Steve Cooper lauded the impact of Lyle Taylor after a memorable night for Nottingham Forest.

The 31-year-old stepped off the bench to score twice in injury time and give Forest a massive three points.

Taylor had scored once in 36 league games when he entered the fray at Ashton Gate.

The Bristol City faithful poked fun at his hair, despite it being dyed pink for charity, but it was Taylor who had the last laugh.

He stepped up to score a penalty when Djed Spence was fouled; before tapping home on the line after a Joe Lolley strike had been saved.

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Taylor’s only go during the last 36 league games had come on the opening day of the 2021/22 campaign.

Regular football has come at a premium since then and this offered Cooper a timely reminder of his striker’s quality.

 

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I really like him. I’ve known him for three or four weeks and have only been impressed with him.

“He’s a really interesting guy with some of the things he’s come through. He’s been good as gold.”

Revival: Taylor must use goals to kick on at Forest

Taylor hasn’t enjoyed a happy time of things at Forest. He’s largely been second fiddle and perhaps this was exactly the moment his confidence craved.

The Reds looked down and out as the clock ticked into the 91st minute. Spence getting fouled in the penalty area handed Forest a lifeline though.

Taylor showed some serious cojones to step up and cooly slot his penalty home. His second goal was just the icing on the cake.

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Competition for places is rife at the City Ground. Cooper has lifted the spirits and now a group of players look like they’re enjoying their football.

Taylor can benefit from a dose of TLC from his new head coach and after this, more opportunities could be just around the corner.

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