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Taft: It's a tough one to take

19 April 2021

Defender George Taft spoke to iFollow Iron after his side's 3-2 defeat at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

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The 27-year-old discussed the 'basic' mistakes that were made, as his side let slip a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes left.

He said: “It’s a tough one to take, we were shaky in the first half but second half we came out well and got ahead. I think it was just the basics that let us down today, just tracking your men and getting free headers. It’s not acceptable at any level and it’s cost us today.

“We felt solid on the corners first half, we should have carried that on throughout the whole game. We got through the large number of corners and came in at 1-1 in a good position.”

He added: “The goal from (Abo) Eisa was a great finish but we’ve got to get that edge in our game where we’re resilient, stronger and harder to beat. When they went 3-2 ahead, they just slowed the game down and that’s what we’ve got to get in our game and hold out for those wins."

Three goals on the day came from set-plays, and Taft commented: ‘It’s the basics, tracking your man and staying with him and if they score from a challenge, you can hold your hand up and say you got beat on it but if you’re not tracking your man, it’s not acceptable.

“We just need to work on it. We’re going to go straight back and get that in our game and be resilient from corners.”

Rory Watson has come back into the side as goalkeeper since Mark Howard suffered a thigh injury, and Taft said: “Rory’s been excellent today, making great saves first and second half. He’s kept us in the game and we’ve let him down."

Commenting on the penalty and some of the decisions that have gone against the Iron recently, he said: “I think the penalty was soft, the guy just jumped backwards and went down. He’s even said after it wasn’t a penalty but it’s hard, he’d just been on the pitch for five minutes, the replacement ref, and he gave a massive decision that changed the game. It all comes down to us not clearing it when we had chances to. On the third goal, it was bouncing around and someone just needed to get it out.”

Looking forward to Tuesday night’s game against former club Mansfield Town (7pm Kick-off), he said: “It’s going to be a different game and we’ve got to go there and be stronger, more aggressive and fight for the points. It’ll be a different game on Tuesday so we have to be up for it.”

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