Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: TAYLOR: I AM A BIG BOY; EXCLUSVE United Star Speaks Openly about Being Dropped and His Battle to Win His First-Team Place Back

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: TAYLOR: I AM A BIG BOY; EXCLUSVE United Star Speaks Openly about Being Dropped and His Battle to Win His First-Team Place Back

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Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer

STEVEN TAYLOR shrugged off the furore over comments from Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce by insisting today: "I'm a big boy now."

The United boss said on Thursday that the reason his 21-year-old defender had been left on the bench for the game with Everton - and left in the cold for the matches with Spurs and Reading - was because he had been rubbish in the defeat by Manchester City at Eastlands a month ago.

Big Sam insists that he was talking about his back four as a whole, and not just Taylor.

But in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle, Taylor said: "I don't know what all the fuss is about.

"I'm a big boy now and if this is what the manager said then I will take it all on the chin.

"This is all part and parcel of being a professional footballer. The manager picks the team and I will always respect his decisions.

"In any case, I am sure a lot worse is going to happen to me in my career in the next few years.

"I love Newcastle United. I am a Geordie. This is my club and this is where I belong.

"All I want to do is to get my head down and fight to get my place back."

Taylor's problems began in the defeat by Manchester City at Eastlands on September 29.

Charles N'Zogbia was given a torrid time by Northern Ireland winger Stephen Ireland and Elano's control of the midfield made it difficult for the United back four.

But it was City's second goal, made by Martin Petrov, who skinned Taylor, and headed in by Emile Mpenza, who lost Rozehnal, which had Big Sam squirming in his seat.

And Taylor admitted: "I know I should have done better over the second goal.

"I thought I had Petrov covered, but he caught me out by a little change in pace.

"Yes, I did have a poor game down at Manchester City, but it wasn't all my fault that we lost. …

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