Striker sums up progress since he joined Dons
Lyle Taylor said that the faith shown in his ability by Neal Ardley has been a “massive” factor in his superb form for AFC Wimbledon this season.
club, including loan spells, at the age of just 25, but the London-born striker said he feels at home here after striking 11 goals so far this season. thWimbledon is Taylor’s 13
Dons Player features interviews with Taylor, Barry Fuller, Karleigh Osborne and Neal Ardley, plus extended match highlights, after the win against Mansfield.
Speaking after the stirring fightback yesterday, Taylor said: “For a manager to put his trust in me is massive. No one has free rein, but on the pitch I have licence to do what I think is necessary to help the team win the game. It is nice to have that trust from the manager and it is paying dividends for me now.”
Taylor added that beating Mansfield yesterday showed the progress made by the squad – and a willingness to work for each other.
“I don’t think we are going to come up against an uglier team in this league,” said Taylor. “They do what they have to do to win the game and we came out on top because we were better than them and fought harder than them.
“I am sure the manager will have touched upon it in his interviews, but the work-rate and willingness from players to do their jobs is phenomenal. You can see players picking up positions that are not their positions.
“You could see Barry Fuller up the pitch and putting in a cross while I was filling in at right-back. Next Barry is back at right-back, Andy Barcham has gone up top, and I am doing a job in the middle. It is things like that. It’s not just me, it is every single one of the boys out there. If a job is there to be done someone has to do it.”
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