Lyle Taylor has suggested that Brennan Johnson will have to go and see him for some tips after Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 with Sheffield United on Tuesday.
The striker has taken to Instagram to praise the City Ground supporters, his teammates for earning a point and to rant at the referee’s decision regarding a tackle on Johnson.
With the score goalless, the 20-year-old was seemingly felled in the box by Chris Basham. The referee, however, pointed for a defensive free-kick and cautioned Johnson for simulation.
The youngster was incensed by the decision, as were the Forest fans inside the City Ground. A look at the replay suggested that perhaps the Reds star was unfortunate to receive a yellow card.
Following the incident, Taylor has offered to coach Johnson. He’s made a sarcastic quip towards the officials that perhaps he needs to tell the Reds talent how to dive better!
Taylor played for just shy of an hour for Forest on Tuesday night. At the moment he does seem to be struggling for confidence when he starts as opposed to when he comes off the bench.
As with Lewis Grabban though, Taylor thrives on service. Against the Blades, the 31-year-old was restricted to half chances and that’s not ideal for strikers.
Was Johnson denied a penalty in Forest draw?
There is certainly an argument to say he was. Contact was minimal but Basham’s challenge was clumsy and saw him win none of the ball.
That said, Forest fans might have been unhappy had a penalty given against them for a similar challenge.
One thing that is clear, however, is that it absolutely wasn’t an act of simulation by the Forest man.
The challenge for Johnson is to just keep going. He dusted himself down on Tuesday and registered an assist for Grabban’s equaliser.
He is set for stardom and he just needs to curb his frustration somewhat.
As for Taylor, all he can do is keep working hard for chances. Grabban scoring from the bench certainly won’t have done his hopes of playing on Saturday any good, however.
The striker is a decent backup option for Forest’s main talisman. With the winter months on the horizon, he should get plenty more chances with the games coming thick and fast.
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