It was a bittersweet afternoon for Nottingham Forest Under-23 talisman Dale Taylor earlier this week.
The Reds came up against Group B leaders Bristol City and were forced to settle for a draw.
Taylor opened the scoring after just three minutes but saw the Robins roar back to equalise when Saikou Janneh scored.
Forest had a golden opportunity to win the game when they were awarded a penalty in the closing stages.
The Northern Irishman isn’t short of confidence and stepped up to take responsibility from 12 yards.
His effort was saved by Harvey Wiles-Richards, however, with Taylor having to settle for one goal.
Forest are still nicely poised to win a place in the end of season play-offs and Andy Reid will hope to get back to winning ways soon.
Taylor’s form has been pleasing though. Despite his bittersweet time of things against City, he has now scored three times in two outings.
The 17-year-old began the season playing with the under-18s and immediately hit the goal trail.
Since the turn of the year he has made the step up to first-team action and is thriving in Reid’s ranks.
What next for Taylor?
He’ll be delighted to end the season as a regular with the under-23 ranks and the fact he’s scoring is a real bonus.
The youngster made waves in Northern Ireland, scoring a first-team goal for Linfield at the age of just 15.
He looks set for a bright future in the game and in Reid he has a mentor who knows all about making an impact at Forest.
Taylor comes alive in the penalty area and despite his penalty miss, he’s set for an exceptionally bright future at the club.
The Reds aren’t blessed with lots of striking options and Chris Hughton could have a look at Taylor during pre-season.
Another alternative is a loan move. The likes of Brennan Johnson, Tyler Walker and Jordan Gabriel have all benefited from loan stints previously and Taylor could be next.
In the short-term he will hope to continue on the goal trail when Forest’s under-23s takes on Cardiff City at Meadow Lane next Friday.