We have to nurture Taylor not boo him - Robins

Last updated : 20 September 2008 By Bigrich.....
After coming in for fans criticism last week, Ryan Taylor is the subject of a 'lay off' plea from gaffer Mark Robins; "We have to nurture him. Not kill him." he said.

"The crowd getting on Ryan Taylor's back doesn't help. I can understand the supporters' frustrations and that they have a voice and want it to be heard but at the same time we don't want to destroy one of our own. Ryan came back preseason and looked outstanding but there's people wanting to jump on his back and I took him off last week to protect him.

"I want the supporters to give him the space to improve otherwise we won't bring players through and you might as well scrap the youth system and buy all our players and then you'll come a cropper because you can't buy them.

"It's a mental thing with Ryan, He has everything in his locker and sometimes he can't reproduce it and then he hates himself. He gives himself so many nightmares.

"I think the supporters would like to see that he has that little bit more endeavour and that he cares but he has a style that suggests he doesn't and that makes you angry at times. I've had that with him as a first team and as youth team manager. He has so much talent there that you have to give him the opportunity and then it's down to him, but we have to nurture him, not kill him."

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