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Doyle wins keeper support

28 Aug 2007 - 11:09:01

Birmingham City goalkeeper Maik Taylor has backed Colin Doyle to bounce back from his difficult start to life in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international was dropped for Saturday's 2-1 victory over Derby County after making a series of costly mistakes in the opening three games of the new campaign.

But Taylor, who lost his own starting place to Doyle last season, has tipped the youngster to return a stronger force for his recent troubles.

"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," said the veteran keeper.

"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."

Speaking about his own position, Taylor added: "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.

"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."

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