Steven Taylor was last sent off at the worst possible time, when he picked up a second yellow card with 10 minutes to go against Chelsea, when we were 2-0 up, and that could have cost Newcastle the win.
Steven Taylor – must keep hos head on Sunday
As it was, the Newcastle defense somehow survived the Chelsea onslaught on the 10 man Newcastle side, who played valiantly to hold onto all 3 points and record a third successive win in the fixture.
Newcastle have enough problems with injuries never mind suspensions, and Alan Pardew today talked about the discipline in the Newcastle side:
“I will be looking at one or two who maybe get emotionally involved.” “Probably the one who worries me the most is Steven Taylor.”
“He wears his heart on his sleeve and played like that sometimes in this fixture.” “I’ve spoken to him about it. I think this time around, he will be a lot calmer and in a better shape.”
Newcastle could have five Geordies in the starting line-up on Sunday – Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Jack Colback and Sammy Ameobi – in an attempt to end Sunderland’s winning streak – which stands at three games at the moment.
And Sunderland have won this fixture 3-0 in the last two seasons, and it’s August, 2011 since we last beat Sunderland with that famous 1-0 win with a great goal from a Ryan Taylor free-kick that gave us a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light.
We expect Steven Taylor to start the game, and our defense will have to play a lot better than we have in the last two games, when we have conceded four goals in each of those defeats at Arsenal and Tottenham.
Here’s hoping for a Newcastle win.
Howay The Lads!!
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