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Loan watch: Taylor targets promotion


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Kyle Taylor has set his sights on helping Forest Green Rovers gain another promotion after joining the ambitious League Two club on loan.

The Cherries midfielder was handed his Football League debut in Rovers’ 2-0 defeat by Newport County at The New Lawn on Saturday.

Taylor, who has featured twice in the FA Cup for the Cherries, went close to equalising when his 20-yard effort was saved by Tom King in the 56th minute.

Padraig Amond opened the scoring for the visitors in the fourth minute before Rovers were reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of goalkeeper Joe Wollacott.

Taylor was replaced by Junior Mondal in the 59th minute before Ryan Haynes doubled County’s lead late on.

Speaking to the Forest Green Rovers website ahead of the game, Taylor said: “I’ve seen the ambitions of the club and I want to try to get the team promoted if possible.

“I’d say I’m a creative midfielder and Forest Green’s style of play is pretty much perfectly suited to my game

“League Two is probably more physical than the Premier League and some teams will play a different type of football.

“I’m excited to play games and be involved in first team football. I drove up this morning, I’ve seen the stadium and the pitch, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Sam Surridge capped a memorable week by playing his part in Swansea’s 1-0 win at Leeds – a result which saw them climb to the top of the Championship.

Surridge, who scored twice in the Swans’ Carabao Cup victory over Cambridge in midweek, came off the bench to replace Borja in the 63rd minute at Elland Road.

The 21-year-old (pictured below) went close to breaking the deadlock with a header eight minutes from time before Wayne Routledge netted to settle the issue in favour of the Welsh club in the last minute.

Defeat for Leeds, their first of the season, saw Swansea replace them at the summit and maintained their unbeaten start under Steve Cooper.

Harry Arter was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession during Fulham’s 1-1 draw against Cardiff in the Championship on Friday.

Arter saw red in the 68th minute against the club he served on loan last season and after Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out Josh Murphy’s opener for the Bluebirds.

Mikael Ndjoli was an unused substitute in Gillingham’s 5-0 win over Bolton in League One, the Kent club’s first three-point haul of the season.

Bolton conceded five times for a fourth game in a row in their first outing since being saved by a takeover and unveiled Keith Hill as their new manager following the clash.

On-loan Hearts midfielder Olly Lee netted twice, while Connor Ogilvie, Brandon Hanlan and a Jordan Boon own goal earned the Gills their first league win under new boss Steve Evans.

Jermain Defoe tasted defeat for the first time this season in a Rangers shirt as they went down 2-0 against Celtic in a frantic Old Firm derby at Ibrox yesterday.

Goals from Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes saw Celtic end Rangers’ 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions and moved them three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Defoe was replaced by Alfredo Morelos with the Gers trailing 1-0 after 60 minutes before the hosts were reduced to 10 men when Jordan Jones was sent off for a lunge on Moritz Bauer late on.

Brad Smith (pictured above) returned from a short injury layoff to feature in Seattle Sounders’s eventful 4-3 win over LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.

Smith replaced Joevin Jones in the 81st minute as Sounders withstood a spirited second-half fight-back from Galaxy to see off their Western Conference rivals.

Cristian Roldan’s double, his second goal coming in the 89th minute, and further efforts from Raul Ruidiaz and Jordan Morris won the day for Sounders with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Uriel Antuna and Jorgen Skjelvik replying for Galaxy.

Emerson Hyndman played the full 90 minutes in Atlanta United’s 3-1 defeat by Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.

Josef Martinez’s 23rd goal of the season gave United the lead, only for Union to hit back through Brenden Aaronson, Kacper Przybylko and Sergio Santos.

Hyndman forced a diving save from Andre Blake with the score at 1-1 in the 78th minute.

Frank Vincent came off the bench in the closing stages of Torquay’s 2-1 defeat by National League rivals Hartlepool at Plainmoor.

Vincent replaced Jake Andrews just a minute after Peter Kioso had struck what proved to be the winner 10 minutes from time.

Earlier, Jason Kennedy had headed home the opener for the visitors before Jamie Reid levelled for the Gulls six minutes into the second half.

Calum Ward was voted supporters’ man of the match after saving a penalty in Weymouth’s incident-packed 1-1 draw with fellow National South newcomers Tonbridge Angels.

Ward kept out Joe Turner’s 58th-minute spot-kick and made a string of fine saves before Mark Molesley’s men were eventually pegged back at Longmead.

Brett Williams netted to give the Terras the lead four minutes into the second half before Ward preserved their advantage by thwarting Turner.

However, Tonbridge were awarded a second penalty for handball and, although Adam Yusuff’s initial effort was chalked off for encroachment, he made no mistake with the retaken spot-kick.

Ward’s Cherries team-mate Sam Sherring played the full 90 minutes for Weymouth who visit Oxford City tomorrow.

Illness forced Jake Cope to miss Poole Town’s 1-0 win at Swindon Supermarine in Southern League South.

Corby Moore’s second-half goal saw Tom Killick’s Dolphins move a point clear at the top of the table.

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