Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Taylor Wanting His Own Piece of United History; Taylor's Mission

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Taylor Wanting His Own Piece of United History; Taylor's Mission

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Byline: Stuart Rayner ? (0191) 201-6283 ? stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

STEVEN Taylor spent yesterday teaching schoolchildren about the history of Newcastle United. Tomorrow he wants to take another step towards writing it.

The centre-back is desperate to win the club's first major trophy since 1969. Doing so in the Europa League will erase one of the biggest disappointments of his career.

Taylor and team-mate Adam Campbell spoke to pupils from Atkinson Road Primary School in Benwell on behalf of teaching agency First Class Supply, before flying to Moscow today for the first leg of a Europa League last 16 tie against Anzhi Makhachkala.

Taylor is confident Newcastle can see off possibly the world's richest club and win the competition, particularly if they score tomorrow.

"It's good seeing all the good times people like Bob Moncur had and every year we seem to say we want to win something, we want to win something," Taylor said at the Newcastle United Foundation event. "Until we do we'll never be on that kind of step.

"That's the one thing missing from us at the moment, we need to win something major for the club so the Europa League this year is our main goal."

The Magpies produced a classic twolegged European performance in the last round, holding Metalist Kharkiv to a 0-0 at St James' Park, then beating them 1-0 in the return.

"In my experience it's important to get a goal away," said Taylor, rested in Ukraine but highly unlikely to be tomorrow with Fabricio Coloccini not travelling because of a bad back. "It helps massively for your confidence as well. The Metalist game, the most important thing in the first leg was to not concede. When you play away you have to score. "We know it's going to be difficult, the (artificial) pitch is going to be a massive factor, but I still think we've got the players and the quality to get the goals we need. …

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