'True professional' - Matt Taylor pays tribute to Scott Sinclair whose brilliant goal earnt Bristol Rovers victory v Carlisle United

The 42-year-old was full of praise for the veteran whose second-half emphatic finish saw Rovers come from behind to beat Carlisle.

Bristol Rovers boss Matt Taylor paid homage to veteran Scott Sinclair whose winning goal saw the Gas come from behind to beat Carlisle United in League One on Saturday afternoon.

The former Premier League Star scored a goal right out of the top draw, as he curled the ball from outside of the box in off the underside of the crossbar. "In terms of his intent every single day, he is a true professional that's why he's had such a good career," said Taylor. "He's doing it out of his love for football and the club as well," he added.

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The 34-year-old scored just his third goal of the season for the Pirates. "He's been out the fold a little bit this season in terms of the formations and personnel, but he's kept himself where he needs to be in terms of his fitness and his impact in training has been absolutely excellent for a senior player and now he's taking his chance and he's contributed," said Taylor.

His manager was quick to praise the impact Sinclair's experience brings to the team. "In terms of the fragile nature of the squad you need some seniority there. The ones who just trust the games a little bit and won't get affected by being 1-0 down or the crowd or the expectation or Stevenage away. It's important that we get more players who are in control of themselves," he added.

Sinclair brilliantly took his chance and his manager Taylor was right behind it as he was watching on from the stands due to serving a suspension. "We've been crying out for more width and pace and direct play from our wide players and once he gets in that position being right footed player on the left, it's so difficult to defend against and when he does cut inside he opens up the goal and it was a hell of a finish. "I'm really pleased for him, we will have to look after him at the start of the week, he was stretching his calves as the game went, but that pitch will take the legs out of anyone."

The win for Rovers mean they remain 12th in the division, 11 points off the play-off places, with 12 games to go, Meanwhile, Carlisle remain rock bottom of League One, 14 points from safety and destined for imminent relegation into League Two.

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