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19 December 2020

Kyle Taylor says Southend United will be looking for a more complete 90 minute performance this weekend away to Mansfield Town.

Blues picked up three points in midweek against Grimsby Town but were below par in the first half, which the midfielder admitted wasn’t good enough.

Attempting to make it a third win in as many games, Taylor said the motivation of moving out of the relegation zone is a big one when Mark Molesley’s side go up against Nigel Clough’s side on Saturday.

“We’re going there with confidence,” said the Bournemouth loanee.

“It’s two wins back-to-back, and even before those two wins we felt as though we deserved wins in other games but the results didn’t go our way.

“We’ve carried on fighting and now we’re not far off jumping out of the relegation places.

"As a team it’s about doing our jobs and more importantly making sure the performance is right and then the result is the product of that.

“At the moment it’s always looking up [on the table] so it would be nice to look up and back.

“It’s more about the performance, making sure that we do our individual roles and working together as a team. Hopefully results come from that which they have in the last two.

“The first half on Tuesday we know wasn’t good enough by our standards but the second half we improved.

“It’s about making sure that we try and get 90 minutes as good as we can and then get the three points.”

Taylor came off the bench against Scunthorpe United and then was subbed off after starting against Grimsby Town as he builds up his fitness following a month out injured.

And he’s delighted to be back on the pitch and contributing, which he did with his first senior goal on Tuesday night.

“When I first did the injury I thought it was going to be a few days, if not a week, and then I found out it was grade two and it was four weeks," the 21-year-old added.

“That was gutting at the start but I’m just happy to be back and involved.

“I feel fit. I need to manage my game time at the moment and build things up. It was 30 minutes first and then 60 minutes on Tuesday so hopefully I’m pushing towards 90 now.

“But when I came off on Tuesday I felt good and as though I could carry on, but it’s better to manage things.

“To grab a goal I was delighted with too. It was my first goal so I'm obviously going to be pleased with it.

“Everyone wants to score a goal but it depends on my position in the team.

“If I’m a bit higher up then it’s in my interest to get assists or goals but if I’m a bit deeper you might have to do a bit more defending and control the middle of the pitch a bit more.

“The two wins back-to-back is great so hopefully we can keep that going.

“We’re looking to build on that and if we can keep the momentum going then it should put us in a good position to start climbing the table.”

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