Taylor and Shola Ameobi are Newcastle’s two Geordies in the team tomorrow at Sunderland, and while neither was born in the Newcastle region, both were raised as Geordies, that’s for sure.
Stephen Taylor – our priority is to go there and win
And the last time Newcastle were beaten at Sunderland, way back in the 1979-80 season, neither was even born – and we’re sure they don’t want to be in the next Newcastle side that gets beaten at Sunderland. That wouldn’t be good.
Taylor told the Evening Chronicle today:
“As a Geordie, the derbies against Sunderland are the first games you look for when the fixtures come out, and I am glad the first game’s away.” “We didn’t perform well in the last game at the Stadium of Light – we’re well aware of that.”
“The main thing now for us is that we’re going there full of confidence after playing Manchester City with 10 men. The lads showed a lot of character, and performed to their best.” “It’s going to take a collective performance – we can’t carry anybody.” “When the going gets tough, it’s up to the boys to stand up and be counted.”
“Yes, it’s been a difficult few months, but the lads have got on with it well.” “Joe Kinnear has come in as manager, and taken the pressure off the players.” “He’s given us confidence, and we’re much more confident as a team.”
“I was amazed at the decision to send Habib off and I’m delighted it’s been rescinded. We’ve now got him back for a very important game.” “We know about Newcastle’s record at Sunderland, and we’re not even thinking about the possibility of a defeat.”
“Our priority is to go there and win the game.”
That has to be the priority in almost every game this season, because we need the points, and we have certainly not given up on qualifying for Europe this season.
If we can get a good run of form going, and can strengthen under the new owners in January, we’re in with as good a chance as any team outside the top four in qualifying for the UEFA Cup.
We still live in significant hope for the team.