Steven Taylor wants to give Newcastle fans something special against PSV Eindhoven at St James’ Park tonight.
Steven Taylor – something special tonight?
Newcastle have now lost their last three friendly games by the same score, 1-0, and Kevin Keegan still has a number of key players missing for tonight’s friendly against PSV.
Three strikers will be missing again tonight, Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka are all not fit enough yet, although Owen and Martins hope to play against Valencia on Saturday.
Steven Taylor returned from Palma with the squad on Monday, where they had been supported well several hundred fans present for the Mallorca Summer Cup.
The 22-year-old was among the players to applaud them after the Hertha Berlin and Real Mallorca defeats.
Steven is hoping the Newcastle side can give the fans something to remember tonight, and on Saturday, so the fans will look forward to the first league game at Old Trafford on 17th August, rather than dread it.
Taylor told the Shields Gazette this morning:
“The fans were brilliant (in Mallorca), as they always are.”“Obviously, we wanted to give them something to shout about. It wasn’t to be, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying.”
“The lads have been working very hard, and fitness-wise we’re building towards the first game. We’ll be ready by then.”
“We’ve got two more friendlies, and they’re massive for us. Pre-season is all about fitness, but at the same time you want to win every game when you’re a Newcastle United player.”
“PSV are a very good team â€“ they won the Dutch league. You want games like this to test yourself.”
“We’re missing a few players, but there’s a lot of quality in this squad, and in front of our own fans, we’re confident we can win. There’s no reason why not.”
Certainly Newcastle will need to show more of a cutting edge in front of goal than we have since our very first pre-season game, since it does need goals to win matches, after all.
And we’ve looked anything but dangerous in front of goal these last 3 games, with Smith and Ameobi looking very poor.
We’ll have to hope for a big improvement over the games we played in Mallorca over last weekend, that’s for sure.
A win would be very nice against PSV, who are a good side.