Paul Taylor deserves a chance to shine after impressing in training, says Ipswich Town midfielder Paul Green

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Ipswich Town v Birmingham City - Portman Road, Ipswich - 1 Mar 2014. Ipswich

Sky Bet Championship, Ipswich Town v Birmingham City - Portman Road, Ipswich - 1 Mar 2014. Ipswich Town's Paul Taylor fires in a shot. PHOTO: Ashley Pickering. - Credit: Ashley Pickering

Paul Taylor deserves a chance to shine in the Ipswich Town side after making the most of his unexpected opportunity.

So says Blues midfielder Paul Green after Taylor produced a man-of-the-match in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Birmingham, the livewire forward having initially been named on the bench but elevated to the starting XI on the morning of the game after new loan signing Jonny Williams reported a tight muscle.

Injured for the vast majority of his debut campaign at Portman Road, Taylor – a £1.5m addition from Peterborough – has found his chances limited this season. Left at home for a warm-weather training camp in Portugal last month, the 26-year-old was then sent home from Barnsley just hours before kick-off due to toothache.

“He deserves to play because in training he does that day-in, day-out,” said Green, after a display of strength, direct-running, great work-rate and intelligent movement led to Taylor receiving a standing ovation from the Portman Road faithful when he was substituted two minutes before the end of what was only his third league start of 2013/14.

“He is a proper Scouse; a lively character. That’s the perfect role for him, tucked in behind the two strikers. Paul gets the attack going and gets his shots in. All that was missing was a goal. He deserved the man-of-the-match award today – he was brilliant.”

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Blues boss Mick McCarthy said: “I thought he (Taylor) was considered in his play today. I know he do the maverick bit and boom one in from 40 yards, but how often does that happen? It’s very rare. Maybe once or twice a season.

“You have to track back every single game, you have to hold it up and find a final pass and do all the stuff that is sometimes a little bit boring. I thought he did all of that really well today. I was pleased with him.”

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Victory, which came courtesy of Daryl Murphy’s 38th minute winner, saw Ipswich move up to ninth in the table and close the gap on sixth-spot (now occupied by Wigan after they won 4-1 at Nottingham Forest and Reading drew 1-1 at home to Yeovil) to four points. Mick McCarthy’s side have 13 games to go, with Wigan, Brighton (8th), Blackburn (10th) and Leeds (12th) all having a match in hand.

“We needed to win today because if we had not won we could have been too far off the play-offs,” said Green, whose side continue a run of seven games in March with the lengthy trips to Middlesbrough (Saturday) and Yeovil (next Tuesday).

“If you don’t think you can’t get there (in the top six) then you won’t. Everyone believes we can.

“This is a big month for us and we have six home games left where we can get points (Wigan, Derby, Nottingham Forest, Doncaster, Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday).”

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