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Wednesday 30 November 2011

Taylor targets victory over Chelsea

Newcastle defender believes Club can beat illustrious opponents at St James' Park

Steven Taylor has played in every Barclays Premier League match for Newcastle this term

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor admits he cannot wait to take on Chelsea at the Sports Direct Arena on Saturday and believes his team can pull off a victory.

The fourth-placed Magpies meet the Blues, in fifth, in a potentially mouth-watering Barclays Premier League encounter.

Tickets for the match sold out last week, meaning the stadium will hold 52,000 supporters for the first time this season for the visit of Andre Villas-Boas's outfit.

"Hopefully the fans make it difficult for Chelsea by roaring us on"
- Steven Taylor

"We believe we can get the three points," Taylor told Newcastle's official website ( "Chelsea will have to be careful of the attacking options we have because we have been fantastic going forward this season.

"It's a big game and we want to carry on from where we left off when we drew at Manchester United last weekend. We can definitely cause Chelsea some problems.

"It should be a sell-out. It's down to the players to keep the punters there and we are doing the right job at the moment.

"Hopefully they are enjoying the football that we are putting on and getting behind the team, and hopefully they will make it difficult for Chelsea by roaring us on."

Alan Pardew's Newcastle have only lost once in their first 13 matches of the season, a 3-1 reverse at leaders Manchester City.

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Key Points

  • Defender looking forward to welcoming Chelsea
  • Believes Newcastle have ability to win the match
  • Taylor asks fans to get right behind the Magpies