26 year-old Steven Taylor is looking forward to the derby game at Sunderland on Sunday, and the Geordie knows all about these derby games, and he says that form goes out of the window in games between Newcastle and Sunderland.
Steven Taylor in action at Reading
Newcastle have an excellent record against Sunderland in the last several years and have lost only one of the last 15 matches between the north-east rivals, and we certainly don’t want to make that two on Sunday.
After being second best against Manchester Unite din our last game, only the second home defeat of the year we may add, Newcastle need to get back to some top form and try to start picking up some decent results, so we can climb that league table.
This is what Steven said on the Newcastle web-site:
“Playing in the Tyne-Wear derby is what it’s all about if you’re a Newcastle player, and the build up will grow and grow over this week as the game draws near. There’s always a massive build-up, and that’s the way it should be.”
“It’s a game you don’t want to lose. I think I feel it more than most because I’m a Geordie and a lifelong Newcastle fan, so I’ll be reminding the lads just how much it means to the people around here.”
“But if any players don’t quite grasp the size of this game, the penny will drop when they get out onto the pitch for the warm-up and see the faces in the crowd and how much it means to them.”
“As a squad, we won’t be doing anything different ahead of the derby – the gaffer will pick the team in the usual way – and it’s all about keeping cool heads on the day and keeping 11 players on the pitch.”
“What I’ve learned over the years is that form goes out of the window in this fixture, and it really doesn’t matter what either team have done in the matches before the big game.”
“Playing in derby games requires an extra degree of concentration, and you have to be more careful with everything you do. So much can happen, but you can’t afford to get caught up in the occasion and sucked in by the atmosphere.”
Newcastle should have four first team players back for the game at the Stadium of Light, and we expect Danny Simpson, Steven, Colo and Tim Krul to all return to the starting line-up.
A win is what we need on Sunday and a good display too.
3 points will give Newcastle the momentum we need at this time of the season.
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