Newcastle defender Steven Taylor says he’s excited about the build-up to Sunday’s local derby against Sunderland but has warned his team-mates that they cannot afford to get carried away with their emotions.
The Magpies are slender favourites in online gambling markets after having lost only one of their last 15 meetings with the Wearsiders. They will be looking to get back on track following their disappointing 3-0 defeat to Manchester United last time out.
Alan Pardew’s men have made a solid start to the season but Taylor admits the defeat against the Red Devils has hit his side hard, especially after they went into the game fancying their chances of sealing the three points against Sir Alex Ferguson’s depleted side.
They now have the perfect opportunity to get their season back on track when they meet their local rivals at the Stadium of Light, for one of the most passionate derbies in the country.
Having grown-up on Tyneside, the match understandably means a lot to Taylor but unfortunately he’ll miss the clash due to injury.
Speaking to sport news before the game he insisted he will be there to offer his team-mates his advice and has warned them that they will have to control their emotions going into the game, otherwise they could get caught-up in the electric atmosphere
"Playing in the Tyne-Wear derby is what it's all about if you're a Newcastle player, and the build-up will grow and grow over this week as the game draws near,” he said. “There's always a massive build-up, and that's the way it should be."
"As a squad, we won't be doing anything different ahead of the derby - the gaffer will pick the team
in the usual way - and it's all about keeping cool heads on the day and keeping 11 players on the pitch."