Cherries: Taylor goals eases Lee's concerns

10 August 2011 07:00
LEE Bradbury admitted Lyle Taylor's first senior goals had eased his concerns over Cherries' striker shortage.

Taylor notched a late double last night as Cherries thumped Dagenham & Redbridge 5-0 to progress to the second round of the Carling Cup for the first time since 2005.

The former Concord Rangers frontman struck two minutes from time and then again moments later after first-half goals from Marc Pugh and Shaun Cooper had put Cherries in control at the Seward Stadium.

Liam Feeney then made it 3-0 in the second half before Taylor, who started up front alongside Steve Fletcher, put the icing on the cake for Bradbury's side.

And with both Danny Ings and Steve Lovell struggling to be fit for Saturday's visit of Sheffield Wednesday, and Michael Symes facing a longer spell on the sidelines, Taylor's heroics couldn't have come at a better time for boss Bradbury.

He told the Echo: Lyle worked hard and deserved his goals. He had scored a few in pre-season and the next challenge was always going to be for him to get them in the first team and now he has done that.

It does ease my worries with the strikers. Lyle stepped up and did well so it eases my concerns.

It was a good pick-me-up for the boys but more importantly for me, it was the way we played. We were very professional and kept doing the right things all the time. We defended resolutely and we can take a lot of pride from the way we played.

Asked for an update on Ings (ankle) and Lovell (thigh), as well as Scott Malone, who limped off in the second half last night, Bradbury added: Danny has been for an X-ray and there is no bone damage it's just bruising so that is great news. Steve Lovell should train later in the week.

Scott has a dead leg and we were already a few goals up so it was sensible to bring him off. He could have played on at a push but he should be okay for Saturday.

Source: Bournemouth_Echo