Taylor ready and waiting
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuart Taylor says he is ready to take full advantage of Thomas Sorensen's injury.
Aston Villa custodian Stuart Taylor says he is ready to take full advantage of Thomas Sorensen's recent injury.
The Danish international damaged his shoulder during his country's 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland at the weekend, and the Midlands club are still in the dark regarding the extent of the blow.
Whilst a broken collarbone has seemingly been ruled out, Sorensen could well miss Saturday's Premiership game with Tottenham Hotspur due to the problem.
Now Taylor, whose last league start came back in January against West Brom, says he will be ready to take over the mantle of number one goalkeeper if his colleague remains sidelined at the weekend.
"It's always easier as a keeper when you're playing regularly but the trick is to make sure you're on your toes and ready for any opportunity that might come your way," said Taylor.
"If that's down to injury or suspension, you don't wish those things on other players, but you have to be professional and be prepared.
"Thomas has been playing well and it's just one of those things. But the manager has been coming to all the reserve games so it's been nice to show him what I can do.
"When you're at a club that's doing well, chances are rare. I've just got to be ready to take it if and when it comes."
However the former Arsenal shot stopper has no complaints at being left on the bench given the club's unbeaten start to the season which has been masterminded by new manager Martin O'Neill.
"There are a few other players in a similar position to myself," Taylor added.
"Milan Baros has been scoring for fun in the reserves after coming back fit but he's had to bide his time.
"That's because the lads are doing well. We're up in the top part of the table and you can't have too many arguments with the gaffer picking an unchanged side.
"But the new manager coming in has given everyone a lift and the lads who haven't yet had a chance are just waiting for the chance to play and show what they can do."