Taylor: Plenty more still to come

Ryan Taylor Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Taylor Picture: Joe Pepler
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Ryan Taylor surveyed his impressive goalscoring start to his Pompey career and insisted: It’s just the beginning.

The 25-year-old slotted home a match-winning penalty in the 1-0 win at Wycombe in midweek, having opened his Blues account in the 1-1 draw with Mansfield.

With two goals in four games, it’s the one-in-two ratio that most strikers see as a benchmark of goalscoring success.

But while Taylor is satisfied to have hit the ground running, he believes he can do even better when he regains his full match sharpness.

‘It was nice to get off the mark quickly and to get another one was great – especially as it was the winner,’ said Taylor.

‘Strikers want to score goals but it was an important three points at Wycombe. We needed it.

‘Any striker wants to make a good start at a new club.

‘And two goals in four games isn’t a bad ratio.

‘If you get off the mark early, it can only help.

‘I’ve been in the position before where I have struggled to get that first goal and it weighs on your mind.

‘The more games you go without scoring, the more the pressure builds on you.

‘At my last club, I struggled with injuries and it took it out of me, to be honest.

‘But I have put them behind me now and I want to kick on here.

‘I’ve made an okay start but I need to push on and build on that.’

While the former Bristol City man struggled with injuries during his stint at Ashton Gate, the striker feels he is improving with every game at Pompey as he rediscovers his fitness.

He said: ‘It’s brilliant to be playing regularly.

‘I’ve not played a great deal of football in the past few months.

‘To get four full 90 minutes in the past two weeks is great for me.

‘Now I’m starting to feel sharper and I think people will see the best from me in the weeks to come.’

The new striker is also determined to extend Pompey’s four-match unbeaten run as they host struggling Torquay tomorrow in League Two.

‘It’s a tough game against a team that is around us so we need to be winning games like that,’ added Taylor.

‘We’ve got a chance to get a run going and there is not much of a points gap between all of the teams down there.

‘But if we can get another three points, we will start looking up the table, rather than below us.

‘It will be an even more positive dressing room.

‘It wasn’t the best performance against Wycombe but we defended well and we got the win.

‘That has really boosted the confidence and we need to take that on now.’