23 year-old Steven Taylor is set to return to Newcastle United’s starting line-up for the important game against Peterborough United at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Steven Taylor – can he score one of these on Saturday?
The game is against a team that is second bottom of the league right now, but we can take nothing for granted – and we need to ensure we get all 3 points on Saturday.
3 points against Peterborough are as good as 3 points against WBA in terms of amassing the points (>90) we will need to get us automatically promoted this season.
Steven has been out for the past four matches because of a hamstring injury but will return on Saturday, almost for definite because Chris Hughton says he could have played on Monday night, at a push.
But it was good management and common sense for Chris to hold him back, especially as we got all 3 points at Bramall Lane.
Steven’s an important player, and we cannot risk him having a niggling groin problem all season.
Hughton said today on the club’s official website:
“Steven could have probably, at a push, played against Sheffield United (on Monday),”
“We chose not to risk him and that decision paid off. But he will be fine for the weekend and we look forward to welcoming him back.”
Peterborough are not one of the greatest attacking sides in the Championship, so it’s a good game for Steven to make his comeback in, but as we know Doncaster and Plymouth gave us more than we wanted at St. James’ Park in the league, so don’t think this match will be a cake-walk.
For the record Plymouth haven’t won away from home in their 7 away games so far (neither had Doncaster), and have just 3 draws. They have scored just 5 goals and conceded 12 on their travels – so we have to hope the lads can keep another clean sheet.
That should be more possible if we have our first choice back four in place – Simpson, Coloccini, Taylor and Enrique – for the first time since the game at Ipswich (26th September) when we won 4-0.
A win and a clean sheet is almost the perfect result for the team this season, and we need to take some revenge against Peterborough, who knocked us out of the Carling Cup earlier in the season.
We almost forgot about that. 😀