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.