Cheltenham Town video: Goal hero Jason Taylor hopes he has future at the Robins
JASON Taylor hopes he still has a Cheltenham Town future after making a match-winning return at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
Out-of-favour from the start of the season, Taylor made a request to go out on loan in search of first-team football.
But after his side leaked 10 goals in the opening four matches, boss Mark Yates deployed former Rotherham man Taylor in a defensive midfield role at the Crown Ground.
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He not only protected the back four with a typically no-nonsense display, but the 26-year-old also netted the only goal of the game in the 71st minute to seal Cheltenham's first League Two win of the campaign.
Taylor stressed he was not unhappy at Cheltenham, but he doesn't want to spend the season sitting on the bench.
"I don't want to leave the club, but I want to be playing games and that's what the whole of pre-season training was for," said Taylor.
"I asked the gaffer if I wasn't going to be playing, would it be best to get games elsewhere because I want to be match fit.
"I know that will be hard at times because we have a good squad here, but hopefully I've done enough to be in his plans for the next game because it's all about playing matches for me."
Cheltenham called on Taylor in a bid to tighten things up after a 3-1 home defeat by Plymouth Argyle a week earlier.
He said it was exactly the type of battling performance they needed to pick up three points for the first time this term.
"It was a gritty away performance and what we needed after the Plymouth defeat," said Taylor. "We needed to get back to basics and we've done that.
"My job was to try and give the lads more protection because we've shipped a few goals, but we stopped that on Saturday."
Taylor is not known for his goalscoring exploits, with four in the past two seasons combined, but he popped up in the right place at the right time to earn the points for Cheltenham in the second half.
"I wasn't even supposed to be in box, but I gambled, it fell to me and I hit it on target," said Taylor.
"Sam (Deering) should have set me up for a tap-in at the end too, so I could have scored twice, but the most important thing was the clean sheet and three points.
"Browny (Scott Brown) has not had a save to make and we looked solid down the middle.
"We tried shutting up shop because we've not started the season well, which the league position shows.
"It was not pretty at times, but we had to turn up and be men, which is what League Two is all about."
Taylor is now hoping to keep his place for tomorrow night's Capital One Cup trip to Premier League West Ham United.
"The league is obviously our main priority, but it's nice to have this cup tie to look forward to," he said. "It will be a nice day out for the lads and we can go there with freedom."
■ Cheltenham have sold 1,349 tickets in advance for the club's first trip to Upton Park. Advanced ticket sales have now closed, but more will be available on the turnstiles tomorrow night.