Lyle Taylor’s next goal rush is just around the corner according to AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley.
Taylor’s 20 league goals fired Dons to promotion via the league Two playoffs last term, but the former Bournemouth striker has just one at the next level up and that came in the opening day defeat at Walsall.
The Wombles’ talisman was dropped to the bench against Sheffield United last week and though restored to lead the line at Charlton he drew a blank once more as his fellow strikers stole the headlines in a 2-1 win.
Ardley believes the 26-year-old took longer than most to shake-off both the emotional high of Wembley and the media attention regarding his future that came with it, but says it won’t be long until he is firing again.
“I don’t think Lyle needs a goal, he’s a confident boy,” he said.
“He and I had a chat last week. I think he took a little bit of time to get over the whole playoff scenario and the speculation over whether clubs were going to come in for him. That stuff affects people in different ways.”
“The way he has trained since I left him out last week has been exceptional so I decided to play him today and he played up on his own which isn’t a strength of his, but I thought he did a sterling job for the team and run himself into the ground.
“The goals will come. As long as he keeps playing for the team then we’ll all be happy.”
Taylor’s quest for goals continues at Kingsmeadow on Saturday when dons entertain Shrewsbury.