MATTY Taylor hopes his strike against Leyton Orient is the catalyst for a run of goals.

The striker completed the scoring as Oxford United thrashed the Sky Bet League Two side 5-0 in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Taylor has endured a frustrating start to the season, finding chances hard to come by and taking eight games to get off the mark.

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The No 9 was even left out of the starting XI at Cheltenham Town on Saturday - the first time he has dropped to the bench in Sky Bet League One since August 2021.

But Taylor targeted more goals after capping a bright performance with his first of the campaign.

“I wanted to play regardless,” the 32-year-old said.

“The gaffer chose to put me on the bench on Saturday, it was his decision.

“I would have loved to play but I took it well, I’m a professional. He wants me to be scoring goals and playing well and I haven’t been, so I can accept that.

“Hopefully my season can start from here. It was good to see us getting in our stride again and for me that’s important, because if I get the chances I know I’ll score goals.”

The striker’s lack of service in certain games has not been helped by the number of attacking players in United’s treatment room.

Wingers Yanic Wildschut, Josh Murphy and Marcus Browne are all injured, as is Sam Baldock – who Taylor formed a brief but potent partnership with last season.

He said: “When I’m missing chances it’s on me. I know if I keep doing the right things, they’ll go in.

“It’s frustrating that there have been countless injuries, with lots of new players and partnerships to form.

“We’ve got to learn each other’s games and I’d love to be sat here on more goals, but I’ve got the first and hopefully the first of many.”

Taylor’s goal followed an assist for strike partner Kyle Joseph, as he flicked on James Henry’s corner to his teammate in the six-yard box.

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It was only the second time the pair have started together in a front two and they showed signs that a partnership is emerging.

Taylor said: “Kyle’s a really talented lad, he’s got goals in him, running ability and nice feet so he’s going to have a very good career.

“It’s going really well, we were a bit wider than we wanted in the first 20 minutes and once we got closer together you could see the partnerships forming.

“The more minutes and games we play with each other the better we’ll become as a unit and hopefully we’ll see more goals.”