Bristol Rovers: Matty Taylor inspired by Jamie Vardy record

Matty Taylor
Taylor scored a 12-minute hat trick against Wycombe earlier in December

Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor says Jamie Vardy's record-breaking feat for Leicester City has given him motivation for his own scoring spree.

Former non-league man Taylor has netted 12 goals in 14 games in his first season in the Football League.

Vardy also came from non-league and recently broke a Premier League record by scoring in 11 successive games.

"I'd like to do a similar thing, that would be great," 25-year-old Taylor told BBC Points West.

"His story is well documented now. He's had an incredible rise, it motivates people like myself who have played non-league and are making the step up."

Vardy, 28, was signed by Leicester from Fleetwood and has risen through the leagues to become a member of Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Taylor joined Rovers from Forest Green and has scored 25 goals in 2015, 13 of them this season, including a 12-minute hat trick against Wycombe.

"The goalscoring is going to be tough to keep up," he said. "But there is more to come from me and I can only get better the more I play at this level."

Rovers assistant manager Marcus Stewart, who himself played in the Premier League with Ipswich and Sunderland, also believes the forward has the ability to play higher than League Two.

"Matty is bright footballer," Stewart said. "He is an intelligent player with a good touch, he sees the next pass very early.

"Those are the things you need to play at a higher level, he is sharp and bright. Those type of players I see playing at Championship level."

And Stewart also praised the former non-league forward's attitude and application since joining the club in July 2014.

"He listens, he wants to work hard, do extra training, he's with a good group of players, he's with a good manager and he's at a good club," he added.

"All those things contribute to him being on top of his form at the moment."

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