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TAYLOR: WE CAN'T GET COMPLACENT

10 January 2014

Peter fully focused on Colchester game at the weekend

Peter Taylor says he is not allowing his players to get complacent as the squad prepare for the trip to Colchester on Saturday.

The Gills boss has added to his playing staff in the past week with the capture of young midfielder Connor Smith from Watford, and Peter believes this will help to keep the team on their toes.

Speaking exclusively to the club’s official website he said: “You can tell the players are pleased with themselves in the way they walked in the building on Monday morning after beating Wolves Friday.

“It’s always a great atmosphere and a great feeling and that is how they have trained to be fair. We have had some difficult weather days training wise but thankfully Thursday was more like it and we are hopeful Friday will be the same.

“Preparations have been good; we have added a new face which always livens things up. At the minute spirit is good and the injuries are getting better.

“Connor is a very good passer, has a great range of passing and has good energy. He can play either as a defensive midfield player or an attacking player and I think we are very lucky to get him.

“Fair play to Watford because they wanted one of their best young players out on loan to get some good experience. There are a lot of clubs out there that keep hold of their players even though they are not going to play enough Football.

“I have no doubt Connor will go back to Watford a better player with some very good game time here and good experiences.”

Peter said although the Wolves result was a positive one for the football club, he was quick to erase it from memory and ensure full focus was applied to the Colchester fixture.

He added:  “It’s been a good week, people have enjoyed being in but we have also got to realise that the Wolves game is out of the window and there is nothing we can do any more.

“We need to make sure we prepare correctly for Colchester.

“It’s my job to make sure that players didn’t all of a sudden think about the last game rather than playing in the next one. That’s why I’ve added to the squad because when I got the opportunity to come here as Manager the first thing I thought was how good we can make the team.

“That’s why the squad has slowly but surely strengthened and with people like Connor Smith coming in, that allows everybody not to get complacent.”

The Manager hinted another signing could well be made before the transfer window closes in a few weeks’ time.

He said: “There still might be one more, Donervon Daniels has gone back of course and we have just three centre halves in the building. If you go and get an injury it makes you very light.

“I know we have some other young lads here who are going to be good players but whether they are right for now, I’m not convinced.

“I may think about another central defender but I have been very impressed with Callum Davies. He has shown a great attitude coming off the bench and the way he is training.

“He has given me a lot more confidence to not rush in to things.”

To watch his video interview in full click here.


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