Steven Taylor is fit again after recovering from the hamstring strain he picked up in the 5-0 mauling of West Ham early this year.
Steven Taylor – in action against Chelsea
But it seems that Steven will have to content himself with being on the bench for the next game or two, with Coloccini and Williamson in fine form for the Magpies at the moment.
The 25 year-old Greenwich born England U21 International was a second-half substitute in last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Bolton.
Steven came on at right back in a three man back-line, as manager Pardew played two of his 10 men up front, in an attempt to win the home game.
Steven talks today about beating any team around or below Newcastle in the league, during the run-in:
“We’re playing well and we’ve put some good results together,” “We had a hard-fought win against Birmingham, and those are the teams we should be beating. ”
“Anybody below us or around us, we’re looking for a big result.” “We want to get a bit of a gap going. We’ve got some big games coming up here, and this isn’t an easy place to come.”
“We have players coming back, like Stephen Ireland and Shola Ameobi, so it’s a good bonus for us.”
In the 10 remaining league games Newcastle play only three teams that are currently above them in the league – Manchester United at home, and Liverpool and Chelsea away.
And Newcastle still have to play Wolves, Birmingham and WBA at home and Blackpool away – and those are four sides that are currently in the bottom six in the league table – 12 points?
So if Steven is right we should be able to pick up quite a few points over the remainder of this season, starting with 3 points against Everton on Saturday of course.
We’ll see how we do, but it’s hardly a daunting last 10 games to be playing.