A Local Game For Local People
We all know that the Premier League is basically the world league now, with not only players from every corner of the globe heading for England but of course the interest in terms of punters watching the English Premier League just grows and grows.
However, when it comes to matches like that on Sunday, it definitely doesn’t do any harm to have somebody in your team who knows what a local derby is all about – step forward Steven Taylor;
“Play for Sunderland? I would rather collect stamps than stick on that shirt.
I haven’t any friends who are Sunderland fans. As for players, I’m friendly with one or two from our days with the Under 21s but that was before they signed for Sunderland.
When I’m warming up their fans have their veins popping out of their necks. It’s like I’ve done something to their family or something!
The abuse I get doesn’t bother me one little bit. Even when I was starting out I always enjoyed that hostility. I like that sort of thing and it won’t get to me.
I’m so excited and even before the Manchester United match when everybody was talking about that one, I was only thinking about Sunderland”.
It also helps that when the player who is talking the talk has also shown himself to be somebody who is willing to get stuck in and lead by example.
With players like Taylor, Coloccini and hopefully Krul all returning, for me on paper we undoubtedly have better players but as we know over the years that hasn’t always equalled the right result.
On derby day it is at least down as much to mental strength as anything else, the more Steven Taylors we have in the team the better.
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