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Match-winner Lyle takes pleasure from putting in the hard yards for survival

Interview with scorer of all-important goal against Charlton

11 April 2018

By Rob Cornell

Far from simply basking in the glory of his match-winning strike against Charlton, Lyle Taylor spoke enthusiastically about putting in the hard yards to help Wimbledon to safety.

Though delighted to hit the goal trail once again, playing his part in a team performance full of hard work and grit also meant a lot to Lyle.

Speaking during an extensive interview for iFollow, Lyle said: "It's my job and I quite like the challenge of tracking someone and having to make a tackle. It is different and not something I get to do all of the time. I watch Barry Fuller do it all the time, he is really good at it. He will run alongside and then nail you! On Saturday I put in a strong tackle on Neil Bishop and I managed to track back and help the team again. That's all I am doing, helping the team.

"Thankfully, the chance dropped to me and I put it in the back of the net. There has been plenty of times when I've not put it in the back of the net and I am sure people will not forget those. Let's use the good times as motivation and use those moments as fuel for the fire. We are going to do everything we can, and the fans are going to do everything they can, to push us on. It has got to be enough because this club can't go down. I don't want this club to go down, not on my watch."

See below for a short clip of Lyle's interview for our iFollow channel.


Lyle praised his team-mates for showing the character to dig in for victory and he rated last night's atmosphere as arguably the best he had experienced since joining the club.

"I think from 1-18, all the staff, and all of our mental fans who were singing, shouting, and having a great time, we were brilliant. Let's not lose that. Our fans were brilliant and we have to thank them, I will do that on behalf of the team. In the last 10 minutes the noise was unbelievable. That's a massive credit to our fans. We really needed them. We dug in during the first-half and defended really well. In the second-half we managed to pass the ball a bit more and we were better than them. We got the goal in the first-half from a slip, but we've had more than enough go against us this season and it's about time we had the luck turnaround.

"I knew Deji from growing up in the same area and from playing against him before. He is a very good footballer and that's before you take into account what a good defender he is. That's not to discount how much of an influence Robbo and Darius have had on Deji and Will this season. It was unfortunate to see Will come off because he's been really good for us recently. Will and Deji had been fantastic together, but then Darius came on and he was fantastic."

The full interview with Lyle is on iFollow and you can also watch extended highlights of last night's match, plus Neal's post-match reaction, on our premium channel.

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