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Steven Taylor looking forward to tough game against ‘probably best team in Championship’

4 years ago

Steven Taylor believes that the Sir Bobby Robson day will be a great occasion but that it is still all about the points.

A win would ensure Ipswich are in the Championship next season, whilst a victory for Newcastle would all but make certain the visitors are not in second tier come August.

Steven Taylor won’t be taking any part on Monday, only playing 161 minutes for Ipswich since arriving mid-season, the former Newcastle defender has yet another injury, this time to his hamstring.

The last four seasons Taylor hasn’t managed double figures in terms of league games for any club but Mick McCarthy has already said he is interested in offing the centre-back a new deal to keep him at Ipswich next season.

Victory against Burton at the weekend pushed Ipswich up to an almost respectable 15th place after a season of relegation struggles.

Steven Taylor thinks that Newcastle are ‘probably the best team in the Championship’ but now four points behind Brighton with four matches remaining, it is unlikely the final league table will suggest that.

Ipswich are unbeaten at Portman Road since January and indeed have only lost two of their last 13 matches home and away.

Of the last six home games, five have been drawn and only three goals conceded in the last seven and a half hours of football at home.

So Newcastle are facing a more difficult challenge than maybe it looked at first glance, a victory would mean an all-time NUFC record of 14 away wins in a season.

Steven Taylor:

“The main thing will be for us to get the three points.

“It’s going to be a very tough game against probably the best team in the Championship who have been very consistent all season.

“I know it’s a big game with the Sir Bobby Robson day that the Club has put on and Newcastle will come here needing that win to get closer to promotion.

“We still need to get the points on the table, too.

“We can’t be thinking we’re safe and relying on other teams to lose, so we need to do our job.

“There’s really only one word to describe the man (Sir Bobby Robson). Legend.

“He was a father figure, it was amazing for me to work with such a legend.

“He is respected all over the world, he had that bit about him.

“There were times he could be fuming and you go into his office, you come out and he has his arm around you and you don’t know how he has done it.

“The way he dealt with his players, it was a unique tool that he had.

“You don’t really see that much (now) in management, it was old school.

“There was something special, a great talent.”


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