Steven Taylor, the England Under-21 captain, who has had less than a stellar season this year on Tyneside, confesses that we are in a relegation fight still.
Steven Taylor – will go all out against Everton
While it was a terrific win at WBA, a defeat against Everton on Sunday will put us right back in the middle of the relegation zone, and we just have to try to get clear of the lower placed teams in the next few games.
The Newcastle side, showed a lot of unity and team spirit t the Hawthorns, with new boys Kevin Nolan, Ryan Taylor and Peter Lovenkrands all playing significant parts in the win, and Taylor seems confident of another positive result on Sunday.
Taylor told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We need to stick together, like we did in the last 15 minutes at West Brom when we showed a lot of character.” “We’re in a relegation fight, and we know that.”
“Everton have got a massive togetherness too, and that’s something we need to match.” “There’s no reason why we can’t beat them or most teams that come to Newcastle.”
“There’s no point playing negatively against them.”
The Newcastle managers did great at WBA by fighting hard to get the win for their manager Joe Kinnear, and we expect them to be fighting hard again on Sunday, when they will know that Joe will be watching the game on TV.
Joe’s first game in charge was at Goodison Park, when the lads were 2-0 down after about 30 minutes, but came back to get a very good 2-2 draw on the day. And it was Steven who started the revival with a goal just before half time.
“The good thing about it was that we were 2-0 down and got back into the game, which gave us a lift.” “I was just happy to play my part.”
“I think the last 15 minutes at West Brom recently were the longest of my career.” “It meant so much to the lads.” “We were working so hard, and we can a take a lot of confidence from it.”
Unfortunately Taylor is on four yellow cards this season, meaning that a caution against Everton will rule him out for the trip to Bolton, and if that happens it may mean his namesake, Ryan Taylor, will fill in at right back against Bolton Wanderers.
But Steven Taylor says he will keep on fighting for the Newcastle cause:
“When the game kicks off you don’t think about bookings.
“If I get booked, I get booked – I’m not going to change my game.”
It should be a really competitive game against Everton, and if we can just get some luck, we could even get the win, which would be so important for our survival in the Premier League this season.