Taylor refusing to surrender Rovers moment

Danny Hollands and Ryan Taylor both claimed Pompey's second goal. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands and Ryan Taylor both claimed Pompey's second goal. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Ryan Taylor has refused to relinquish his grasp on the goal which gave him a memorable treble against Bristol Rovers.

The Bristol City old boy had a hand in all three strikes in the 3-2 victory which has taken the Blues to the brink of League Two safety.

His left-wing cross was rifled home by Adam Webster during the first half, while a far-post header presented Wes Fogden with the match-winner in the 70th minute.

There was also a dubious goal when Danny Hollands’ drive took a deflection past Steve Mildenhall.

It appeared to strike a Rovers defender on the way into the net, although Taylor is adamant he touched the ball a split second earlier and should be credited.

He said: ‘I touched it with the back of my left foot

‘It was a slight touch but I did it, so hopefully the goal will be given.

‘The defender actually touched it after me so they should give it to me.

‘I will try to claim anything!

‘It was probably going in anyway but I got a slight 
touch so we’ll see if it’s given to me.’

Pompey head to Northampton today (3pm) in the knowledge a point will ensure their safety.

Even defeat could clinch their place in League Two next season if results involving Rovers and Wycombe go their way.

Regardless, they head into the Sixfields clash buoyant having recorded four successive victories under Andy Awford.

Taylor added: ‘Bristol got in our faces a bit in the first half and put the pressure on but we showed great spirit to get the three points and a massive win.

‘It was a massive game, one we needed to win.

‘Now we have got to go again today and hopefully get what we need.’