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Lyle: Joe has earned respect from his team-mates

Interview with top scorer after victory against Blackpool

21 January 2018

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Lyle Taylor was quick to salute Joe Pigott's impact after his debut goal, but he also had high praise for the players in the squad who don't grab the headlines.

During an extensive interview for iFollow after yesterday's match, Lyle said: "The fans want to see exactly what Joe did, he put himself about and he was a handful. When I came in for training on Tuesday at Carshalton he took some rough treatment from a few of the boys to be fair! I think that was almost a little welcome; 'this is what we expect and this is what it is going to be like'. In football you earn your respect. You earn the respect of the other players. I think you could see from the celebrations out there that he has earned that and in the fastest time I have seen any player earn it at this football club. It took me a few months, but Joe has earned it quickly. Hopefully that will settle him down and there will be a lot more to come from him in the last 19 games."

Lyle was also asked in the interview if opening goalscorer Liam Trotter gets the credit he deserves for the job he does for the team. "No he doesn't, and nor does Tom Soares," said Lyle. "Joe has come in and made an impact and it always seems to be the attacking players who get the plaudits: me, Cody, Barchy, Kwesi, Harry, and now Joe. There is a lot of unseen, dirty work that goes on in the middle of the pitch. I personally see it and I know as a team that we are thankful for the jobs that they do. If we all do our jobs we tend to win and that happened. We thoroughly deserved the win."

Rob Cornell's full six-minute interview with Lyle is available via the link above. Interviews with Neal Ardley and Joe Pigott are also available to watch on iFollow, plus extended highlights can be viewed from 12 noon today.

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