CHARLIE TAYLOR played such a big part in getting Saturday’s much-needed win at MK Dons, earning a penalty and getting a goal just after celebrating his birthday on Friday. Can he have his birthday every week?!
For me, Charlie was absolutely immense and the kid just seems to be getting better and better with every game.
The world is his oyster and, even at his young age, Charlie is probably the best left-back in the Championship at the minute.
When you want someone to grab a game by the scruff of the neck, you are probably looking towards more of your experienced and older players.
But it is young players here at Leeds who are doing that. On Saturday, it wasn’t Lewis Cook, but Charlie. He was driving down the left and really taking the game to MK Dons.
His positive and direct run into the box, where defenders don’t want people running at them, got the penalty and then he showed a little bit of skill and determination for his goal.
He’s got such a big heart really and wants to drive in, create something and make it happen.
Fair play to Chris Wood with the penalty as well. He wanted to put things right after Doncaster and got the ball rolling with a well-struck spot kick.
Charlie’s grit and determination for his goal was great and he unleashed a real thunder-bolt into the bottom left-hand corner. What a great way to finish your birthday celebrations off.
Charlie, even from last season, has just been getting better with every game. He’s getting more mature and has been so consistent from the start of the season and has been one of our better players.
I was also pleased for Marco Silvestri who answered a few critics after last Tuesday. That is what happens with football players and when you play in certain positions such as goalkeeper, you are scrutinised more than say midfield players as it’s such a crucial part of the team.
We all know he’s a great shot-stopper, that goes without saying, and he pulled off some fantastic saves and was a big part of the win.
Overall, when analysing the game, when you look at the chances for MK Dons and the handball decision, you have to say everything seemed to go our way and we had that little bit of luck you need in games.
But we have been on the end of bad decisions in games before and it was about time we got a penalty. It’s been a long time.
For us, MK Dons was a good game after the Ipswich game to turn things around and get that positive reaction that you are looking for from the players and staff and we have gone out and done that.
Yes, we made it hard for ourselves, when it could have been a bit easier if we were a little bit more positive if we had played more in their half. But we have got over the line and got back to winning ways which is more important.
For me, the final parts of the game were a bit like the Bristol City away game and we are a better side when we are attacking than we were defending and trying to absorb pressure. What we should have been doing is turning them and playing in their half and causing them more problems as they were the team looking to get that first goal back.
We could have kept the ball better. I don’t know what the possession percentage was in the second half, but it must have been a lot more in favour for MK Dons as we never really had a sustained period where we kept the ball.
We never really got going and weren’t positive enough. We just kind of absorbed pressure, but you should know how fragile a two-goal lead is and it’s about getting the next goal. Then, the game is done.
If your opponents get it, they are right back in the game and that is what happened at MK Dons. We huffed and puffed, although it is about getting the three points on the board ultimately and that’s what we did.