Steven Taylor has admitted this season has been so very disappointing, once again, for Newcastle’s fans. But as Steven talks about the Sunderland game, he thinks next season will be a massive one for the Tyneside club under Kevin Keegan.
Steven Taylor – good end to the season and massive next year
â€œEveryoneâ€™s saying that itâ€™s been a disappointing season, but the recent form has at least started to put a few things right. We want the fans to be going into the summer happy, and beating Sunderland would help achieve that.”
“If we can get a win at the weekend the whole city will change. Itâ€™ll be a much better place and thatâ€™s something we can take into next year, which is going to be a massive year for us.”
â€œItâ€™s come at a great time. If it had been played two months ago, we might have been going into it wondering what was going to happen a little bit. Instead, weâ€™re going into it full of confidence and on great form. Weâ€™ve had a really good run in the last few weeks and I honestly donâ€™t think thereâ€™s a better time for us to be playing Sunderland.”
“I know theyâ€™ve done all right themselves recently as well, but I can promise you that weâ€™ll be buzzing at the weekend.” â€œWe know what it means to the fans. Itâ€™ll be a fantastic day and I canâ€™t wait to see them going crazy. The adrenaline will be pumping.â€
Newcastle did luckily get a 1-1 draw in the corresponding fixture at the Stadium of Light but it was clear that Sunderland looked the better side and probably should have won before James Milner’s cross found the net.
But Taylor is certainly aware knows this is a completely different Newcastle side under Keegan than it was under Sam Allardyce, and right now is so full of confidence. Their play is also so much better to watch and mirrors the enthusiasm and confidence of manager Kevin Keegan as contrasted to the way Sam played where a dour away draw was often a great result to Sam.
â€œI donâ€™t think we produced our best performance through there, so thatâ€™s something we know we have to put right. Maybe we played a bit too defensively but, having said that, they still couldnâ€™t beat us back then.”â€œItâ€™ll be different at St Jamesâ€™ Park.”
“Theyâ€™re coming into the game on the back of a defeat, whereas we played well in our last game at Portsmouth. Everybody will be up for it, and nobody has to worry about the attitude weâ€™ve got.”
“Weâ€™ll pose a lot of threat. Itâ€™s a different Newcastle side to the one they faced last time around, and weâ€™re going to pose a lot of different questions.â€
Steven’s right to say Newcastle can put a lot of things right by a powerful end to the season in these last four games, but we must get the win on Sunday. If we can do that we can look forward to the last three games, which on our current form are winnable games, against West Ham away, Chelsea at home and Everton away.
With our current side these games will pose no fear, given the great confidence instilled in the players by maestro Kevin Keegan, who goes out to win every single game. It’s so very refreshing.
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