Cheltenham Town video: We've found the midfield balance now says Taylor
JASON Taylor believes the system used by Cheltenham Town in last week's victory at Dagenham and Redbridge has given them the balance they had been struggling to find this season, writes Jon Palmer.
Taylor had started all three of the Robins' League Two victories going into this afternoon's home match against his former club Rochdale (3pm).
Boss Mark Yates is expected to name an unchanged line-up against Keith Hill's side, which will mean Taylor and skipper Russ Penn either side of the deep-lying Matt Richards, with Jermaine McGlashan just in behind front pair Jamie Cureton and Byron Harrison.
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Taylor said: "The shape suited us against Dagenham and it enabled Matt to get on the ball and they didn't seem to deal with it early enough.
"By the time they did the game had gone I think.
"We deserved the win and we were a little bit unlucky with their goal, but we dug in and scored the second to get the win.
"Every game is important, but things had not been going well, so it was a big one for us and we needed the points to start climbing up the table."
Taylor enjoyed a promotion success with Rochdale under Hill's management in 2009/10 during a long-term loan spell from Rotherham United.
He knows what to expect from a Dale side led by Hill, who returned to Spotland after a spell in charge of Championship club Barnsley.
"They will definitely be organised and the manager will have them passing it," Taylor said.
"I am not sure they have the budget they used to, but I think they will be there or thereabouts this year.
"The manager built it up from scratch a few years ago and he's now started that process again."
Taylor was part of the Rochdale side that won 4-1 at Whaddon Road during their promotion campaign.
"Keith Hill was brilliant for me and I have fond memories of being there, but the focus on Saturday will all be on us getting three points," Taylor said.
He is happy to have played his part in Cheltenham's victories over Accrington , when he netted the winner, Wimbledon and Dagenham.
The 26-year-old has been putting in extra hours at the gym to improve his sharpness.
"I am at my best when I am playing week-in, week-out and quick games in succession," he said.
"It's a nice fact that I've played in our wins, but hopefully there are a lot more to come now."