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Taylor “buzzing” to be up and running

Matty Taylor described the “great feeling” he enjoyed after netting his first goal of the campaign in last night’s Carabao Cup third round win over Premier League Stoke City. 

The former Bristol Rovers frontman was handed his first start of the new term under the Ashton Gate lights, following his return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines. 

With the game goalless, Taylor was denied by the woodwork moments after the restart - with Famara Diedhiou converting the rebound - and the 27-year-old says it was a relief to see his angled strike nestle into the far corner in the 61st minute, booking City’s place in the fourth round for the second successive year. 

“I probably should have scored two, but I am over the moon to get on the scoresheet and we got the win so I am buzzing,” he told the club’s in-house TV channel, BCTV

“I thought my initial effort was going in and I couldn’t believe it when it came back off the post. However, as we practise in training, Fam (Diedhiou) followed it up and I was buzzing for him to score. 

“Thankfully I got another effort midway through the second half and I took it on my left, putting it across the keeper and it went in, which sealed the win.”

WHAT HE SAID

“I probably should have scored two, but I am over the moon to get on the scoresheet and we got the win so I am buzzing”

Man of the match Matty Taylor

Lee Johnson made nine changes to the side that overcame Derby County in BS3 on Saturday, while the Potters made six alterations following their defeat at Newcastle United last time out. Despite the change in personnel, Taylor believes the hosts’ performance demonstrates the sheer quality of City’s squad. 

“We were so energetic tonight and I thought we were the better side for the majority of the game and deserved the win,” he continued. 

“It just shows the strength in depth we have here. We all trust each other and we listen to the gaffer in training and implement what he wants us to do. Hopefully we can continue to have more nights like tonight.

“We will now wait and see who we draw in the next round but I hope it is one of the big clubs away - that would be a nice present for the boys!”

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FITNESS CONTINUALLY IMPROVING 

Recalling his recent game time and fitness, Taylor added: “It is a bit better after tonight but I am probably still a bit behind the other lads.

"I have only featured a couple of times for the under-23s but it’s all in the bank now and hopefully my fitness will improve each day. 

“I was just about on my last legs when I got taken off. I think I played longer than the gaffer wanted me to and I am pleased with myself.”

CANARIES NEXT UP 

City return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday when they make the long trip to East Anglia to face Norwich City, before Bolton Wanderers visit Ashton Gate on Tuesday, September 26th. Tickets for both fixtures remain on general sale and can be secured here.

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