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Burton Albion: George Taft simply happy to be playing

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

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WITH his pace, power and technical ability – not to mention his poster-boy looks – George Taft would not seem out of place leading the line for a football club, writes David Broome.

And it is a role the 21-year-old says he would be happy to perform for Burton Albion – if it helped the team.

But it is at left-back that the former Leicester City man currently finds himself plying his trade, and to good effect based on his early form for the Brewers.

“I adapt to both, centre-half and full-back, but I’ll play anywhere – if you want me to play up front, I’ll play up front,” he said.

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“Playing is the main thing, working hard for the lads and trying to put my shift in for the lads to make it easier for them, as they do for me.”

Taft certainly put a shift in against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Although team-mates Marcus Harness and Billy Kee eventually stole the headlines by setting up and scoring the goals that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory, Taft had been the stand-out player of an otherwise lacklustre first half.

“It was a different test but I think we’ve done well to come back and win,” he said.

“They came at us and put us under a lot of pressure.

“I thought we dropped off a bit to start and could have come out a bit faster, but games are going to come like that and we’ve just got to deal with it.

“We just had to stick at it. They were doing a lot of long balls and breaking off that.”

It was the second time in five days that Albion have come from a goal down to win, the first occasion being against Wigan Athletic in Tuesday night’s League Cup giant killing.

“It’s good to know we can do that,” said Taft.

“We shouldn’t give goals away too easily, but knowing that we can come back gives us all a boost.

“We’ve done it twice this week, and if we have to do it again – hopefully we won’t – we’ll dig it out and turn it around again.”

While Albion were beating the Latics, Dagenham had a gruelling two hours plus penalties against Brentford as they lost in the cup after an incredible 6-6 draw.

And Taft said that despite going a goal down, Burton always knew they would get a chance.

“We knew they played 120 minutes the other day, so we might just have the edge in terms of fitness,” he said.

“So the plan was to just not stop, keep driving at them and driving at them and try to nick a goal or two and then hold them off.

“There was probably a bit of disappointment because we know we’re better than that.

“It was probably the worst we’ve played, but we’ve played out of our skins so far.

“The goal has come from nothing, but we’ve reacted well to turn it around.

“We don’t want to drop off now, we want to keep working hard and make it four wins from four to keep the run going as long as we can.”

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