Taylor braced for tough test against new look Birmingham

Gareth Taylor says City need to be prepared for anything when we face Darren Carter's new look Birmingham side on Sunday.

Our opponents are yet to taste victory this season, introducing Carter as interim head coach in late November following the departure of Scott Booth.

The 37-year-old former Birmingham midfielder will take charge of the hosts for the first time this weekend when we lock horns in a 14:00 (UK) kick-off.

And Taylor is expecting City to be handed a difficult test at St. Andrews as we aim to begin a period of three matches in seven days with an important win.


“He’ll bring great experience, he had a really good playing career and is back at a club he represented,” the City boss said of Carter.

“It’s great, it’s a good appointment from the club, you never want to see anyone lose their job but it's the nature of the game unfortunately.

“We expect him at some point to be able to implement his style that he wants to work to with the team.

“We need to be prepared for everything, it’s really difficult to know what way they'll set up.

“Darren was a respected player, I remember coming up against him and he was a classy player.


“I would imagine he’ll want to play a possession-based game but he’ll look at the makeup of the team he has and see what he can implement.

“We need to focus on the ‘what ifs’, what if they press like this, what if they build up in this way and make sure we’re ready for every eventuality.

“But I think usually when you have a new manager you do get that bounce a bit from the players, we need to make sure it’s something we’re aware of.”

Watch the video above to hear Gareth Taylor's press conference in full, including news on the return of Lucy Bronze.


City face Birmingham on Sunday 12 December (14:00), Leicester on Wednesday 15 December (19:00) and Reading on Sunday 19 December (14:00).

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