taylor added that the squad needs to force change and start picking up points, starting with Tuesday night’s fixture away at Ipswich Town.
“It needs to change," he added. "There are strong characters in there, we need to focus on the job at hand and we need to pick up points.
“We have four games left, we need to pick up as many points as possible to stay in the division, it’s as simple as that.”
“We have just got to keep believing in ourselves; there are four games left, you have to stay mentally strong and stick to the task at hand.
“You learn a lot from these types of games, collectively we will move on and try and get a result on Tuesday.”