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Lyle: "We'll give Rovers respect, but we'll try and get a result out of it"

Charismatic Dons striker on facing up to the challenge of Lancashire giants

15 September 2017

Striker Lyle Taylor won't let past achievements get in the way, as AFC Wimbledon go in search of points at former Premier League champions Blackburn tomorrow.

"You only have to look back over recent history to see how big that club is," said the popular Dons front man in an interview to our premium iFollow channel.

"It's a big game, but we're not going to go into it with too much respect for them. At the end of the day it's a competitive game between 22 men on the field.

"We'll go there and give them the respect they deserve, but no more and we'll try and get a result out of it."

Lyle was in great form ahead of the trip to Rovers, including how he stays in control of his musical choices in the dressing room! A clip of the interview can be seen via a link to our official club YouTube channel below.

Lyle came close to getting off the mark for the season, in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Gillingham in League One. However, he was far from disappointed as he yet again reiterated the strong team ethic that exists between team mates.

"I said to Barchy (goal scorer Andy Barcham) that I could have wheeled away with my hand up - saying I scored and most people would have gone along with it, but it's a goal for the team.

"It was a goal that took us into the lead at the time, so it wasn't that important for me to claim it, as we were winning and with the chances we had – we had plenty more chances to score goals. Unfortunately, we were thwarted time and time again by their goalkeeper, but we'll keep doing what we did and creating chances and hopefully score more goals."

Taylor has enjoyed successful partnerships with first Bayo Akinfenwa and then last season with Tom Elliott. This season, it's a new dynamic that is still coming together – with Kwesi Appiah and Cody McDonald.

"We're working on it," said Lyle. "I had a good partnership with Bayo - because I knew exactly what he was going to do and we were in tune - then with Tom after that. It's something different and it's going to take a bit of time to get all the details right as they were before.

"I think it's definitely something we can work on because we're good enough players between the three of us, plus Barch, Harry (Forrester), George (Francomb) and other attacking players as well.

While it's been a frustrating start to the season, the Monserrat international remains optimistic about a change in the Dons fortunes – starting away to Blackburn on Saturday afternoon.

"It's no secret about how disappointed everyone has been on how things have gone so far. Hopefully Tuesday was a step in the right direction in rectifying that. Then we can go forwards and claim victories and more points, especially at places like this weekend."

The full interview with Lyle Taylor and the pre-match thoughts of Neal Ardley are available to subscribers of our premium iFollow Dons channel.

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