Greg Taylor says it will require every man that pulls on a black and amber shirt to stand up and perform better in their respective positions, in order to flip United’s fortunes in Sky Bet League Two.
Despite another display on the front foot from the U’s at Crawley Town in which they out-performed their hosts across a number of areas, United were made to rue missed opportunities and a pair of soft conceded goals in defeat at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.
Taylor was frank in his post-match assessment and what United must do to improve, explaining: “We make absolutely no excuses. We all have to dig in, and perform better in our certain areas. Strikers have to score and defenders have to keep it out, it’s that simple.
“We all need to do our part in the team better. It’s a big team effort that is required.
“We were dealt a real blow and we’re absolutely distraught with the final result. We genuinely felt we were the better team but once again came out on the wrong side of the score.
“There were good chances to score throughout the game, particularly in the first half, but we were creative in the second half too and defended well. Unfortunately we didn’t take our chances and Crawley did.
“When you are not scoring, of course that applies pressure to other areas of the pitch, especially defensively. But we all have to look at ourselves.”
The U’s defender, who filled in at full back in place of the suspended Jake Carroll, was keen to deliver a message to supporters about the desire to bounce back from the U’s current position.
“It’s never easy when you’re not winning games. The one thing we can do, and we can assure the fans and everybody working around the Club that we are working as hard as we can.
“We will pull ourselves out of this situation. We’re backing ourselves every day by remaining positive.
“It’s tough but where we are now is a learning curve, and you must learn quickly.”
Adding on the importance of experience in these situations, Taylor said: “As a senior player in the squad, I have a responsibility and the young boys always look towards you. We’ve got lads who are 22 and 23, who aren’t young anymore and everybody needs to step up.
“As a team, including the staff, the boys out on the pitch, the lads on the bench or in the stand at the minute, we’re all together and we’re all one, fighting for the same thing.
“From there, we all need to pull in the right direction and fight for a win in every game we come into.”