Shaun Taylor still confident he can turn round Torquay United's alarming slump in form
Torquay United's 'stand-in' manager Shaun Taylor has insisted that the current slump is not new territory for him as he tries to lift the Gulls before a hugely important game away to fellow npower League Two strugglers Aldershot Town tomorrow night.
United will travel to Hampshire after taking only six points from 11 games, and with the Plainmoor board expected to bring in a new man to give Taylor some managerial help at some stage this week.
Taylor, who enjoyed a distinguished playing career with Exeter City, Swindon Town and Bristol City before going into coaching, stressed in the wake of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Rochdale: "I've been in these situations before.
"The only way is to go back in on Monday, do your work, fight through it and, hopefully, you get your rewards eventually."
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People watchers hoping to spot a significant face or two at Spotland might have been disappointed.
All sorts of currently unemployed managers have been linked with a role at Plainmoor, while manager Martin Ling tries to recover from what the club described last week as "a debilitating illness".
Former Accrington and Rochdale boss John Coleman sat just in front of the Torquay directors on Saturday, but his old club Stanley are in even bigger trouble than United at the moment.
There is talk of a possible return for Liverpool-born Coleman to the Crown Ground – and the Gulls go there in three weeks' time.
Since United chairman Simon Baker has said that an appointment is more likely in time for Saturday's visit of second-placed Port Vale to Plainmoor, all eyes will be skinned again at Aldershot tomorrow.
Of the Rochdale defeat, Taylor said: "You can't fault the effort and endeavour.
"I was disappointed with the goal we conceded – it was poor collectively as a team."
He agreed that Rene Howe's seventh-minute miss, when he was through with home goalkeeper Josh Lillis to beat, proved crucial.
"If you take that one, the whole aspect of the game changes. Getting that first goal is very important to getting a platform for a performance," Taylor added.
"Rene normally takes them, and he's put us in many good positions with his goals, so I couldn't really fault him then.
"I thought we huffed and puffed in the second half, without really doing enough.
"Billy Bodin had a couple of penalty shouts in the first half, but I'm more disappointed with the one on Ryan Jarvis in the second half. The referee thought about it, but then didn't give it.
"Everybody in this league is beating each other, as was proved in the results again today, but we need to get some points on the board."
Taylor is confident that defender Aaron Downes (head) and midfielder Lee Mansell (knee), who both needed stitches for injuries at Rochdale, will be fit for the Aldershot game.