Steven Taylor wants Newcastle to finish in the top 10 in the Premier League this season – don’t we all?
Steven Taylor – wants 6 points from last 2 games
Steven came in from the cold last week against Birmingham, in place of the injured Mike Williamson, and showed some of his old form with a solid display at the back for the Magpies, and he scored an excellent goal too – the winner in fact
The 25 year-old former England Under-21 captain told Sky Sports today:
“The main thing, we said at the start of pre-season in Ireland, was survival and once we got that, it was a good season.”
“Now where we are, why not go for it and try to get the six points and hit the top 10?” “You are playing with players who you know are giving 100% every week and they want to be here playing.”
“It means more. Everybody knows how much togetherness we have in this squad.” “Getting relegated has definitely helped Newcastle, it’s pulled us through.”
“At the start of the season, everyone had us down for the bottom three all year.” “We have proved a lot of people wrong and now we can just relax a bit and enjoy it and see how things go now.”
Steven is so right in what he says, and the lads have got the job done for Newcastle this season, there’s no doubt about that.
It may be difficult picking up too many points in these last two games however, simply because Newcastle currently have as many as 12 first team players out, mostly with season ending injuries.
The players out for todays game at Stamford Bridge are Ben Arfa, Gosling, Harper, Williamson, Campbell, Best, Smith, Guthrie, Nolan, Perch, Ireland and Tiote.
With those players you could have a very decent starting eleven.
Having that many players unavailable is really ridiculous, and if the club are to have massive injuries again, like we had in the past, then Alan Pardew needs to increase the size of the squad in the summer.
While we can see Newcastle possibly beating West Brom next Sunday afternoon, the match at Chelsea later today will be very very tough indeed.
Of course gutsy brave play can receive its rewards, and we saw both Blackpool and Wolves yesterday simply out-muscle and out-fight Bolton and Sunderland respectively.
The two relegation teams just wanted it more, and they both got excellent wins, to their enormous credit.
Newcastle have that fight and spirit in bucket-loads these last two seasons, and that should give the lads hope over these last couple of games.