Steven Taylor Sweating On Start Next Saturday


We were a little surprised that Steven Taylor was left on the bench in Saturday’s terrible 4-0 defeat at Stoke City.

Steven Taylor – sweating on start for next game

The fact that Alan Pardew preferred Sol Campbell to Steven was a little bit of a surprise to us, but we suppose it was Sol’s extra experience that got him the nod, but whether Sol can get many more games in the first team this season is a good question.

Sol was caught on the wrong side of Jonathan Walters for the Stoke opening goal, but other than that Sol seemed safe enough at the back.

Steven Taylor will be wondering whether he’s done enough in training to get a start against Wolves a week tomorrow,  when we expect Alan Pardew to revert to the usual 4-4-2 attacking formation Newcastle play in.

None of this 3-5-2 formation.

This is what Steven Taylor said today:

“I’m fit for selection. I’m just waiting for my chance – it’s as simple as that.” “Every game, you have to see what side the gaffer picks. That’s all I can do.”

“We can’t get carried away. We’ve got to knuckle down and take it a game at a time.” “We have to be ready for a battle, because it’s coming towards the end of the season.”

“It’s going to be tough against Wolves. They’re getting some good results, and we can’t treat them lightly, even though it’s at St James’ Park.” “We have to sort our home form out. Hopefully, we’ll be OK.”

“We’ll take it one game at a time. All we’re thinking of is getting three more points on the board.”

In order to get some additional match practice, Steven Taylor had 45 minutes for the Reserves earlier in the week,  in their 2-1 loss to Manchester United.

Steven wanted to play a bit longer, but James Perch managed to get himself sent off in the game,  and put further pressure on the Newcastle squad with his three match suspension.

The Newcastle squad is already a little threadbare,  because of injuries and suspensions, of course.

Steven talked about his run-out earlier this week:

“I didn’t really have much to do, so I was quite happy with that,”  “It would have been nice to have had more of a workout, but I think with Perchie getting sent off, they wanted to bring me off at half-time.”

Whatever the team selection is a week tomorrow, we have to hope that Leon Best, Jose Enrique and Stephen Ireland are all fit and ready to play, and that will help Newcastle get the win the team needs so badly.

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8 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 25, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    campbell out saylor in – no arguements!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Off subject. That cricket player, Yardy, who came home yesterday because of depression. Do you think he’s a Newcastle supporter?

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  • nyctoon

    Mar 25, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    pls no more campbell.

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  • Afunkymonk

    Mar 25, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed
    I’ve been reading your articles for months now and just wanted to say how badly written they are.

    Your sentence structures and inability to punctuate correctly, coupled with your insistence on calling everyone by their first name and referring to yourself as ‘we’ is something a 9 year old boy might do.

    Rubbish!

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  • Davies

    Mar 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #5

    What’s happened to Willo?

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Mar 25, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Alan Pardew if you ever read this or visit this site please take this advice

    Tim Krul in goal please !

    Steve Harper is a good guy but a mediocre Keeper
    and sentiment wont win us any points

    I cant believe that Tim was dropped because of his so called bad kicking ! Its usually excellent , what a poor excuse.

    Krul is one of the top 5 Keepers in this country .

    Harper is steady …sometimes , and he looks the part but will never pull off the spectacular to win you 3 points

    Krul pulls saves off you would never ever believe he could get to …those saves win games.

    Harper very very rarely does that.
    Krul is always on his toes with great concentration

    Harper seems stiff and slow ..reaction times are poor

    Tim Krul ..PLEASE !

    If you don’t believe the afore mentioned just watch Harpers last few games ..from the time he took the Keepers jersey back we have had abject failure ,

    I dont think the players have that much confidence in him in goal ..But as a senior pro who is going to tell him ?

    The Players all know who the best Keeper is .

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Mar 25, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Afunkymonk

    Have you been drinking son ? Ed runs a great site you would miss it if it went, would you?

    And picking someone up on punctuation and Grammar is something you would expect from a person suffering with depression … cheer up son, Its only football .

    We All make wee mistakes when writing …And Ed is consistently excellent …Dont knock him He’s working hard on this so’s we all have someplace to air our views, and it keeps us together, and we share info. As long as the message gets across what more do you want?.

    Your post is the meanest daftest post I have ever read on here.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 26, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m with Online Guy – I’ve had reason to whinge about one or two articles from Ed over the years, but by and large the standard of article is brilliant and in terms of a source of information on NUFC is concerned, this site is second to none.

    If you don’t like it Afunkymonk, don’t read it.

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