Nottingham Forest owned striker Lyle Taylor has claimed that Derby County did something that really wound him up back in January.

The Reds talisman left the City Ground during the transfer window in search of regular first-team football and signed for Birmingham.

There, he’s linked up with Lee Bowyer who got a tune out of the talisman at Charlton.

His debut was one to remember. His very first touch of the ball as a Blues player ended with Taylor putting his new club 1-0 up at Pride Park.

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Naturally, that didn’t go down too well with the Rams faithful on a day when they’d protested against the EFL.

Derby’s march through Derby City Centre singing about nothing but Forest had barely finished when Taylor pounced to open the scoring.

The Rams did roar back to claim a 2-2 draw with the last kick of the game and Taylor admitted the fans wound him up that day.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: “When you play for Forest and score on your debut for the team you’re on loan with against Derby, of course, I’m going to celebrate.

“I get a good ribbing from every team’s fans so I’m going to give a bit back, it’s all done in good spirits.

“I had so many people rushing down to the back of the dugout, because I had to come off with 10 minutes left, my legs were shot. People were hurling obscenities at me.

“Okay, there’s tribalism in football but is this really the world we live in now where you can just say whatever it is you feel like saying because someone scored a goal?”

Forest man Taylor has the last laugh over Derby

Derby could be all but relegated by the time tomorrow’s games finish. If they lose to Fulham and Reading beat Sheffield United, the Rams will be 12 points adrift with four games remaining.

For Taylor, his future is somewhat unclear. He does have a contract at Forest next season but it remains to be seen what the future holds.

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It does seem unlikely that he’ll earn a reprieve at the City Ground and the club could look to cash in on him.

Playing for Bowyer seems to get the best out of Taylor and if Birmingham are keen to do a deal, perhaps it’s one that will suit all parties.

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