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Taylor Laments Chance That Got Away

Matty Taylor was delighted to get on the scoresheet for City on Saturday – but was also left ruing the one that got away.

The former Bristol Rovers marksman bagged the opening goal of the six-goal thriller at Pride Park, where City ran up a three-goal advantage before succumbing in the second half.

With the score at 3-1 in the second period, Taylor had a chance to score his second and City’s fourth to kill the Sky Bet Championship clash as a contest.

However, as Joe Bryan’s cross flashed across the six-yard box, the striker managed to lift the ball over the top of the crossbar.

Speaking to Bristol City Player HD, Taylor said: “We played so well in the first half and got ourselves into a great position but threw it away.

“I was delighted with the goal; Flinty (Aden Flint) got his head to the ball and after it was blocked on the line, I was there to put it in.

“I’m more disappointed with the miss – if I score that then it’s probably game over.

“Joe (Bryan) did brilliantly to get to the byeline and put it across goal. He reckons he hit it hard but that’s a bread and butter finish for me normally.

“I probably thought I’d scored before I’d touched the ball. It hit my heel and went over. At 4-1, there would have been no way back for them.

“It’s a draw but it feels like a defeat really. We had a game plan and wanted to win the game. We executed that perfectly for the first half.

“As soon as they got their goal, the crowd got up and there was a momentum swing. They managed to claw their way back.

“We’re three unbeaten and the majority of people would probably have taken a point at Derby, but when you’re 3-0 up it doesn’t feel like that.”