RYAN Taylor may be the target for plenty of online boo boys but the "horrible to play against" targetman earned special praise from Newport County AFC boss Michael Flynn for his role in a vital win in the push for promotion.

The Exiles became the first team to beat rivals Bolton Wanderers since January when they edged a 1-0 win at Rodney Parade on Monday.

Striker Nicky Maynard was the hero with a goal just past the hour, reacting quickly to a super save to fire home from a tight angle, yet it was his strike partner that Flynn hailed.

“Ryan Taylor was absolutely outstanding. He was so horrible to play against, he was massive for us with the amount of work that he got through,” said the manager.

“He got clattered so many times and I am sure he gave one or two back. He was a focal point for us and was outstanding.”

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Taylor arrived from Plymouth last summer and made a promising start to life in amber until suffering a hamstring injury.

The 32-year-old scored twice in September but hasn’t netted since, with his inclusion in the startling line-up often prompting groans from supporters on social media.

However, the Exiles’ most physical forward option will be vital if the seventh-placed side are to stay in the play-offs and potentially push for the top three.

Flynn will be hoping that Taylor and his fellow forwards can find form, although Maynard will be unable to build on a lively performance on Friday.

The 34-year-old is on loan from Mansfield and cannot play against his parent club with Padraig Amond, Dom Telford and Jake Scrimshaw the options to come in up front at Field Mill.

Taylor’s lack of goals may have been a source of frustration for fans but he is not the only striker to suffer on that front.

Amond is the club's joint top scorer in the league with six. The Irishman shares the lead with Matty Dolan, who has scored five penalties, and Scott Twine, who returned to Swindon in January.

Scrimshaw has scored three, Maynard two and Telford one since they arrived in the transfer window.

Amond is averaging a goal every 271 minutes, Scrimshaw every 181, Maynard 413, Taylor 574 and Telford 433.

Twine's figure was 259 while Tristan Abrahams, who is yet to open his account since leaving for Leyton Orient, was 325.