Bruce delight at Taylor form
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Bruce feels that goalkeeper Maik Taylor has rediscovered his best form.Birmingham boss Steve Bruce feels that goalkeeper Maik Taylor has rediscovered his very best form.
Bruce feels that Taylor has struggled to maintain the high standards he set himself during his first season at St Andrews this time around.
However, the 33-year-old has put in exceptional displays for both club and country in recent weeks, much to the delight of his manager.
Bruce believes the former Fulham custodian was at the peak of his powers in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham last weekend, and is pleased to be lavishing praise on him once again.
"To be fair, compared to the standards he has set, he has not been living up to those in the past few months," Bruce said. "He's had a little bit of a dip.
"But all of a sudden we have got him back again at his best and the saves he made against Tottenham from Mido and (Fredi) Kanoute on Saturday were magnificent. So fair play to him. He has had a good week.
"He is looking his old self again. He is looking again like the top keeper we all knew was there from day one.
"He made a superb late save against Villa, really performed well on two occasions for Northern Ireland before carrying it on for us at the weekend."
Meanwhile, Bruce is hopeful that midfielder Muzzy Izzet will be back in first-team contention soon having finally resumed training following a persistent knee problem.
"Muzzy is back in training, not 100 percent but at least out on the pitch rather than doing rehabilitation work," he continued.
"We hope that later this week he will be looking to join in more fully with us."