Taylor: I’ll prove what I can do

Ryan Taylor was thrust into Pompey action at Oxford on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Taylor was thrust into Pompey action at Oxford on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
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Ryan Taylor reflected on his Pompey debut and insisted: Give me games and I can make a striking impact.

The 25-year-old was granted a Blues bow against Oxford on Saturday, just 48 hours after signing an 18-month deal.

He arrived at Fratton Park having made just three starts in a frustrating season for Bristol City, before leaving on a free transfer.

At the Kassam Stadium, Taylor partnered Patrick Agyemang in attack.

Although the duo rarely threatened, with the new boy coming off in the 90th minute due to cramp.

The goalless draw represented a third clean sheet in four matches for the Blues, as Barker’s defence received the plaudits as it continues to look the part.

But the hard-working Taylor believes his performances can only increase with more match action.

He said: ‘I’ve had three starts and come on five times in the last 10 minutes or whatever for Bristol City, I’ve not played for two months now, hence me cramping up.

‘I tried to work hard on Saturday and towards the end struggled with my fitness. But the more games I get I think the stronger and fitter I will get and I’m looking forward to playing some games.

‘I did alright in patches but, as you could see, I was a bit off it at times – just through lack of fitness, really, and my touch was a bit off.

‘But that’s down to lack of football, so the more I play the better.

‘That is not the best of me. Hopefully I can show everybody what I can really do.

‘I’ve signed for 18 months and I’m looking forward to cracking on now.

‘The fan base is crazy. For a League Two club to be getting 15,000 at home is incredible, and I cannot wait to play in front of them at Fratton Park.’

While the Blues failed to net, Taylor and Agyemang helped defend from the front to ensure another shut out.

Neither side did enough to warrant a victory, with barely a chance created by either team during the match.

Joe Devera, though, would have won it late on, had he managed to connect with Jed Wallace’s free-kick at the far post.

Yet Taylor was impressed with the result.

‘It was always going to be hard going to Oxford, they are doing well in the league,’ added Taylor.

‘But it was a good point for us, we got a clean sheet, and if we could have nicked one at the other end then we would have been looking up the table.

‘You have got to take the positives from that game and push on next week.

‘The work-rate we showed from the off was a massive positive, and if we can build on that now and take that into the next game we have a good chance of getting up that league.

‘It was a bit of a scrappy game in patches. I don’t think we will be taking the DVD home of that game but it was a good point.’