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Gillingham boss Peter Taylor is keen to see his Gillingham team play the ball out from the back in League 1

28 December 2013
by Luke Cawdell

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor believes that the Walsall way is the right way.

Sunday’s opponents like to play the ball on the ground and it’s something he’s been attempting to drum into his own team since taking over as manager in October.

Walsall, under the management of Dean Smith, head to Priestfield sitting five points off the League 1 play-off positions.

“They are a good young team and play from the back,” said former England caretaker boss Taylor.

“Every now and again we do it. But I think maybe we could do it a bit quicker, if and when we do it. A lot of the teams are looking that way.

“There are certain ones who don’t but the majority of teams are looking to play a little more football.

“I think in English football, with the FA and the academies and centres of excellence, they are really pushing to play from the back and help the young players become better players and that’s the way it should be.

“We should teach them the right things, play from the back, play football and if they make mistakes by playing too much football as a kid, that’s not a bad thing.”

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