MATTY Taylor said he feels as fit as ever after firing in his 40th goal for Oxford United in the 3-1 defeat at home to Plymouth Argyle.

The striker’s fifth minute strike gave the U’s an early lead, only for Jordon Garrick to equalise six minutes later.

Panutche Camara then scored twice on an afternoon when United were frustrated by missing their own chances.

The U’s had 14 shots, yet only two of those were on target.

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Taylor however made no mistake, deftly chipping beyond Mike Cooper after a perfectly weighted pass from James Henry.

United’s number nine was quick to compliment Henry following the game.

“We’ve got a really good connection,” said Taylor.

“Whenever he gets the ball, he seems to put it on a sixpence for me and I’m just fortunate to see it go in.

“I’d love to keep scoring goals and see where I end up at the end of my Oxford career, whenever that may be.

“It’s bittersweet, it’s never good when you lose but 40 is a nice number and I’ll be looking to get 41 next and then keep going.

“I’m 32 in March and not getting any younger but I feel as fit as I’ve ever done.

“I’ve got no problem playing three games a week. Physically I feel in great nick.”

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Taking chances was the problem for the U’s against Argyle with Henry and Gavin Whyte in particular missing key opportunities.

“We started really brightly and got a well earned lead, then they got a foothold in the game,” said Taylor.

“They’re top for a reason, they’re a good side.

“We came out flying for 20 or 25 minutes in the second half and created a few chances, but we’ve got to take one of them.

“If you’re not hitting the target then you’re not going to score – we got in good areas and carved them open a few times but couldn’t get it in.

“They were clinical in their chances, and against the top sides you’ve got to take your chances.

“The positives are we’ve carved open top of the league numerous times and played really well in large parts but the disappointment is not winning the game and not taking our chances.”

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Taylor said the players will be practising at the training ground, in order to put things right at home to Shrewsbury Town tomorrow.

“We’ll get back on the training ground and do all the drills and recreate all these moments that we’re getting,” he said.

“With age comes a little more calmness at times but I still snatch shots now.

“On another day, I think we’d have scored three or four but that’s football and they were worthy winners.”

Creating goalscoring opportunities wasn’t something the U’s struggled with, and Taylor said playing alongside the attacking options Karl Robinson has at his disposal is something he relishes.

“There’s some fantastic attacking and defensive players at the club,” said Taylor.

“We always seem to bring in flamboyant wingers and flair players, and for whoever’s played up front in this Oxford side in the last few years, it’s been a joy to play in.

“You get your chances and I enjoy playing my football here.”