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Skubala full of praise for team as Taylor gets off the mark

17 February 2024

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Skubala full of praise for team as Taylor gets off the mark

17 February 2024

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Michael Skubala was a happy man as his team made it three wins from four games with a 1-0 success over Exeter City, extending his side's unbeaten run to seven games.

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Imps 1 Exeter City 0

17 February 2024

Joe Taylor scored his first goal for the Imps after 67 minutes to decide the game, as Skubala's men made it back-to-back home successes following last week's victory over Fleetwood Town.

The head coach was delighted to see Luton Town loanee Taylor get off the mark in City colours.

He said: "Joe loves scoring goals, you can see that, and he was just snatching at a few the last few games. When he went through, I was praying he'd score, just for him. I knew when he started scoring he'd get more and more at this level. I think this will settle him down a bit and he'll kick on now."

Victory extended City's unbeaten run to seven games.

Skubala said: "That's coming off a basis of being strong, hard to beat, and having a punch at the top end of the pitch.

"It was a great win for the lads. I thought they were brilliant throughout and we dominated most of the game. Tactically Exeter caused us some problems but I felt our lads were tactically fantastic.

"We knew they'd keep the ball well and try to play through us, and we had to make some adjustments at half-time to make sure we get at them a little bit more. We knew we'd get chances through the transition and the counter-attack.

"I thought the matchplan the lads stuck to was fantastic and in the end our quality showed. The lads are tired but they've done really well.

"I'm looking across the team and everyone had a really good performance. Not only have we got competition for places at the moment, but the ones who are coming in are impacting the game. That makes decisions harder for the week after, so it's really pleasing."

Skubala concluded with an injury update, as attacker Reeco Hackett missed out as a precaution.

He added: "Reeco is okay. Something's flared up and we think it's a bit under a knee, so we decided not to risk him. I think he'll be back in training in midweek, ready for the away game.

"Freddie Draper (ankle) could be a few weeks. Adam Jackson, with his broken nose, could be a couple of weeks away."

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