It turns out that Steven Taylor was very close to making the game last Sunday, but he failed a late fitness test, but he should be ready for the next game in two weeks time, and local lad Steven needs no help to get motivated for games against the old enemy – Sunderland.
Steven Taylor – in action against Olympiacos
It looks like the lad from Whitley Bay and captain Coloccini will be ready to take their places in central defense against Sunderland, in a game Newcastle must do well in – and preferably win it – and preferably just hammer the opposition.
And another local lad Shola Ameobi could get a start, and quite honestly we think he should, because he works well with either Demba Ba or Papiss Cisse up front, and those two Senegal men don’t seem to have a good understanding between them.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“We’re going to have to make sure we get a team out there which knows how important this game is.” “They need to know how important it is to the fans – and they need to understand it in terms of passion and commitment of the team.”
“They’ve (Colo and Steven Taylor) got a very good chance.” “They should train this week with a bit of luck. And that’ll help.” “I’m not so sure about Tim. We’ll have to see.”
“I’m worried about how much work Danny Simpson had done.” “He had only trained for three or four days. The Bordeaux game took a bit out of him.”
Steve Harper made a few hair raising moments on Sunday – at least my hair rose – but he will be between the posts against Sunderland, since Tim Krul probably is still another week away from returning between the sticks.
And of course, Harper’s a local lad, and knows all about the rivalry with Sunderland.
A win is really what we need in this upcoming game, and we suppose a draw would be OK – but we need to get some wins soon to propel ourselves up that league table.
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