Armband is Taylor made for for striker

Ryan Taylor led from the front. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Taylor led from the front. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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  • Taylor handed captain’s armband for first time
  • Striker would love to continue in role
  • Hitman’s crucial goal makes it five in six at Fratton Park
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RYAN TAYLOR spoke of his pride at sinking Plymouth while wearing the captain’s armband.

And the striker admitted he would love the chance to continue as Pompey skipper after taking the role for the first time.

It was a special moment to have the armband and lead the players out at Fratton Park in front of a big crowd

Ryan Taylor

Taylor got the crucial goal in his side’s 2-1 win over the play-off chasers at Fratton Park yesterday. That ended a run of four games without a win for Andy Awford’s side as they picked up their second success in nine.

Taylor led the team out in front of a crowd of 16,581 – and admitted that was a special moment in his career.

Taylor said: ‘It’s a nice feeling and a first for me to have the armband and lead the players out at Fratton Park in front of a big crowd.

‘I’m proud to do that, get a goal and get a win.

‘It’s unexpected really but we got the three points so, you never know, I might get it again next weekend!’

Taylor rose high to head the crucial second goal in the 76th minute after Jed Wallace put Pompey in front early in the second half. Olly Lee thumped in a reply to make it a nervy finish.

The goal made it seven in the last 11 games for the 26-year-old – and five in six at Fratton Park. He isn’t planning on letting up over the final four games.

Taylor said: ‘Dan Butler has put in a brilliant ball and I’ve managed to judge the flight well and get a good connection on it.

‘It’s been pretty good for me lately. Hopefully I can just keep it going and carry on over the last few games. It’s not holiday time yet.’

– JORDAN CROSS