Taylor feeling the pressure
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The game was watched by the lowest crowd at Villa Park in eight years and the result saw many angry fans calling for the head of Taylor.
The Southampton defeat was Villa's sixth in 10 games and for the seventh game this term they failed to score.
Taylor is aware that the fans are unhappy and admits it is his responsibility to turn things round.
"The pressure builds on everybody if you've had the start that we've had," said Taylor. "It was our sixth defeat so the pressure does build.
"People will apply pressure on you and a lot depends on how much pressure you can control yourself but people will put pressure on you in a number of ways.
"There are some very disappointed people - and I can understand that. I don't like it but I can understand it because the results aren't there.
"I am a manager responsible for results and I've never ducked that in 30 years of management. That's my responsibility and if the results aren't there, I expect to be criticised.
"The reaction I got from the fans is what you would expect in the position we are in. You are going to get that in this day age. It's as simple as that.
"When you suffer your sixth defeat and lose 1-0 at home to a side in mid-table near yourselves, the people have got to take it out on somebody and the manager is invariably the person who will suffer in that way.
"We are not scoring goals. We had chances again but whatever chances came our way we seem to be snatching at them."
Meanwhile, Taylor insists that the club will not be appealing against Peter Enckelman's sending-off against Southampton.
The Finnish goalkeeper was unlucky to see red with Turkish defender Alpay appearing to be the guilty part in bringing down Saints striker Brett Ormerod in the box for the winning penalty, but Taylor revealed that Steve Bennett would not reverse his decision after viewing the incident.
"The referee has looked at the video and decided that he's got no reason to change his mind and we have to accept that," Taylor told the club's official website.
"So there's no point in us wasting our time appealing. We'll just get on with it, knowing that Peter misses the game against Fulham."