Team spirit is best I've seen, says Burnley new boy Taylor

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

SUMMER signing Matt Taylor has declared Burnley’s dressing room bond the best he has been involved with, and believes they can use their togetherness to their advantage in the Premier League.

The 32-year-old former Portsmouth and Bolton midfielder is set for his 12th consecutive top flight season after joining the Clarets on a free transfer from West Ham United.

And he admits he is not fazed by the bookmakers tipping his new club for an immediate return to the Championship. For he believes what the club lack in financial clout compared to their Premier League peers, they make up for in team spirit, and he feels that can take them a long way this season.

“I’m really looking forward to the coming season. It’s one that we can look on with huge optimism,” said Taylor.

“Obviously everybody is going to write us off as a club and as individuals but we’ve got a great collective spirit.

“I saw it from watching games last season. There are a great bunch of lads here.

“I believe we’re in for a positive season.

“There are no cliques within the squad. It’s probably the best dressing room I’ve been in, in terms of camaraderie.

“There’s a great understanding of each other and a great respect for each other and that’s a big thing within football nowadays.

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“That word’s used a bit flippantly, but there’s a good respect between the players.

“If you can earn each other’s respect, especially the respect if your peers, you’ve got half a chance.

“I think we’ll be okay this year.”

Taylor’s wealth of top flight experience was one of the reasons he was earmarked as a transfer target by Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

But he says he has not yet felt the need to take on the role of mentor for the club’s younger players.

“Not really, I don’t think there’s a huge amount of that needed. The boys here are really level-headed,” said Taylor, who is encouraging the Clarets to make Turf Moor another factor to work in their favour against English football’s elite.

“I probably liken the football club to when we got promoted with Portsmouth,” he added.

“The ground itself is an older style ground like here, their changing rooms for the away teams aren't wonderful.

“It’s got that feel about it.

“The ball goes out for a goal kick and you can hear what the fans are saying to you.

“You are close to the fans. That was something we turned into a positive for us, because we loved playing there, we had 18,000-19,000 fans behind us screaming for us.

“People didn’t like going there. They don’t like it when they arrive, the changing rooms aren’t as nice as they’re used to, there aren’t as many away fans as there normally are, maybe things aren’t quite as prim and proper as they’re used to, and we turned that into something that was a real game changer for us at Portsmouth.

“I believe we’ve got the opportunity to do that here.

“That’s not gamesmanship or anything, that’s just genuinely the reality of it.

“Playing here isn’t going to be like going to Old Trafford and that’s the reality of it.

“We can’t get away from that, so any little thing that we can maybe turn in our favour, great.”

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10:29am Sat 9 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

The words arse, handed and plate spring to mind for our game against Chelsea, and Mister Taylor here will fall into his usual surrender monkey role with aplomb.
The words arse, handed and plate spring to mind for our game against Chelsea, and Mister Taylor here will fall into his usual surrender monkey role with aplomb. AnotherPounding4Burnley
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10:43am Sat 9 Aug 14

. AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

More negative predictions. Top moaner for a Burnley fan.
More negative predictions. Top moaner for a Burnley fan. . AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -8

10:55am Sat 9 Aug 14

garry_stockton says...

AP4B what a sad retarded no dad toerag you are. Get a f_cking life !!
AP4B what a sad retarded no dad toerag you are. Get a f_cking life !! garry_stockton
  • Score: 16

11:24am Sat 9 Aug 14

milnrow claret says...

Comments from the witless keyboard warrior aside.

The team spirit in the dressing room is no news and has been the same for years. Still, it's nice to see that the new lads are settling in and it means a lot for a player of his experience to be saying it.

How are things up the road in deadwood? Your ragtag outfit of sponging pirates getting along ok? Enjoy that league position while it lasts sweetheart. I have a feeling it will be your highest position in league football for a long time.
Comments from the witless keyboard warrior aside. The team spirit in the dressing room is no news and has been the same for years. Still, it's nice to see that the new lads are settling in and it means a lot for a player of his experience to be saying it. How are things up the road in deadwood? Your ragtag outfit of sponging pirates getting along ok? Enjoy that league position while it lasts sweetheart. I have a feeling it will be your highest position in league football for a long time. milnrow claret
  • Score: 16

11:36am Sat 9 Aug 14

garry_stockton says...

Welcome Milnrow Claret neighbour! nice to have a bit of local support.
Tell me why no one is mentioning the Baptiste assault last night, the referee was urine poor, yet he booked Cardiff players for far less contentious tackles
Welcome Milnrow Claret neighbour! nice to have a bit of local support. Tell me why no one is mentioning the Baptiste assault last night, the referee was urine poor, yet he booked Cardiff players for far less contentious tackles garry_stockton
  • Score: 6

11:43am Sat 9 Aug 14

milnrow claret says...

We have an abysmal record with referees so we tend not to notice that you get a lot of 'homers' who tend to be biased in favour of the crowd. They're going to need a lot more than favourable referees if they're looking to join their larger and more successful neighbours in the greatest league in the world though.
We have an abysmal record with referees so we tend not to notice that you get a lot of 'homers' who tend to be biased in favour of the crowd. They're going to need a lot more than favourable referees if they're looking to join their larger and more successful neighbours in the greatest league in the world though. milnrow claret
  • Score: 5

1:01pm Sat 9 Aug 14

andy1 says...

The reason the away players dressing room and cricket field stand is like it is is simple if the Tramps from Trampwood Park come it makes them feel they are in luxury surroundings compared to run down areas like Shadsworth. In fact the seating is so luxurious two of their relatives dressed like women had to be arrested on attempted theft they wanted for their unfurnished pads last season.
The reason the away players dressing room and cricket field stand is like it is is simple if the Tramps from Trampwood Park come it makes them feel they are in luxury surroundings compared to run down areas like Shadsworth. In fact the seating is so luxurious two of their relatives dressed like women had to be arrested on attempted theft they wanted for their unfurnished pads last season. andy1
  • Score: 11

5:56pm Sat 9 Aug 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Where's he been again - Portsmouth, Bolton and West Ham, strugglers every time and now he's with a deluded bunch who are just about to naively walk into a humiliation. Lets see what he says come November.

To the impersonator who's been busy over the last couple of days - thanks for the salute to my work. You can't destroy the TurfMoorTom 'brand'. The words are what's important, not my account name or real identity. You can't beat me with thumbs or impersonation as I'm not fussed about either. Basically, just like your forsaken team's upcoming season, you simply can't win. Keep wasting your time though.
Where's he been again - Portsmouth, Bolton and West Ham, strugglers every time and now he's with a deluded bunch who are just about to naively walk into a humiliation. Lets see what he says come November. To the impersonator who's been busy over the last couple of days - thanks for the salute to my work. You can't destroy the TurfMoorTom 'brand'. The words are what's important, not my account name or real identity. You can't beat me with thumbs or impersonation as I'm not fussed about either. Basically, just like your forsaken team's upcoming season, you simply can't win. Keep wasting your time though. TurfMoorTom
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7:09pm Sat 9 Aug 14

ZomZom@thePark says...

Haven't seen much in the way of winning from the blue and white chicken pluckers either including last nights toothless performance in front of goal, but you'll be alright though, you have Varney and Brown to call upon.. Oh hang on, they're even worse aren't they?
Haven't seen much in the way of winning from the blue and white chicken pluckers either including last nights toothless performance in front of goal, but you'll be alright though, you have Varney and Brown to call upon.. Oh hang on, they're even worse aren't they? ZomZom@thePark
  • Score: 1

12:12pm Sun 10 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Got to take my hat off to you lot, the team spirit that Dyche has instilled is fantastic. I think it will serve you well going forward. I only wish Mr Bowyer had an ounce of that Sean Dyche magic then we might not look like such a soft touch. I fear for the future of my club with all this FFP talk, I'm starting to think we might not pull through.
Got to take my hat off to you lot, the team spirit that Dyche has instilled is fantastic. I think it will serve you well going forward. I only wish Mr Bowyer had an ounce of that Sean Dyche magic then we might not look like such a soft touch. I fear for the future of my club with all this FFP talk, I'm starting to think we might not pull through. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: 2

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