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Lyle: we must be patient

15 April 2016

Top scorer's message to the fans ahead of Crawley game

Lyle Taylor has saluted Wimbledon’s “brilliant” fans, but he has appealed for patience in the pursuit of vital points during the run-in.

Tomorrow’s match against Crawley is the first of four home matches - the other two are away - during the remainder of 2015/16 and Taylor is eager to end his first season with the club on a high.

Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Taylor said: “Their support is massive. We need them to be patient, but loud in the right way. We’ve had four games out of five away from home and every single one of the supporters has been absolutely brilliant. If that continues I’m sure it will be okay.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here from the very first day. It’s been important for me to have the support structure here and at home. That’s part of the reason it’s gone well. I’ve had ups and downs the same as anyone and the same as our season, but we want to sign off on a good note in our last six games and hopefully have a few more after that. We have five games coming up in the next two weeks so we need to be on it during that period. Hopefully, the last game can be a nice send-off for the fans before the hard work starts again.

“Teams down near the bottom are there for a reason, but they always say beware of a wounded animal. I think that’s the problem we’ve had when we’ve come up against teams down near the bottom. Sometimes we are a little bit over-cautious. When we play against the teams higher up the league we have nothing to lose. If we lose, we lose, but if we win it’s great for everyone.”

Taylor has been pleased with his own form this season after plundering 18 goals so far, but he was quick to recognise the contribution of strike partner Tom Elliott.

“We have a partnership and an understanding,” added Taylor. “I almost feel a little bit bad because I would like Tom to get some more goals. I know as a centre-forward it is hard when you are not scoring goals. The way Tom has been playing lately he has been unplayable. As long as that continues and the team keeps winning. I am sure he will not mind. 

“You have seen the impact that Bayo and Ade have had coming off the bench. It is massive for us that we’ve got that in our squad. We need to keep utilising that to get us where we want to be.”

Lyle Taylor’s full interview with WDON’s Rob Cornell posing the questions is on Dons Player, along with a full update from Neil Cox.

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