Taylor Wants Clean Sheet Against Villa


Steven Taylor, who was deservedly named in the full England squad yesterday by Steve McClaren, thinks the Newcastle defense can still do better after looking quite solid last week at Bolton.

One way Newcastle can improve today against Aston Villa is to have a clean sheet – and that’s what Newcastle star Taylor wants today.

England manager Steve McClaren will be at the game, running the rule over Steven and the many English players Villa have in their side.

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Steven Taylor – wants clean sheet today against Aston Villa


Steven told the Newcastle United web-site yesterday:

“Our fans at Bolton were fantastic and hopefully it can continue against Villa tomorrow night.” “I threw my shirt into the crowd at the end because they were so good at Bolton and really helped us.”

“It was a token of appreciation because they got behind us so well.”

Taylor looked solid alongside David Rozenhal at the Reebok, but he knows there is great competition for places with Claudio Cacapa now pressing for a starting place after coming through a reserve game in midweek and looking to continue his glittering career at Newcastle.

Taylor continued:

“We go into the Villa match on a high, but we are not getting carried away with ourselves.” “Over the last few years we have been slow starters, but this is the first time for a while we have started well.”

We have had a week to recover from the Bolton game.” “We set about Wanderers very well and won most of our second balls.”

We will be looking to do that again when Villa come up here.”

Speaking about two-goal star Oba Martins, Taylor added:

“Oba has proved he wants to play for the club.” “What better way to show that than with two goals in the first game?

He has been playing out wide but I still thought he did a fantastic job, worked well for the team and scored his goals.”

“That is what we need, we need to work hard for each other.”

“If you have people working hard and putting their head on the line for each other, you have a great chance.”

The work-rate against Bolton was second to none and that is what we are going to need.” “We even had players on the bench who were desperate to get on the field, so it bodes well for the season.”

Taylor revealed there is still a challenge left after last week’s efforts and that’s keeping a clean sheet after Nicholas Anelka ended any hope of that last Saturday.

Steven added:

“You cannot stop concentrating no matter what the score is.” “The only disappointment was Nicolas Anelka scoring because we have worked well defending set-pieces and they broke away and scored.”

We already have something to improve on.” “We want to eradicate stupid mistakes like that.”

Nearly every member of the team tonight is under pressure for their position because of Sam’s strengthening of the squad. Add to that a great team spirit and commaraderie between the players and we have the mixture of competition and spirit that Sam was so good at creating at Bolton. A win tonight and Newcastle fans will be close to ecstatic when they read their Sunday papers tomorrow – with two wins in their first two league games for the first time in 10 years.

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8 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Aug 18, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Keeping a clean sheet against Villa will be a great stepping stone in creating the home “Fortress” so badly needed. Other teams will fear coming to SJP, just as they do going to Trafford or Anfield. They will soon know that its going to be very, very hard to score here and that with the attacking force available, we will always score goals. BSA and the Management are to be congratulated for the players recruited and the positive vibes now buzzing around the Club and the team. Good luck today, give the Villa a pasting boys.

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  • Big AL

    Aug 18, 2007 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    I cant wait to get in the ground i just have such a good feeling about the game, think we are gonna rip them to peices 4-0, and although i would need a week to list the number of times NUFC have let me down i just dont feel they will. Sam has done a fantastic job bringing new quality players to the club and remember when roeder first took charge we finished 7th and that was with a far weaker, less fit and less happy squad than we have now. And with all the positive interviews from our players the team spirit looks in its best shape in years. COME ON THE TOON !!!!!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 18, 2007 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    “We want to eradicate stupid mistakes like that.”

    Bugger off Carr 🙂

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  • Rocky

    Aug 18, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    I am so optimistic for this season. A week seemed like hell waiting for this game. And even then, it’s a 5:15 kick off!!!

    I think nufc fans should not get too excited because at some point or the other, we will lose some matches and drop points, therefore we just need to be level headed. Nothing wrong with optimism or dreaming though!! Ha ha

    What position do you see NUFC finish this season?

    Mr prediction: top 6 (I’ve placed a £10 bet for them to finish 4th! – Now that’s wot u call optimism!)

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  • Gallacher the Horse

    Aug 18, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    LOL You’re right Tom Toon, wasn’t exactly a veiled comment from ST was is? Wonder if they had a few words afterwards, even with Carr supposedly the ‘senior’ player. ST is one of Wor Al’s no-nonsense proteges after all, and look how he used to roast those who didn’t perfom or give their best.

    Remember how Al seemed to be on Bowyer’s side after the Dyer incident, even though Dyer was the ‘senior’ player? At least Bowyer had/showed heart and determination, so there was Al for him. I’m sure ST is in the same mould and won’t suffer fools gladly this season. After all, he’s a full England international now!

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  • Gallacher the Horse

    Aug 18, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Well, nearly a full international. How can he not be picked for some part of the game?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 18, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Rocky – i think Sam is actually aiming for top 4 – especially if he brings in say 3 new players. He’ll never say that of course but the team did look classy in first half last week – and fairly solid in second half – but i was still nervous in that second half – a second goal and we’d have been under a lot of pressure. With Spurs starting poorly again i think we can make top 6 and that would be just great – but i’d not be surprised if we do even better.
    Then imagine what next summer will be like with Sam having to improve his squad – so exciting. I am so upbeat but writing these columns i have to keep a lid on it – but still get carried away at times. Think Sam is close to perfect for Newcastle.
    Big man and big personality for a (very) big club – with the greatest support in the world. 52,00 gates and we’ve not won anything in 39 years. You’d never get that support anywhere else.

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  • dan

    Aug 18, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Everybody needs to calm down…we’ve played 1 game!
    lets be positive but not over the top. an improvement on last season will be progress – thats all we can ask for every season that comes along.

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