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Lyle dedicates FA Cup double to the memory of one of his family

Dons striker on his poignant celebration

3 December 2017

Rob Cornell

Lyle Taylor was quick to dedicate his FA Cup double to the memory of a family member who passed away just yesterday.

Speaking after his two goals helped AFC Wimbledon into the third round, Lyle said: "My aunt passed away yesterday morning, so it's tough, but that was for her. I'm going to spend some time with my family and we'll get through it.

"It's good to be into the third round. It's what we wanted in the build-up to the game and we've managed to achieve that. In my opinion, it was a really good team performance for us to get there.

"The cup is massive for our fans. The cup can be a massive catalyst to good performances for a sustained period. Hopefully that's the case and it will push us forward. Everybody knows what happens when you play against some of the big clubs, it could be Arsenal or Manchester United, and end up really benefiting this club. Who knows? We could get a really big tie and keep going. We'll find out on Monday and plan from there. My preference for the third round would be Man United away."

Lyle had praise for his strike-partner Cody McDonald, who opened the scoring for Wimbledon early in the first-half.

"Cody is a good player, but ultimately Cody is a good goal scorer," said Lyle. "You give him half a chance and he is going to score a goal.

"If that ball dropped to me where it dropped to him, I'd have probably have tried to score first time, but he took his time, took a couple of touches, and went back across the defender, who had got himself on the line. It's something that goal scorers do and Cody is that – he is a goal scorer.

"The understanding between the front four is really coming together. We do a lot of work with Simon Bassey and the gaffer on how we interact with each other on the pitch and it seems to be bearing fruit. Long may that continue and hopefully that will mean a push up the table for us."

The Dons striker was also full of admiration for goalkeeper George Long, who yet again pulled off a remarkable save in the second-half to deny Charlton a way back in to the tie when he pushed a deflected effort on to the crossbar.

"George Long had no right to save it. I know Josh Magennis and he'll probably be disappointed with the fact he didn't manage to put the ball in the back of the net, but George has absolutely no right on this planet to save that!

"I think that's the mark of his quality and his ability as a goalkeeper that he saved it. It was an unbelievable save and he almost made it look routine. He's an unbelievable goalkeeper and he's a great lad with it. We thank the efforts of George and the team and the fans, because I thought they were brilliant today."

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