Derby delight hasn’t sunk in for match-winner Ryan Taylor

RYAN Taylor wrote himself into Geordie folklore with his winner against Sunderland.

But the 27-year-old admits the significance of his goal at the Stadium of Light hasn’t yet sunk in.

Taylor followed in the footsteps of the likes of Liam O’Brien, whose match-winning free-kick at Roker Park almost two decades ago is celebrated to this day.

The utility player earned his move to St James’s Park with a series of stunning goals against the club in the colours of former club Wigan Athletic.

And Taylor is hoping those strikes will be forgotten on Tyneside in the wake of his free-kick, which cleared the wall and sailed over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet into the far corner of the net.

“What a result that was – it hasn’t actually sunk in yet what it means to the fans and me,” Taylor told SportMail.

“I’m sure in the next couple of weeks it’ll sink in, and the fans can wipe the slate clean about those other goals!

“I want to go down in the record books as someone who was a free-kick specialist.

“Even if I don’t score another one all season, I’m sure the fans will remember that one.

“To see them going absolutely bananas after the game, and during the game, was fantastic to see.”

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