Taylor looks to the future
Veteran backs Doyle to bounce back
By Stephen Bramley. Last Updated: August 28, 2007 7:44pm
Taylor: Extended run
Maik Taylor says he is hoping to secure an extended run in the side after impressing in Birmingham's first Premier League win over Derby on Saturday.
The veteran keeper earned a recall to the Blues starting line-up for the clash at Pride Park after Colin Doyle's indifferent start to the season.
And the Northern Ireland international, who is in the final year of his contract at St Andrews, hopes he has done enough to keep his place in the side.
"I always hoped I'd get an opportunity again. It's the manager's decision and, while I might not always agree with his decisions, I have to accept them," Taylor explained.
"I'm still paid by the club and I have to go in day in and day out and wait
for an opportunity - and when it comes you have to be ready.
"It's important now to stay focused and hope I get a run in the side. I've got
a year left on my contract and I'm going to do as well as I can and see where
that takes me."
Taylor also insists Doyle has a bright future despite his recent dip in form.
"Doyley will be disappointed now. I've experienced that myself as
well but I've always managed to bounce back. He has still got the world at his
feet," he added.
"He's only 22 and he is such a massive presence. He towers over you at six
feet, six inches and he's got all the attributes to go very far in the game.
It's important that he works hard on the training ground."