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Lyle eager to make amends

12 February 2016

Striker desperate for goals - whatever the quality

Lyle Taylor says that AFC Wimbledon need everyone pulling in the same direction to get the club’s play-off hopes back on track.

Wimbledon’s top scorer had struck five goals in six games to lead a charge up the table for Neal Ardley’s men, but then came that defeat to Yeovil two weeks ago, before a postponement at Bristol Rovers left the squad frustrated.

“There are no easy games in this league as our result against Yeovil showed,” Taylor told Dons Player. “It’s going to be another tough match, but we will go out there to try and win the game. It was not too much of a problem for us to deal with the defeat. We need to get on with it and go again.

“I don’t know too much about Luton because I was suspended when we played at their place earlier this season. Coming off the back of an indifferent result is the hardest thing and that’s when you need everyone pulling in the same direction, including the fans, players, and management.”

Speaking to WDON’s Rob Cornell, Taylor said there had been friendly banter among the strikers about who had scored the goal of the season so far after Bayo Akinfenwa nominated Tom Elliott’s strike at Notts County.

“I did have something to say about that straight away and I said my half volley against Hartlepool was better,” Taylor quipped. “But at the end of the day it doesn’t matter, it’s in the back of the net. Whether it comes off your backside or off your foot, it’s still a goal. You don’t get an extra goal for sticking it in the top corner. I’ll remind Tom of that!”

One Dons striker who did net in midweek was Ade Azeez in a 1-0 win for the development side at Millwall and Taylor is full of praise for his commitment to the cause.

“Ade always wants to play and get better,” Taylor added. “He always wants to learn and improve – that’s the great thing about Ade. He has his attributes, but also weaknesses too and he wants to improve upon those.”

The full interview with Lyle Taylor, along with Barry Fuller’s thoughts on facing Luton, and Neal Ardley’s update are all on Dons Player.

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