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Currie: “Harry Taylor is incredible; he can play anywhere”

14 August 2019

Bees boss Darren Currie was full of praise for Harry Taylor following last night’s 1-0 defeat at home to Dover Athletic.

Inih Effiong popped up with a stoppage time winner for the Whites, putting an end to the Bees’ unbeaten start to the season.

However, despite being disappointed with the result, Currie highlighted Taylor’s brilliant contribution.

“Harry Taylor is incredible; he can play anywhere. He tries his absolute socks off for the badge wherever I play him so credit to him, he deserves it.”

The boss also indicated that the players need to remind themselves of the positives and also highlighted how good it was to have Ricardo Santos feature again last night.

“Having Ricardo back on the pitch two games in three days is a plus. We’ll have to see how his knee fares over the next few days in respect of the weekend.

“It could have been another point and another small step in the right direction with plenty of things to improve on but it’s a defeat and we have to dust ourselves down and remind ourselves about what we’ve been doing well.

“People talk about goals from open play, we need to improve on that so that will be one of a few things we’ll be working on going into the weekend.”

Currie then went on to say how well his side dealt with Dover’s set pieces despite being dealt a blow in the final stages.

“It’s disappointing to concede in the manner that we did. The only way they were probably going to score tonight was from a set piece.

“They’re a hard-working team that are a threat from set pieces. I thought we handled them well and even the one they scored from, we got the first touch, we just didn’t pick up the second touch from Loach’s save.”

The Bees did well to keep the ball but improvements are still needed going forward, according to the boss.

“I don’t want to spend too much time looking at Dover, I want to look at ourselves and myself and tonight we moved the ball too slowly in the first half with a real lack of purpose at times.

“A couple of times we were quite threatening. I talk about time on the ball and runners in behind and we had enough time on the ball that we didn’t have enough options in behind and down the sides, a lot of it was in front of them so that was frustrating because it’s something we’re big on.

“Then in the second half, we didn’t sustain any attacks and we didn’t really retain the ball well enough. Although, it looked like we may have scored once or twice on the counter-attack.

“We didn’t really get in their half and then sustain it and putting passes together in their half, so it became a bit of a basketball match which I don’t like them games because they can go either way.

“We weren’t in control of the game but we most likely dominated the ball statistically but it’s irrelevant and I want us to pass with a purpose.

“I would still be disappointed if it finished 0-0 but it didn’t so I’m disappointed.”

Currie also gave an update on the transfer front in regards to a new striker but praised the current forwards who are continuing to impress the boss.

“If I keep talking about the new guy who could potentially be coming in that hasn’t come in yet, I don’t want it to have an impact on the guys who are already here.

“They’re trying their best, Simeon’s just got three in four games so he’s tried his best.

“Shaq is closer and closer so I know what I’m working with at the minute, I know what they’re capable of and all I’m looking for is someone to give us a different option.

"I don’t want to keep speaking about it in case it has an effect on the boys who are trying to do their best for us at the moment.”


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