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Lyle: hard work pays off

1 November 2015

Striker sums up reasons for return to form

Lyle Taylor said that all of Wimbledon’s strikers are feeling the benefit of extra work on the training pitch after he continued his prolific scoring run against Hartlepool.

It’s now nine goals in three games for Wimbledon with Taylor (pictured) netting four of them, including a goal of the season contender yesterday.

Interviews with Taylor, Dannie Bulman, Jake Reeves and Neal Ardley, plus extended highlights from the win against Hartlepool are all now on Dons Player.

Speaking during a post-match interview with Rob Cornell, Taylor said: “It’s a good dynamic that we have with the strikers. We have a laugh, but we all work hard. We are sometimes taken apart from the group to do our attacking stuff. I think in the last few weeks the attacking work we have been doing has paid dividends. Often we will go down early to work on finishing, repetitive things like that, and our shape.

“It is thanks to Simon Bassey and the manager because they are the two who take us through these sessions and it is making a difference for us. I have not seen anyone work harder at the club than Ade Azeez, especially in the gym. It says a lot about him and about his willingness to get better.”

Taylor is now showing the goal scoring form that made his signing a priority for Neal Ardley and he’s delighted with the way it is working out for him at Wimbledon after a difficult start.

“We were just saying in the dressing room that it is such a good squad,” added Taylor. “We have a lot of good players and to be around the boys is brilliant. On a day to day basis, everyone comes into training with a smile on their face and I cannot imagine a better working environment. To come back so well since the Morecambe game is testament to the character and togetherness in the squad.

“When I got suspended it allowed me to get fit. Before the manager was saying ‘Lyle, you are not working hard enough’. But it was not a case of not wanting to put the effort in, it was a case of not being able to. I managed to put hard graft in during those three weeks and I think everyone can see the difference now.”

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