Taylor – Our Priority Is To Win At Sunderland

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“I was amazed at the decision to send Habib off and I’m delighted it’s been rescinded.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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Big Gaz

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Ther are still 30 games to play..thats a lot of points..we have had a poor start what with everything that has been going on but lets keep our heads up….Thing can and will get much better for Newcastle United…

    Keegan for prime minister !!!!!!

  • skin d

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #2

    crisis,what crisis just wait till about 2.30 tomorrow victory!!!.

  • Heavy hitters

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Just keep ya hole shut Taylor and concentrate on keeping us a clean sheet tomorrow.

  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Dont agree with the keegan part big gaz. I think Kinner is doing a great job and as much as keegs was a great figure for the club he is no longer the right man for the job.

  • foz

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5

    come on the toon! 3-1 newcastle: taylor, martins and ameobi with the goals. Come on lads!!!

  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 24, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Duff will probs score 2m0z

  • daffy

    Oct 24, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #7

    sunderland will be to strong for the mags tomorrow , the past is history , this is now & newcastle are the underdogs . safc . 3 nufc 0

  • Toon_Ksk

    Oct 24, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Whatever it is, just don’t lose!


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