CHARLIE TAYLOR has hailed Leeds United match-winner Steve Morison and says that he bullied Sheffield Wednesday’s defenders in Saturday’s 2-1 derby success at Hillsborough.
York-born Taylor applied further gloss to his impressive second half of the 2014-15 season with United’s leveller against the Owls following on from his first strike in United colours in the 4-3 loss at Wolves on Easter Monday.
Meanwhile, Morison, who scored his first goal for Leeds since March 2013 in the 2-1 loss at Charlton on April 18, followed up with his second strike in successive games on Saturday, netting the winner in front of the big visiting contingent.
Morison’s end to the campaign is providing some belated goalscoring kudos for the Londoner, whose workaholic contribution has been fully appreciated by his team-mates following his return to the side.
Taylor said: “I’m massively pleased for him and I thought he was brilliant on Saturday and was last week as well.
“He was just such a handful for the centre-halves and a player like that in your team helps you so much.
“I thought we scrapped for every second ball and Steve bullied them.”
Taylor shared in the goalscoring spot-light with Morison and the left-sided player admits that increasing his goal count is something on his to-do list next season.
It remains to be seen where Taylor fits in at United next season, having proved proficient at left back and on the left-hand side of midfield and he admits he has no preference where he plays, with the 21-year-old happy to help the team.
He added: “My goal was a bit scrappy and a bit scruffy, with the free-kick into the wall and it ricocheting about.
“But I reacted quickly and stuck it in the back of the net. A goal’s a goal.
“It’s something I’d like to add to my game. I’ve got two goals now and with playing up field, you’ve got to contribute and chip in with goals. Alex (Mowatt) and Sam (Byram) have done that this season.
“But I’ll play anywhere really. Left-back, left-wing, as long as I’m in the team, I’m happy.
“I don’t know what my best position is. I’ve played left-back all through my youth. Left-wing is something I’m adapting to, but I’m enjoying it at the same time.”
United sign off this season with another Yorkshire derby at home to Rotherham United at Elland Road this Saturday lunch-time with Taylor keen on sampling a winning end to an, at times, torrid campaign which has seen the club have three different permanent head coaches in situ at various points.
Given that and the considerable off-the-field uncertainty in the second half of the season, a mid-table finish would be rightly considered as a decent achievement under the circumstances to most people.
And after ending a five-match losing sequence at the weekend, a victory in their seasonal finalé against the Millers at Elland Road – where Leeds’ last win arrived on March 4 – would at least provide a touch of further succour to United’s long-suffering supporters.
Taylor said: “The Rotherham one is a game we definitely want to win and it could be massively important for them, whether they survive in the Championship next season or not.
“But it’s one we will definitely want to win as well.
“There’s been a couple of games where we didn’t play well (recently).
“But last week at Charlton I thought we were unlucky to lose that. We played well, but we got the result and the performance at Sheffield Wednesday.
“All the lads dug in and we stayed in the game and we showed everyone what we’re capable of and what can we do. Hillsborough is a tough place to come and they are a good side. To get a result says a lot.”
Looking forward to some rest and recuperation in the summer, Taylor added: “The Championship is so tough and physical and it catches up with you.
“I think everyone’s looking forward to a break to freshen up and then hit the ground running in pre-season.”