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Greg Taylor over the moon to make Cambridge United return in Carabao Cup win over Millwall

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Greg Taylor in action for Cambridge United against Millwall in the Carabao Cup. Picture: Simon Lankester (58407122)
Greg Taylor in action for Cambridge United against Millwall in the Carabao Cup. Picture: Simon Lankester (58407122)

Club captain Greg Taylor was "over the moon" to make a competitive return for Cambridge United as they shocked 10-man Millwall with a 1-0 win in the Carabao Cup.

The centre-back suffered a serious ankle injury in just the fourth game of the season last August, and missed the entire campaign.

But he has got back to full fitness during pre-season, and made a return after a year out as one of nine changes to the team to face the Championship outfit, which saw Liam O'Neil's second-half ensuring the U's passage to the second round.

“I’m over the moon," said Taylor. "First and foremost on the team performance, I thought we did really well to get the win against a strong Millwall side as well.

“I think everybody that didn’t play on Saturday came in and got their minutes and I think everybody has done well.

“It was important for us to carry that momentum on from Saturday and keep that winning feeling to try to take it on to the weekend so that’s exactly what we’ve done.

“It’s been strange because I’ve been out for so long and you miss that the match-day feeling, but today has been the main motivation for me to drive me over the last 10 or 11 months.

“It’s obviously been strange to slot back into it, but it’s been so enjoyable and I’ve got big thank yous to say to everybody at the football club, from the staff to the boys, everyone has been behind me from day one.

“Even coming back to pre-season, the boys have all encouraged me and pushed me as hard as they can, so I’ve got big thanks yous to say to them."

Taylor did not try to hard the difficulties associated with being out so long, and having to watch the side do so well in their return to League One last season.

But that was made a little bit easier by the setting at United.

“I won’t lie, it’s been tough, but I’ve had incredible support from the owner, to the directors, to staff, fans, players, which I’m so grateful for," said Taylor. "I think that is behind me now and I’m looking forward after playing today, hoping that I get a bit more game time to show what I can do."

Taylor had a crucial role in the win over Millwall, expertly guiding over Murray Wallace's goalbound shot with his head in the second half, while the score was still 0-0, and was joined at the back by Zeno Ibsen Rossi, who was making his United debut after joining from Bournemouth during the summer.

“I thought he did really well," said Taylor.

"He’s not been here too long, but you can tell he’s come from a good club and wants to play the right way.

“I think he has settled in brilliant, and is a really nice lad so it will benefit him to get a few more minutes. It’s important that we get through to the next round, we get another game, and it’s important for us to get the minutes."

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