Lyle Taylor felt that the quick start set Nottingham Forest on their way to victory against Cardiff City yesterday.
The forward’s fifth goal of the season after just three minutes was enough for Forest as they booked their place in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup, with Taylor praising the defensive performance of the team to shut out their opponents.
Speaking after the game, he said: “It was a good start from us, a really good start, and defensively we were very, very good. It was deserved on the balance of chances, we didn’t dominate the ball but we did enough. We are through, it is a clean sheet and a 1-0 win.
“They had a lot of the ball but you see from the team shape, I can’t remember a save that Smudger (Jordan Smith) had to make and that says it all. We can sit here and say that they had this many shots and they had that many shots, but how many of them troubled Smudge? There was one that dipped on him a little bit and was a difficult pick-up, but he did it, that is his job. He kept a clean sheet so he is happy, we are all happy and the fans are happy with getting through and we will see on Monday night who we get.”
Taylor expertly volleyed home from Gaetan Bong’s cross for the game’s decisive moment, and he knows that taking chances when they come is vital with games so tightly poised.
“Anytime you put the ball in the back of the net, as long as it is the right net, is a good day,” he said. “Whether it is three points or as it is in the cup, through to the next round, it is a good day. I am happy with that, it is a good finish and against my mate as well which makes it better so I am pleased with that.
“It makes a difference and it gives you something to hold onto. Even at 0-0, you know you are one good chance away from winning the game. It makes all the difference, whether you are 0-0 or 1-0 up.
“You see last week at Preston, it was 0-0 and we were in the game, then you get a chance and it is a goal. That’s what makes the difference, being in the game. If you are 1-0 or 2-0 down, you know you have a mountain to climb. This league is all about winning by the odd goal, you see it every single week with 70 or 80 per cent of the games won by the odd goal. It is very rare that you will see a 3-0 or 4-0 in this league, it is so competitive.
“I know that today’s game wasn’t in the league, but it is two teams in the same league and it is the same in the cup for us. It is small margins and making sure that you are on the right side of those margins.
“We have to work so hard, it is one of the gaffer’s pillars of our performance, that we work hard and that is back to front. That is not me and Grabbs excluded, we are included in that and we are expected to put a shift in so that is what we have to do.”