Steven Taylor talked at the launch of the new NINE bar at St James’s Park yesterday, which has been controversially renamed from Shearer’s Bar, to honor all the great number nines who have worn the famous black and white shirt and graced St. James’ Park. over the years
Steven Taylor – in action at Ibrox on Tuesday night
And it’s before the beginning of a new season and players and managers are coming out and saying how other clubs should be wary of them – and all that good bravado stuff.
Steven says Newcastle will not be easy prey for Manchester City in nine days time:
“Everybody is expecting Manchester City to take three very easy points – that’ll be everybody around the world and around the country.”
“It isn’t going to happen. We go into it really confident.” “We have players who are really fit now. We’ve got no real problems, only Loic Remy has a slight problem, but hopefully he will be involved as well.”
“It has shown in pre-season the intensity we have worked on this year. It’s through the roof. Anybody who has been at the training ground will tell you that.”
“Fitness-wise, the lads are looking stronger and stronger. Now we look to continue that against Braga.” “It was a bit of a kick up the backside at Rangers, but it got us in the mood for the Man City game.”
“We started a bit slowly on Tuesday and it was a physical game, and it was something different for some of the lads, especially the foreign boys.” “For us, it was a good test and probably what we needed.”
Let’s hope we do a lot better at Manchester City than we did in last season’s fixture earlier this year, when we were hopeless in that first half, and were eventually hammered 4-0.
And then in the next game we lost 2-1 at Wigan and had Massadio Haidara stretchered off, and things got worse from then on.
City have been looking good in pre-season, and of course they have a very strong side and will be wanting to start the season with a win against the 5th bottom side last season.
It will be a good test for our lads, and we’ll be able to see just how this season may go – and whether we are competitive with the top teams, or find a way to lose, which we did far too many times in the league last season.
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