Eric Black believes that Colin Doyle has shown that he is more than capable of challenging Maik Taylor for the goalkeeper's jersey.
Doyle replaced the Northern Ireland international for last Saturday's trip to Colchester and the youngster acquitted himself excellently in the 1-1 draw against the U's.
It was only Doyle's second League start for Blues, but Black believes that his previous time out on loan with Millwall and Nottingham Forest helped slip seamlessly into the role.
"I though Doyley did really well," said Black.
"He made a couple of difficult stops down at his feet and he held them well.
"Generally his kicking was decent his presence was good as it always is.
"His time spent playing at Millwall and Forest obviously helped him coming in to the first team.
"He's shown that he's more than capable and he's ready to have a go now and challenge Maik Taylor now."
Taylor was understandably very disappointed to lose his number one role last weekend, but Black is sure that he will respond to the challenge of winning his place back.
"I'm sure Maik's ready to respond," added Black.
"He's been an exceptionally good goalkeeper and he still is.
"But the gaffer (Steve Bruce) makes the decisions about who starts and you have to live with it and respond like everybody else."