O'Neill challenges Taylor
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has challenged Stuart Taylor to to keep his place in the side.
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has challenged Stuart Taylor to grab his chance to keep his place in the side.
Taylor is currently getting a rare run in the starting line-up with Thomas Sorensen sidelined through injury.
O'Neill has called on Taylor to impress him and make it hard for him to drop the former Arsenal man when Sorensen returns to fitness.
"Stuart has got an opportunity and it's really up to him to take it," said O'Neill.
"It's important for Stuart to accept the fact he is in the side and his aim would be to make the position his own and not stay at number two for the rest of his life.
"What Stuart wants to do is play so well that it would be exceptionally difficult for him to be left out of the team. He has got this opportunity."
Taylor is determined to try and stake his claim to be Villa's number one goalkeeper.
"I've waited a long time for a run in the side. You soon get forgotten in football so it's been nice to play a few games," said Taylor.
"In the first season at Villa I only got to play two games. I thought I was at least going to play in the cup games.
"But instead the manager (David O'Leary) decided to play the side he was selecting week in and week out. That's football and you've just got to keep plugging away and hope you get your chance.
"I had a couple of games this season before Thomas got injured. I think he is going to be out for a while so I'll get to play a few games.
"Thomas is the number one but I want to play to the best of my ability and I'm just thinking of doing well for the team and do a job as best as I can.
"The aim is to give a manager a decision when Thomas is fit. At the moment I'm just filling in and doing a job but I want to play to the best of my ability. If I end up giving the manager a problem, it will be nice."