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29 January 2023

Club News


29 January 2023

STRIKER Dale Taylor says he is hungry to score the goals to guide Burton Albion to safety after he scored a sublime backheel on his debut to secure a vital 2-0 win against Oxford United.

Fellow debutant Zac Ashworth's venomous volley - which went in via the post and the back of Oxford keeper Simon Eastwood  - gave the Brewers a 40th minute lead at the Pirelli Stadium.

Things got even better for the Brewers only four minutes into the second period when on-loan Nottingham Forest striker Taylor backheeled the ball home from Tom Hamer’s cross. 

Speaking after the game Taylor admitted it was a dream come true to net on his debut.  

The Nottingham Forest loanee said: 'I feel absolutely unbelievable to be fair!

"Obviously scoring on my debut is a dream come true and the fans were amazing all day, the home support was excellent and hopefully we can do it again. 

"It doesn’t come much better than that - to be honest I’ve just seen the ball come in and thought I could get a wee backheel onto it and luckily I flicked it into the net.”  

Taylor was one of four new signings to make his debut for the Brewers, who have seen their last two league fixtures postponed due to frozen pitches. And Taylor was thankful for the extra time the squad have been given to gel following all those postponements.

The 19-year-old said: “Obviously, there were two games postponed which went in our favour as quite a new squad with a few new players coming in, but we’ve all started to gel and are doing well at the minute. 

“With us getting the win there’s a real buzz around the place I can already feel it so I can’t wait to hit the ground running again and keep going. 

“Hopefully we’re going to start climbing the table and get out of the relegation zone as that’s what we’re all here to do. 

“I’m here to score goals - we need to score goals to start climbing the table as that’s how you win games so hopefully I can do that throughout my time here.” 

Taylor claimed he’s very pleased to be given the number eight shirt at the Pirelli and is ready to gain vital experience to help him progress as a footballer and help Burton the process. 

He said: “Number eight is a real squad number and it’s also my missus' favourite number, so she was delighted with that! But to get the number eight and to go out and play is really special. 

“I haven’t played much men’s football in my career so just to get the feel of it will help and kick on after this 

“I usually play under 23’s which isn’t men’s football but tactically it’s sharp to be fair, but I just wanted to get out on loan and play men’s first team football.” 

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