Bennett ready to take chance
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Northern Ireland international was sent off for Blues in Saturday's 3-0 defeat to champions Manchester United and will be suspended for the Midlands derby against Aston Villa in a fortnight.
Taylor's ban opens the door for Bennett, who was making his maiden appearance of the season as a substitute at Old Trafford.
Bennett sympathises with Taylor over his red card but is desperate to prove to Blues boss Steve Bruce he is worthy of a sustained run in the first team.
"Maik was very unlucky," conceded Bennett. "If you are bringing down a player who is clean through on goal then you hold your hands up.
"But (Paul) Scholes was going wide and Maik was making a genuine attempt to get the ball. He should have got a yellow card not red.
"From my point of view, I was thrust into it cold as a substitute and now I will be getting an opportunity and it's up to me to try and give the manager a problem."
The 31-year-old also revealed it has taken him time to come to terms with losing his place in the team to Taylor, who arrived at St Andrews on a season-long loan from Fulham.
"I can't deny that I was disappointed," added Bennett. "I knew the manager had to bring another goalkeeper in but I genuinely thought I'd start the season because I'd finished the last one well.
"It took a long time for me to get my head round it and the worst thing I could have done was sat there and sulked."