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PRE-MATCH | Ryan Taylor: "If you can’t get up for this game, you can’t get up for any"

9 January 2021

Newport County AFC striker Ryan Taylor says he's eager to get back on the pitch after returning from a spell on the sidelines.

The 32-year-old is back in contention for selection following a hamstring issue, which has seen him out of action since the 2-1 victory over Mansfield Town in October.
 
Taylor, who scored two goals in Sky Bet League Two before his injury, was aiming to get back on the pitch sooner, but County's last two fixtures at Rodney Parade were postponed due to the weather conditions.
 
And now Taylor is hopeful that he can make an impact upon his return to action in Sunday's Emirates FA Cup third round clash with Premier League ouftit Brighton and Hove Albion.
 
"I’m feeling very good and positive. I’ve been fit for a couple of weeks now and we’ve obviously had games called off, but for the last two I’ve been available," said Taylor.
 
"It’s been frustrating as I would have liked to have been involved in those games and maybe got the cobwebs off but obviously it comes to Sunday now.
 
"When you’re injured you have to stay as positive as you can.
 
"It’s time for me to push on now and start getting back into the team. I’m not daft enough to think I’m going to walk back in as the boys have been doing so well. It’s up to me to show the gaffer in training what I can do again and we’ll take it from there."
 
County have chalked up a lenghty list of Emirates FA Cup upsets in recent seasons, with Michael Flynn's men securing memorable victories over Leeds United, Leicester City, and Middlesbrough, while they also held Tottenham Hotspur to a draw. 
 
Taylor is relishing the prospect of welcoming another Premier League side to Rodney Parade this weekend and is aiming to make life difficult for the Seagulls when they travel to south Wales on Sunday.
 
"It’s a massive fixture for the football club and the players to pit your wits against a Premier League club is massive. If you can’t get up for this game, you can’t get up for any.
 
"I don’t think they’ll like coming to this ground, so it’s up to us to make it a dog fight. I’m sure the boys will be getting in their faces from the first whistle but we’ll be ready to go."
 
Taylor has plenty of competition for places up front in his bid to return to County's line-up, with Padraig Amond, Tristan Abrahams and Jamie Proctor also challenging the striker for a place in the starting 11.
 
The former Plymouth Argyle striker has made 16 apperances in the Emirates FA Cup over the course of his course, and will be looking to use his experience to help County pull off another cup upset.
 
Taylor added: "I’m probably more hustle and bustle, I’m a bit more aggressive but it's a nice mixture with our attacking players. We can all compliment each other, so hopefully we can pitch in and get a result on Sunday.
 
"If the ball goes slightly longer, I enjoy that side of the game. First and foremost I like the ball at my feet, so I can become a bit more technical with it.
 
"I don’t mind though the aggressive side of it."

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