Nottingham Forest forward Lyle Taylor was pleased to get his account for the club up and running with the equaliser against Derby County.
The forward struck with 15 minutes to go to level the scores and he knows that despite the much-improved second-half performance, The Reds need to start matches in that manner.
Speaking after the game, he said: “There’s no bad time to score a goal, but if you want to open your account, this is the time to do it.
“I’m really proud of that and I’m proud of the way we finished the game. In the second half, we were so much better than we were in the first half and I think, with that mentality and the togetherness we do have, we will go on and pick up a lot more points because it gives us something to build on.
“We just have to build from an even platform rather than going down one before we really impose ourselves on the game. Then I can see us picking up a string of results and getting ourselves up the table.”
The East Midlands derby without fans was a very different occasion, something that Taylor recognised could have made a big difference in swaying the result Forest’s way had there been a capacity crowd on Trentside.
He said: “We have plenty to work on, but if we can start games the way we are finishing games, then you will see teams on the back foot for prolonged periods. Especially here, but by the same token it is difficult because there are no fans, so there is no one to create that atmosphere and that bit of urgency.
“In the second half, you can see from the way that Harry Arter played, he set the tone and the tempo of the game. That is so important without the fans here, H will carry on doing that and we will carry on the front foot. We need to start on the front foot and we will be okay.
“I’ve seen this place in midweek, and it goes off. I can’t wait for the fans to be back because they are football. Without them it is not even the game we remotely enjoy. I hope they are back in soon because that will give us the biggest lift, to have them right behind us.”