Lyle Taylor has told BBC Radio Nottingham that there is an art to his penalty-taking technique after Nottingham Forest beat Bristol City 2-1.

The striker stepped off the bench in the 81st minute and scored twice in injury time to send the Reds into the top half of the Championship.

Taylor hadn’t scored since the opening day of the season, whilst he’s barely been utilised during Steve Cooper’s time in charge.

The 31-year-old offered a timely reminder of exactly what he is capable of though with a brilliant brace.

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His first came from the penalty spot and his run-up is certainly unorthodox to say the last.

Starting outside the area, Taylor walked to the ball and then cooly sent Dan Bentley the wrong way in the Bristol City goal.

Taylor works tirelessly on his technique and discussed it with Colin Fray after last night’s game.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “I probably wasted a bit of time with the walk up but that is what we are capable of and that is what is in this group.

 

“I can’t say there is an exact science to it but it’s an art. It’s definitely an art. It’s something I work on every single day. Every day at training I’m taking penalties with the goalkeepers.

“I will probably miss one at some point but thankfully that wasn’t today.”

Taylor will take confidence from Forest heroics

The Reds faithful won’t mind who takes penalties as long as they keep going into the back of the net.

Taylor’s record with them is pretty good too. During his career, he’s scored 23, with two coming for Forest, and missed only eight.

His last miss came during a CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier whilst playing for Montserrat.

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Taylor last missed in club football during the 2018/19 campaign when Peterborough goalkeeper Brendan Moore denied the striker during a 1-0 defeat for Charlton.

He has now converted his last 12 penalties and Forest fans and Cooper will hope that he can continue coming up trumps for the Reds.

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