Lyle Taylor on netting against his former club

Lyle Taylor was pleased to get on the scoresheet against his former club as his 13th goal of the season helped Charlton towards all three points against AFC Wimbledon at The Valley. 

The striker opened the scoring on the hour mark of a match played in torrid conditions, which saw both sides reduced to 10 men during the first half. 

Taylor poked home from Nicky Ajose’s cross, while substitute Mark Marshall rounded up the scoring in the dying minutes as the Addicks celebrated a sixth win from seven league games. 

And speaking exclusively to following the 2-0 victory, he revealed that, despite finding it difficult to see the Dons bottom of the table due to his affinity with the club, he was happy to ‘twist the knife’ to get the job done in SE7. 

“It’s always nice to score,” he explained. 

“But it’s hard to see where they are at the moment and to then twist the knife a little bit, but at the end of the day, I’m paid to score goals and I’m happy with the three points.”

“We had to scrap,” he continued.

“In the conditions, regardless of whether we had 10 men or not, it was never going to be a good or pretty game because it was horrendous out there. But we got the job done and, in the last five minutes, Marshy come on and puts a gloss on it and makes it a bit more comfortable. 

“I’m really happy for Marshy that he scored and for Nicky to get an assist and it seems to be that people are coming off the bench and making a difference so that really helps us.”

Meanwhile, Taylor revealed that he needed an injection in his toe to be able to play through the pain barrier following the injury he sustained during the midweek heroics at Fratton Park. 

“I didn’t play through pain in the end because I had an injection in my toe,” he said. 

“My toe is black and blue at the moment. I didn’t want to do anymore damage so I was a bit reticent to get the injection, but I had to do what I had to do, I got through it and it’s ok.”

“It’s going to be a tough Christmas with Gillingham, Coventry, Barnsley, Walsall and Sunderland in the next five,” added Taylor. 

“It’s not going to be easy, but we’ll grant and do everything we can to get as many points from those games as we can.”


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