Good News – Steven Taylor To Make Sunderland Game


Some good news this morning that Geordie Steven Taylor’s knee injury is only minor, and he should be able to start the game against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

steven taylor - mathieu debuchy after chelsea win

Steven Taylor and Mathieu Debuchy – both could make Sunderland game

The game has a very early kick-off time of 12 noon on Sunday, and the medics will be assessing Steven today, but reports say the chances are good that Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will start the derby game in two days time.

The French International defender picked up a small knock in the game last night but should be OK.

And Alan Pardew doesn’t think his side need lifting at all for the game on Sunday, as he had this to say in the local press today about the derby game:

“Trust me, if you live in the North East, it’s important.” “Regardless of the league position, it’s an important game and we acknowledge that.”

I don’t think any accusation can be made that we protected ourselves for Sunderland.” “We obviously had a game plan to make sure we didn’t get hurt in that first half like they hurt us away.”

“We made it very, very difficult for them.” “We couldn’t do what we did in the second half for 90 minutes – we just wouldn’t physically be able to do that and then play Sunderland.”

“In the second half, we had a real go. We left all our big-hitters on.” “But I think the energy levels are okay, I think we will be fine for Sunday. I hope so.”

And it seems Newcastle are not in bad shape for the Sunderland game, as there’s a decent possibility we’ll have both Mathieu Debuchy and Cheick Tiote fit for the game, and Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux will also be fresh – as will 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, who had a good outing last night and was replaced in the second half.

It was great to see Massadio playing again so soon, after that horrific tackle he suffered from at Wigan.

Newcastle will go all out against Sunderland on Sunday, and a win will virtually ensure we are safe in the Premier League this season – but we must get the win.

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29 comments so far

  • yo-yo

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    roll on Sunday and a good win

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  • BIGUPNUFC

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    pardews game management and tactics have been faultless over this last week, and we are coming into this game with quite a few fresh players.

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Yay debuch and tayls back plus haidara and krul thats a top notch defence.

    Anyone think marv looked a bit jaded last night? He played well enough but didn’t seem to have much energy, i presume thats why he was on the bench. Hopefully he’ll be fully rested and ready for the unwashed.

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    That is effing tremendous news.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Mr Newcastle.

    watch this funny video of the man himself. Ste taylor making a massive nuisance of himself in the stoke box hahaha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cLJ3DSzurQ

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Yo-Yo…Should be a good one. I think the lads will carry on the same fight from last night and against Sunderland, they’ll torture them. They ain’t anywhere near Benfica 🙂

    BigUp…All we can do now is get as many points and try and move up the table a bit. Would be nice to finish comfortably above the bottom 3 and put this season to bed on a somewhat high note. Players returning at a crucial time.

    Rainrix…Marv was dead at the end of the Fulham game, I’m convinced that’s why he didn’t start, no way was he making 90 minutes against Benfica and was frankly more important towards the end of the game imo.

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s a match stamina thing – Cabs was wrecked after Fulham and underpar last night so hope he has a belter Sunday and we get a bit more creativity with Marv and Benny both playing a part – if not the whole game. Saylor will be fresh and as long as Mbiwa, Sissoko and Guti who all had a great work rate last night are on adrenalin we could dump them.

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  • lesh

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Well, if Saylor’s playing Sunday, that’s at least one penalty we’ll concede! We’ll just have to play to win by a big margin!

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  • Williamsonsuks

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Great news!! We’re gonna humiliate them.
    Pards wont need any tactics on Sunday, the crowd will dictate the pace. The only tactic that’s needed is BEAT THE MACKEMS!!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Lesh….Do they have anyone left to score a penalty though? 😉

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza… Thats what i though as well and yet people still shout for pardews head when he doesn’t start despite the fact it was a brilliant call.

    Does make me a tad worried about sunday. Then again its sunderland, a team notoriously famous for being absolutely terrible 🙂

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Toon Tang

    love it 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    I hope pards is letting everyone rest. Maybe jst do the tactical stuff today then get them up to speed on sat. Nothing strenuous is required. Suppose torq may have a better view on how managers handle these situations re players fitness.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Rainrix…The guy couldn’t even get up to celebrate our match winner against Fulham 4 days ago ffs…clearly he would be struggling for this game, well it seems clear to me anyway.

    Worried about Sunday? Never like to underestimate a team, but can’t see how Sunderland are going to hurt us, unless we help them out…big time. Think I read it was January the last time they won a game and they’ve lost Fletcher and Cattermole since then…as if they’re going to beat us 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Mark…As long as he keeps Benny away from the open buffet we should be alright…amazed he still had his moves tbh, thought my TV settings had gone all funny when he came on 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Did everyone manage to see that photo of the benfica fans holding up a sign saying “we can confirm there are no makems at the real stadium of light”?

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    ibiza… Considering we had to score their goal for them as well last time out, bloody ba thank god he’s gone turncoat. 😉

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  • Williamsonsuks

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Some players are actually faster with more weight. Bellamy was told to gain a few pounds to increase his pace. Benny might have taken it a bit far though 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Mark….Nope, was that the facebook link you posted earlier? Couldn’t see a picture.

    Rainrix…We are kind souls really 🙂 Think this could be a game where we get a big win this season. Who better than against the mackems (well maybe Benfica? 😉 )

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  • toonaids

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    to be honest we tried our best and we didnt succeed but who cares, derby sundayland, players back , no european football next year, new signings in the summer, next season is gonna be mental, proper work on the league and domestic cups, build a team and look to finish in the top 5 again, we did it last season and i think if we keep our players well do it next season

    team for derby

    krul
    debuch taylor yanga santon
    marv cabaye tiote sissoko ben arfa
    cisse

    elliot, gouff, williamson, perch, simpson, anita

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza yes. I have a normal widescreen tv, but benny seemed to be playing in normal view so my tv stretched him. Deffo to much ouf avec pomme fritte..

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Yes it was a fb link. I wonder if i send it to ed he ca showit here…

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #23

    another win on sunday and we are pretty much safe and can look forward to the transfer window and geting into the top half 🙂

    seriously played brilliant there hairdryer was amazing again
    arfa and marv was very lively and looked like everytime they touched the ball something was going to happen.

    my slight negative would be again the cisse constantly offside and not getting any support untill arfa/marv came on (but another striker should solve that !

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  • firebug666

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Benny may have added a few pounds but his skill and speed are still evident for all to see, look at his attack last night that led to our goal, what a player.

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  • Tommyy

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #25

    HBA did look podgy! Well maybe it has given him more strength and power, he still looked sharp and pacey. I really want both him and Marv to start in a 433. Never going to happen though.

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  • derekm

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #26

    quick word for Williamson last night – he takes some stick but for me he did nothing wrong and gave it his all.

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  • Mag.no

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #27

    I’ve criticized Pardew before and hasn’t been his biggest fan, and that’s why i feel it’s important for me to praise him now. Well done Pards! I might even lean to think he can make us even better next season. Improved tactics and subs lately, and the emotional celebration against Fulham have won me over. Hope it continues!

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #28

    HBA’s timber may be helping him to barge through his tricky jinks a bit better!

    I am so glad the derby follows the benfica game. The players will have the distraction of another big occasion to lower them gently into the remaining games, it would have been so different if we were going to wigan on a cold rainy sunday. Sunday will be the kick start to our run-in, hopefully key players coming back in at the end of the season will give us a big push, and if we can climb a bit, the green shoots of a decent squad together with a couple of good summer signings and a few deadweights cast free will mean a big push for the top and maybe a cup next year. Despite what the detractors say, if we look at the big picture of the season, the potential for a good few coming seasons is all there.

    Just dont get a man sent off and lose with a bramble header is all I ask. 🙂

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  • nufc 11

    Apr 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Yanga was bit shakey at times last night still finding his feet, very disapointed with Cabaye went missing last night when needed the most Cisse lacked a partner up front they were their for the taking lst nite had we kept Ba we might of won the Europa weve missed his goals badly, in the end too 3pieces of sucide defending cost us as it has all season love to see a top defensive assitant coach come in the summer like tony adams, or bould that area needs addressing badly.

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