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Erby County fans could be forgiven for thinking Lyle Taylor has it for their beleaguered club.

The on-loan striker scored his first goal for Birmingham City in Sunday’s spectacular 2-2 draw, applying a neat finish that appeared to set the Blues on their way to an impressive win.

Fifteen months ago, the Rams were also the opponent when Taylor opened his Nottingham Forest account, in a 1-1 draw at the City Ground.

But as symbolic as the two occasions are, the 31-year-old insists he has nothing for the Pride Park outfit, quite the contrary.

“This [scoring on his debut] was kind of written,” he told BirminghamLive. “With the way things are here – and I hope this football club survives because we don’t need that to happen in English football anymore, more clubs going through something like this.

Birmingham City’s Lyle Taylor smiles at Derby supporters after being substituted

“From a Derby point of view, it was also kind of written that they would stage some sort of fight when they were backed by 32,500 people.

“It was all kind of scripted in a weird way by the football gods.”

Those gods haven’t been particularly kind to Taylor for the past two years.

The forward was firing on all cylinders when in March 2020 the pandemic effectively ended his career at Charlton Athletic as he opted not to return when the Addicks resumed their failed bid to remain in the Championship.

Instead, he moved to Forest this off-season, since when he’s had a tough time, playing in a side that struggled under Chris Hughton and missed the boat when Steve Cooper replaced him.

After just eight goals in a season and a half, he decided to reunite with Lee Bowyer at Birmingham City.

Read the full interview here