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Dover Athletic defender Bobby-Joe Taylor watches Leicester City midfielder James Maddison on Soccer AM to perfect free-kick technique

Bobby-Joe Taylor 's stunning free-kick against Notts County had a touch of the James Maddison about it – and there's a good reason why.

Taylor's curling left-foot effort was his first goal in 37 appearances for Dover, and the 24-year-old admitted he had been studying footage of the Leicester midfielder to hone his set-piece technique.

The winger cum full-back, who signed a new two-year deal at Crabble in May, explained: "It's about time I scored from one of them because I've been working on them every day in training.

Bobby-Joe Taylor puts Dover ahead against Notts County with a superb curling free-kick Picture: Alan Langley
Bobby-Joe Taylor puts Dover ahead against Notts County with a superb curling free-kick Picture: Alan Langley

"I was absolutely over the moon to be honest. I don't get many opportunities to score playing left-back.

"I get more assists than goals but I'm absolutely buzzing to get off the mark.

"If it's on the other side I'm happy for a right-footer to take it but when it's on that side I'll be a bit more demanding, I fancy my chances.

"The other night when we played on the TV (against Halifax) Nass (Nassim L'Ghoul) won the free-kick and I let him take it because he said to me 'Please'.

"I'm not one of those to squabble but this time I said 'I'm having it' and thankfully it's gone in the top corner.

"I felt it in the run-up to be fair because I've been working on the technique. If I'm being honest a little while ago I watched James Maddison on Soccer AM.

"Every time he was hitting the target, so I thought I'd give it a go.

"I've been doing it in training and to be fair every time I've been doing it I've been hitting the target or getting close so I knew as soon as I hit it it was going to go in. I made good connection and thankfully it did."

Taylor found himself centrestage again four minutes later when he gave away the penalty that led to Mitch Rose's leveller.

Kevin Lokko then restored Dover's lead only for County substitute Kristian Dennis to head an 89th minute equaliser.

Taylor said: "I've spoken to 'Brinds' (County's Richard Brindley) who won the penalty because I was with him at Bromley for a brief stint.

"He said 'It's one of those, it's probably not a pen' but it's a clever foul.

"I've gone as if he was going to have a first touch inside in the box to shoot, and he's gone down the line and I've stood still, and with his momentum and his pace he's run into me and fell over.

"Some days it's given and some days it's not. Unfortunately I've gone and scored at one end and then given away a penalty at the other. That's never happened to me so there's a first time for everything.

Dover's Bobby-Joe Taylor celebrates his free-kick against Notts County Picture: Alan Langley
Dover's Bobby-Joe Taylor celebrates his free-kick against Notts County Picture: Alan Langley

"I'm a bit annoyed with myself that I didn't slow down and put the brakes on a bit a sooner, but having said that we managed to get back in front and we managed to defend so well up until the 90th minute.

"It was a bit gut-wrenching for us, to concede when we did. That's why we've come in and everyone's a bit disappointed and at the same time frustrated, just because we did have quite a few opportunities to kill the game off.

"They're probably the best side we've played against so far this season, in terms of them keeping the ball.

"They're a league club, they've got some good players but we held our own and managed to get in the lead and we defended resolutely, definitely for the second 45 minutes.

"I think it would have taken a bit of pressure off the defenders if we could have taken our chances, but it's not doom and gloom, it will come, we've still had a good start and it becomes a good point if we can win at Aldershot on Tuesday."

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