The last time Newcastle played at Villa Park was in early April, and Newcastle did not play well that day.
Steven Taylor – it will be a difficult game
Newcastle were beaten 1-0 and the attack was like puff pastry in that game, and we hardly threatened at all, and it was not unlike the game on Monday night, although Aston Villa didn’t have the chances QPR spurned in the 0-0 draw at Loftus Road.
And of course we had beaten Villa 6-0 at home in the first home game in August, but that was a bit of a freak result, with Newcastle converting almost every chance they had in that game, and Andy Carroll got a hat-trick, his first and last for the club, as it turned out.
The saving grace for Newcastle this season so far, is while they have had to to take a lot of pressure at the back, the defense has stood tall in all the games, and the lads have still conceded only one goal in their four league games.
If Newcastle are to get anything out of the game tomorrow, the defense will again need to be in top form.
Center-back Steven Taylor has been one of the star men so far this season, and he has no illusions about how tough this game will be, which is being televised live around the world.
Steven had this to say today on the Newcastle web-site:
“They have got a massive pitch down there compared to QPR where we played on Monday night, so it will be a very different game”
“But it will be difficult. We know what they are about. They beat us there last year, but we just have to concentrate on ourselves and worry about ourselves rather than them.”
“They’ve got internationals, top quality players, pace throughout the side and are defensively very good.” “For us, we are going to have to try and perform like we can perform, and concentrate on us – that’s what it’s all about.”
“We fight for each other. We limit them to chances inside the box, and there’s desire from everybody not to let them have an easy shot. The lads have been fantastic this season.”
One concern we have about tomorrow is the pace they have in their side, and after watching the QPR vs Newcastle game, manager Alex McLeish is likely to put their fastest player out on the right wing to take on Ryan Taylor, who just couldn’t handle the very speedy Wright-Phillips on Monday night.
That’s a concern we have about this game, plus the fact that Newcastle are already almost down to the bare bones in defense, with Davide Santon now joining Mike Williamson out injured.