Team spirit the key for Diss boss

Diss Town boss Robert Taylor has attributed his side's solid season to a superb team ethic within the camp and a willingness to play football from the players.

The Tangerines currently sit in fourth position in Ridgeons Division One, only one point outside the promotion spots - and Taylor believes the success is down to the player's hunger and spirit.

'The success this season is down to us having a group of players that want to play football,' he Taylor. 'They don't get paid much but they just want to play on a Saturday afternoon and get better as a footballer. We've got a good bunch of lads who get on well with each other. We have a good team spirit and don't have any big-time Charlie's at the club.'

Taylor, who was once brought by Manchester City for �1.5m, claims that consistency must be the key if his Diss Town side are going to clinch promotion.

'We have a good chance of promotion; we have just got to keep improving all the time,' he said. 'I firmly believe we can beat any side in Division One on our day. It's just getting that consistency that you don't get with some young players, but we are learning all the time and hopefully we will continue winning our games and finish in that top three.'

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The former King's Lynn and Dereham Town manager believes Diss Town would be well equipped to compete in the Premier Division if they where to achieve promotion.

'I think we could handle it in the Prem,' he said. 'I have been there before with Dereham. I can see similarities between that Dereham side and my current team at Diss. That Dereham squad found success having been together for three years, and it is the same with us, it is our third year together and I think we would handle ourselves well.

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'Obviously, we will have to add two or three more experienced players to our ranks. But, you get more time and space on the ball in the Premier which would suit us.'

Taylor also claims that a lack of squad depth has proved a difficult obstacle to overcome in his quest for promotion.

'All the players are good players,' he said. 'As a team we have had ups and downs with players such as injuries and suspensions. Which has highlighted some frailties within our squad but that is the main problem with not having a very big squad. This has has let us down on a few occasions this season.'

One player Taylor singled out for praise is young striker Jordan Rocastle.

'He's only a young lad playing his first full year at this level,' he said. 'He has recovered well from a knee problem and is now banging in the goals. Although, on a whole it's all been about the team effort , the team ethic this season has been superb.'

With Rocastle scoring for fun and with a manager who scored over 100 league goals a player, the sky could be the limit for Robert Taylor and his Tangerines.

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