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YOUTH: I knew I was going to score it

19 November 2015

Carl Taylor on the FA Youth Cup victory over Doncaster

Goalscorer Carl Taylor spoke to the Official Website after his penalty saw the Blues through to the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup.

The midfielder said: “It feels great to get that win. I don’t think the performance is what we wanted, but we’re happy that we got the win and progressed into the next round.”

“It was brilliant to bounce back from that defeat against Bury and get back to winning ways.”

In what was a closely fought encounter, Taylor admitted his team had to persevere: “We just had to keep going through this game. We knew it was going to be tough but we kept our heads up and got the win.”

“The game was a bit cagey at times. The decision at the end almost went for Doncaster but the linesman saw the offside. It’s a good win for us.”

Rovers proved a tough opposition for the Cumbrians, and Taylor was expecting this: “We knew Doncaster would be a tough test for us. We had them in the Youth Alliance Cup last season and beat them in that, and it was nice to send them home again with nothing.”

And on the penalty which decided the tie, the midfielder was surprisingly relaxed: “It was a great feeling. I knew I was going to score it and I love taking penalties so there were no nerves. I was always going to take that penalty.”

He also paid tribute to teammate Aaron Bradbury whose excellent run won the penalty: “It was a brilliant run from Aaron, even though I was screaming at him to pass. He does that kind of thing in training every day and it really helped us in this game.:

Next up in the FA Youth Cup is a home tie against Preston North End, and Taylor sees no reason the Blues can’t progress further: “Preston are in our league and are a good team, but if we perform as well as we can then we should be fine.”

Before that, however, the Youth Team face Aspatria in a rearranged Cumberland Cup tie on Saturday  in something which Taylor believes will be a test: “We’ll go into the game full of confidence and hopefully we can get through to the semi-finals. It will be a different test to what we’re used to, but we need to deal with that and get the win.”

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