Speaking after Charlton’s vital 2-1 win against Barnsley on Saturday, goalscorer Lyle Taylor expressed his delight at being on the scoresheet and heaped praise to fellow striking partner Andre Green as well as highlighting the fans undeniable part in the win.
Scoring the opener, the striker was pleased to be on the scoresheet again with his eighth goal in 15 appearances this term and he insists that those are exactly the sort of goals he thrives on.
“I’m glad that I’ve scored, it’s always nice to score goals and, at the end of the day, it’s my job," explained Taylor.
“It’s a poacher’s goal, it’s a strikers goal, they’re the ones we live for. It’s always nice sticking the ball in the top corner from 25 yards but the ones from five, six, seven or eight yards are the nice ones and it’s something that you have to be in the right place at the right time and that’s all it is for me.”
The 29-year-old singled out fellow striker and January loan signing Andre Green for praise with his performance and attitude after he bagged Charlton’s second of the afternoon during a difficult week, days after his grandfather passed away.
“Me and Dre (Andre Green) were a real handful and I have to heap praise on him because he had a tough week with family stuff," he said.
"For him to turn up and do what he did today, you can see what his goal meant to him, so it’s a massive, massive pat on the back for him and for the team because we needed that today.
“I started cramping just before half-time, just minor little cramps and then after half-time my legs were going," added Taylor.
"I couldn’t sustain that level of effort, but Dre did a lot of my running and fair play to the boy. He deserved the three points and definitely deserved the goal.”
The fans made their presence felt during the match and let the team know that they were right behind them. That didn’t go unnoticed as Taylor acknowledged the importance of their support.
“It helps us massively knowing that, in our times of lows in our performance during the 90 minutes, we’ve got the wall behind the goal screaming and shouting and urging us on and that always helps.”
“I think there were two blocked shots [from Barnsley] and someone hit the bar and I heard their fans start making a little bit of noise and then ours just drowned them out. That’s what we needed at that time. The fans drag us through when we’re having tough moments”
(Article by Khalifah Al Shallal)