TFF’s George Sanders spoke to Rotherham United’s lively winger Jon Taylor on how he thought the season would transpire for the Millers, as well as gaining a brief insight into the world of football from the hard-working player’s perspective.
Hi Jon, firstly what do you think was the main cause of the defeat against Gillingham?
“I don’t think there’s a specific reason behind it. We just didn’t perform very well on the day. We got one back and we looked like the only team that was going to go on and win the game, and then they score from a corner to make it 3-1. The score line looked bad but they only had 4 or 5 shots I think.”
The Gills, who came into the game as underdogs, ended Rotherham’s run of five consecutive wins at home with a 3-1 victory at the AESSEAL New Yok Stadium.
The Millers are currently 7th in the league table, would you have hoped to be in this position at this point at the start of the season?
“I think with the squad we’ve got, we should be a bit higher up. We’ve dropped some points in games where we should have won which is disappointing. All that matters is getting promotion at the end, whether it’s automatic or through the play-offs.”
How do you prepare before going into a game?
“I have the same meal before a game, which is pasta. I think most footballers have that. The night before and on the day of the game I do loads of stretches. I like to think about the game in hand and previous games and generally think positively. Sometimes I watch videos back of goals I’ve scored too.”
Do you have any superstitions?
“No, definitely not! I think a lot of footballers do have superstitions but I don’t know anyone’s in the team. I think they just keep them to themselves because they’re probably just little things.”
Who is your best friend in football?
“My best friend in football is also my best mate in life, Connor Goldson. I’ve known him since I was 15. Then I’d say Joe Newell who plays for us, I was with him at Peterborough too and we get on really well.”
“We do room together, yes. Even though he’s so annoying! He snores all the time and I struggle to sleep but I’ve recently got some ear plugs to cope, they’re very good!”
Which football club did you support when you were younger?
“Liverpool, which was down to family influence.”
What’s your favourite goal that you’ve scored?
“Probably my goal against West Brom (for Peterborough) that was on TV. I’d say that because it was a Premiership team in the FA Cup.”
“My best one maybe technically that I’ve scored… *after some debating * It’s maybe the goal against Portsmouth because that one was televised too. It was a good run more than anything else!”
Finally, what do you think Rotherham United can achieve this season?
“With our squad we should be getting promoted, we said that in pre-season. Despite the fact that we’ve recently lost 3-1 and even though our away record hasn’t been good, the performances have been.”
Many thanks to Jon Taylor for speaking to me. Rotherham United’s next fixture is a trip to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday in the FA Cup.
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