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Posted Friday, February 12th 2021

‘We always demand better’– Moore

Taylor Moore sees an “important period” ahead as City look to improve their results, starting with Saturday’s trip to Vicarage Road.

The centre-back returned to the starting XI in Wednesday night’s Emirates FA Cup exit to Sheffield United and will be vying for a spot against Watford, as Dean Holden loses Alfie Mawson to a knee injury.

With 18 games remaining in the Sky Bet Championship, City are entering the business end of the season but are seeking better results of late after three, successive league losses which leaves them six points of the top six.

Full interview: Taylor Moore pre-Watford

Improving standards

“Results haven’t been as good as what we’ve wanted in the league,” Moore told Robins TV. “We’ve come up against some tough teams but it’s another tough team and challenge [against Watford] but one I’m sure we will embrace.

“As a team we know that Cardiff performance was below our standards,” he added, with the Severnside derby loss a week ago their last outing in the league.

“Now the season is on, we’re heading into the business months where everything matters. It’s an important period coming up and we know we need to up our levels, we need results to finish the season strongly.”

Taking the positives

There were positives to take from Wednesday’s FA Cup action at Bramall Lane, not least the fact that City did well to stand up against their Premier League opponents for so long in a 3-5-2 formation, while 18-year-old Academy product Ryley Tower impressed on his club debut.

Moore said: “Going back to the 3-5-2 formation, which we worked on a lot in the last year, it was interesting playing against a Premier League team. Unfortunately, we came up short but we’ll take a lot of positives from that going into Saturday.”

And on his fellow defender Towler, Moore continued: “He’s deserved that debut and put in a good performance on the night. He’s worked really hard, he’s been around the first team for the last six months, he’s deserved that opportunity so credit to him and to the Academy.

"You see it in all the boys coming through here. That’s due to them but also people in the club like Brian Tinnion and the gaffer who is willing to put them into the position and give them the opportunity. At the end of the day it’s up to the player, and if they work hard then the rewards are there.”

Coming back stronger

The defender has now featured 25 times for the Robins over the course of the campaign.

After a strong start to the season, Moore found himself struggling to get minutes on the pitch - such is the nature of the game with congested fixtures and competition for places - but he now hopes his hard work behind the scenes, alongside his hunger and desire, will help him back in the side.

“It’s never easy having a few months where things don’t go right but that’s where you have to knuckle down, work even harder and make sure when you’re back that you come back better than before,” he said.

The boys go again

And even with the games coning thick and fast, Moore stressed he and his teammates have no excuses.

Reflecting on the impact of midweek matches amid a busy schedule, Moore said: “Sometimes you’re back from a game in the early hours of the next morning, you’re back in training that day and you go again.

“Especially this season the games are crammed in but we’re dealing with it - there are no excuses from us. We know whoever starts on Saturday can go out and put a good performance in.”

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