A big part of Barrow AFC’s successful switch to being a possession-based team has been the partnership in midfield between Jason Taylor and John Rooney and the way they both complement each other, say The Mail.
Both players arrived during the summer, from AFC Fylde and Guiseley, respectively, and they’ve brought different strengths that have made them into an effective pairing.
Rather than both trying to add the same thing to the team, a la Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, Taylor mainly screens the back four and acts as a conduit between defence and attack.
This has freed Rooney to push higher up the pitch when the Bluebirds are in possession and, with the two of them comfortable on the ball, they play a key role in helping them often dominate in that area.
What’s more, they’re two of the more experienced heads in Ian Evatt’s young squad, with Taylor even captaining the side this season in the absence of regular skipper Josh Granite.
Taylor said: “Obviously myself and Roons have played in the majority of the games together and we feel like we’ve hit it off.
“We complement each other quite well and we both work really hard, so hopefully we can be that spine of the team.
“There’s good competition for places, though, so it keeps us on our toes week in week out.
“I feel like we’ve been getting the right balance when we play together – we started the season playing more of a 4-3-3 before moving to a 4-2-3-1, so it’s nice that we’re flexible in the systems we’ve got.”
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